Kaite Welsh

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Kaite Welsh is an author, critic and journalist and the former Literature Officer at Creative Scotland. Her work has appeared in various journals from The Times Literary Supplement to Cosmopolitan and she covers LGBT issues for the Daily Telegraph. She is also Books Editor of DIVA. Her short fiction, featuring roller derby, Greek myths and ghosts, has been published in several anthologies and she guest lectures on Creative Writing at universities around the UK. 

She lives in Edinburgh with her wife, three cats and a lot of books. 

Current Publication: 

THE UNQUIET HEART - Tinder Press - May 2019

Sarah Gilchrist has no intention of marrying her dull fiancé Miles, the man her family hope will restore her reputation and put an end to her dreams of becoming a doctor, but when he is arrested for a murder she is sure he didn't commit, she finds herself his reluctant ally.

Beneath the genteel façade of upper class Edinburgh lurks blackmail, adultery, poison, and madness, and Sarah must return to Edinburgh's slums, back alleys, and asylums as she discovers the dark past about a family where no one is what they seem, even Miles himself.

It also brings her back into the orbit of her mercurial professor, Gregory Merchiston--he sees Sarah as his protege, but can he stave off his demons long enough to teach her the skills that will save her life?

Current Publication: 

THE WAGES OF SIN - Tinder Press - June 2017

An irresistible mystery set in 1890s Edinburgh, featuring a female medical student-turned-detective.

Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh's first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up against resistance from lecturers, her male contemporaries, and - perhaps worst of all - her fellow women, who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman...

When one of Sarah's patients turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into Edinburgh's dangerous underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers - and a confrontation with her own past.

Praise for THE WAGES OF SIN:

'This powerful novel combines a disturbing look at late Victorian attitudes towards women and morality with a satisfying murder mystery' Sunday Express

'An enthrallingly gothic murder mystery' The Herald

'A gripping story of murder, medicine and misogyny in Victorian Britain' Emerald Street

Fiction

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2017

Headline

It is 1892, and the backstreets of Edinburgh are rife with disease. Sarah Gilchrist's journey into medicine has been chequered: she's left London and scandal behind her, and embarked on a career that neither her family , nor the male students she encounters in the bastions of Edinburgh's university, is happy about. But what Sarah hasn't anticipated is the hostility of her fellow female doctors. No on is accepting of a fallen woman.
Then Sarah discovers the battered corpse of one of her own patients in the dissecting rooms, and she is drawn into a murky underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers - and a confrontation with her own past. Even in medicine, Sarah realises, success comes at a price.
Both a thrilling tale of murder and a brilliant evocation of the murky underworld of 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite Welsh illuminates the hard realities of life as a Victorian woman, while introducing us to an unforgettable heroine in Sarah Gilchrist.