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categories: Book, Doctor, Spirits, Undertaker, Death, Scotland, Quick Read, Historical Fiction, Women, Edinburgh, Studying, Afterlife, Mystery


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Author Carmel McMurdo Audsleyabout this book: Young female undertaker Kate Grainger is desperate to become a doctor. However, in Edinburgh Scotland in 1859, despite having the prestigious University of Edinburgh School of Medicine on her doorstep, Kate is unable to study as women are not permitted to enter the school's hallowed halls. She is not interested in marriage and so-called respectability and doesn't accept the belief that women are the weaker sex. In her work she deals with dead bodies and grieving families. She is compassionate and goes beyond what is required of an undertaker to help her clients transition to the other side, and to find out if they died in suspicious circumstances. She feels that she could be of help to the living too. She has a spirit friend who leads her to someone who may be able to help her in her quest to become a doctor. She meets this mysterious man and thinks she knows his secret - but does she?

The Undertaker:Masquerade is the sequel to The Undertaker. Readers asked for more adventures with Kate the undertaker.

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 Some great twists in this tale

Good story, well-written and interesting to read about Edinburgh in the 1800s. I like Kate's spirit friend, Davey the coffin maker and James, her erstwhile suitor who were also in the first book 'The Undertaker'. There is a third in the series, and I intend to read it now to see how the relationships develop. There were some great twists in this tale of a woman who disguised herself as a man in order study. [by Graham Fordham]

 A woman dressed as a man to practise medicine

This is a fascinating story, and a great reminder for everyone about how difficult it used to be for women to get an education. A woman dressed as a man in order to practise medicine, but Kate The Undertaker discovers that she has more secrets. Well written, and thoroughly enjoyable story. [by Louise Addams]

 A great read

I hadn't read 'The Undertaker' and wondered if I needed to before reading the sequel 'The Undertaker:Masquerade'. I needn't have worried as even though it is a sequel it is written as a stand alone book and was very easy to follow. Kate the undertaker befriends a man who she thinks can help her get into medical school. Women aren't allowed to study in Edinburgh in 1859 and that's not good enough for Kate. The characters are believable and I'm now going to read the first book. It's a quick read, perfect for a plane flight or reading a couple of chapters each night. [by Delia Andrews]

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