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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.


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.

THE CURIOUS STEAMBOX AFFAIR is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.


Melissa Macgregor was born in Dallas, and traveled the world as a Navy brat. Much of her childhood was spent in Scotland, where she fell in love with all things Edinburgh. Upon her return to Texas, she wrote a weekly article for her hometown’s paper, serializing the happenings within her high school. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Melissa majored in English and History, with a minor in Sociology.

She attended law school long enough to realize that writing was her true passion. She has a deep love of History, a sick addiction to research, and an undying appreciation of sports. Her heart is divided between a small town near Dallas (and the 100-year old farmhouse inherited from her grandparents), and an even smaller village at the foot of the Scottish Highlands, both of which always welcome her home.

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