The follow-up book to The Convenient is called Skyehag and should be finished by the winter of 2019. Also, a book intended for young readers, based on the adventures of one of the characters in The Convenient is underway.
Author: Albert Marsolais
Kirkus Review of The Convenient
"In this debut novel set in 18th-century Scotland, a group of physicians gets caught up in disease, murder, and political intrigue. As smallpox sweeps through Edinburgh, headstrong physician Malcolm Forrester is determined to run a study to test one of his hypotheses: that inoculating people with smallpox scabs will make them immune to the illness. … Continue reading Kirkus Review of The Convenient
BlueInk Reviews The Convenient
"The Convenient is a compelling historical mystery set in Scotland in 1705, a time of political turmoil and intrigue, as well as contagious disease. The authors use real situations to inspire an eventful novel of medical heroism, murder, and much more. As the story begins, physician Malcolm Forrester of Torrport, a small village near Edinburgh, … Continue reading BlueInk Reviews The Convenient
The Convenient is for sale!
The Convenient can be purchased from the following online sites: Amazon.com - Kindle ebook and paperback available at Amazon sites around the world. Kobo - Kobo ebook at Kobo sites around the world. Barnes & Noble - Nook ebook Barnes & Noble - paperback Feedbooks.com - ebook Book retailers can order The Convenient through our distributor Ingram.
Lady Julianne and the wee bairn
In a scene from Chapter Eight: Lady Julianne holds the baby, born premature in Elspeth's cottage. Elspeth's dog, Scathatch stands guard. Julianne sat quietly before the fire staring at him. He was still not moving much, but he was taking a bit more substance. I had made him a honey tit and he seemed to … Continue reading Lady Julianne and the wee bairn
Gracie and the gig standing ready near the stables.
Malcolm often hired the grey mare "Gracie" and a gig (a 2-wheeled sprung carriage pulled by a single horse) from Daniel, the blacksmith's apprentice.
This is a photo taken of Torrport located on the Great Canadian Grid. http://www.greatcanadiangrid.ca/. It is a virtual world and you can walk around and see the sights! Malcolm's infirmary is in the far left building. Torrport was created by the authors to help imagine scenes in the book. You are most welcome to come … Continue reading Torrport Harbour
Chapter One: Introduction to Malcolm Forrester and the Smallpox Story
The book begins with Malcolm coming back from Torrport to see the first smallpox patient, Jean Tremblay of Rouen, France. We meet a few of the men Malcolm will be working with later in the book.
An Excerpt from Chapter 15
This is the first draft of the start of Chapter 15 I wrote yesterday. It is Malcolm speaking. Hope it brings a smile. *** “It’s a breech birth and we have to turn it or it won’t come out and they could both die.” My head was turned to speak to him as I was … Continue reading An Excerpt from Chapter 15