Melissa Macgregor grew up in Scotland and wandered through the twists and turns of Edinburgh on school trips while evading the guidance of her bewildered chaperones. After undergraduate school back in Texas, she settled into writing about the people and places she has loved. She lives near Dallas in a hundred year old farmhouse, which she shares with her Cataloula cur, Thibideaux.
The Curious Steambox Affairby Melissa Macgregor
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The captivating debut novel in a steampunk mystery series featuring a physician’s assistant who is particularly adept with cases of murder.
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
The year is 1827, and Alistair Purefoy, a young physician’s assistant, moves to Edinburgh to take a position with one Dr. Hyde. His colleagues call him a monster, while Hyde himself claims to have invented a Steambox that harnesses the human soul. Undaunted by these peculiarities, Alistair proves his mettle with the infamous Doctor, but he soon finds himself occupied outside the Operating Theatre as well…
When someone in his rooming house is murdered, Alistair is unnerved by the lack of interest from the police. He begins to investigate on his own, discovering a string of gruesome murders that appear to be connected, not only to each other, but also to him. Now Alistair can use all the help he can get, and with the aid of a secret society known as The Merry Gentlemen, he’s about to uncover a deadly experiment more monstrous than anything of Dr. Hyde’s imagining.
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Macgregor skillfully and engagingly uses the long-lost art of letter writing to help create the ambience of 19th century Edinburgh, including a sense of the city's intellectual vitality. Strong characters in a rich atmospheric tale of murder. A great read for a cold winter's eve.
Macgregor creates a beautiful and fascinating tale of this curious steambox through a series of love letters! Her Mr. Purefoy, the protagonist, is a verbose, charming, and truly delightful character that we grow to love more and more as the story unfolds. In fact, all of the characters are so well developed that I feel as though I know each personally. I love Macgregor's Hyde, the grumbly physician who must discover his heart is really gold. And the Merry Gentlemen, each with their unique talents are terrific characters, especially Dog Benge, which I'm still trying to figure out how to pronounce his name. When I first began reading the story, I didn't know what to expect because I'd never read a novel through a series of letters. Finishing it only moments ago, I can honestly say that I loved the process. I found it unique, creative, and possessing plenty enough dialogue to satisfy my voracious appetite for conversation and interchange. I was also very impressed with Macgregor's vast vocabulary, finding myself clicking on the dictionary often, and her beautiful voice and description which pulled me deeper and deeper into the story. My great surprise was in leaning from the author note that Macgregor lived in Scotland! But that makes sense, too, especially the way she is able to capture its soul. I can't wait to read more of Melissa's creations!! Thank you for a great story!