This is author Carmel McMurdo Audsley's first foray into the world of crime fiction writing. Her three previous novels, all set in Scotland and based upon her family history, received glowing reviews from readers around the world. The Undertaker continues the theme of strong women who forge on against the odds to do what they feel is right. The author has researched life in Edinburgh Scotland in 1858 to take readers on a journey with the protagonist Kate as she walks the cobbled streets of the city, prepares the dead for their final journey and meets with people from all walks of life. As with her three previous novels - Ours, Yours and Mines; Far Across the Sea and Faeries, Farms and Folk - the writer takes readers through a door into the past.