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The Undertaker: A female undertaker in nineteenth century Scotland sets out to solve the mysteries of the dead.


In 1858 in Edinburgh Scotland, a 23-year-old woman named Kate Grainger inherits her father's undertaking business. It is a time when not much is expected of women, other than to be wives and mothers, and Kate wants to be neither. She wants to be a doctor but women are not allowed to enter the prestigious Edinburgh School of Medicine. She has a male friend, James, who is a doctor - he is smitten with her and wants to marry her, but she has made it clear that she has no such intentions. She spends a lot of time with him looking through his medical books to learn all that she can. She has drive and ambition - and a special gift. Kate can communicate with people who have passed over. She had, what her father thought, was an imaginary friend when she was a child, but her companion was the spirit of a little girl who had died in the Great Fire of Edinburgh. When Kate discovers that her first client at Grainger Undertakers has been murdered, she sets out on a journey that takes her deep into Edinburgh's underground and into the spirit world to catch a serial killer.

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Carmel McMurdo Audsley

Carmel McMurdo Audsley is an Australian Journalist and Author who lives in Brisbane with her husband Iain. Carmel's first three books were historical fiction novels based on her family's history in Scotland. She received glowing reviews from readers who were moved by the stories of people in the south-west of Scotland.  Her fourth novel The Undertaker, about a young female undertaker in Edinburgh in 1858, proved popular and readers asked for a sequel.  The Undertaker:Masquerade was published in 2017 and a third instalment in the series is planned. The Last Hurrah was a departure from her historical fiction novels.  It is a contemporary novella about a terminally ill couple who have become isolated from their adult children.  Murder In The Bush, her latest novel, is based on the true story of a young man who travels to Australia from Scotland in 1885, and dies in bizarre circumstances.

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