Elspeth’s Herbal Part Five

Elspeth’s Herbal, Part Five PEPPER HISTORY Peppercorns are the seed berries of the Piper nigrum. Pepper is a perennial plant is a woody spreading perennial vine. Its fruit is called a drupe and when dried it is a peppercorn. Pepper originated in India over 4,000 years ago. It is the most popular spice in the … Continue reading Elspeth’s Herbal Part Five

Elspeth’s Herbal Part Four

MINT Mints are aromatic herbs, primarily spreading perennials. Mentha grows best in wet environments and moist soils but is easily grown elsewhere. Because they spread easily, mints are considered invasive. HISTORY Egyptians cultivated M. piperita and dried leaves were found in several pyramids. Mint is also recorded in thirteenth century Icelandic Pharmacopoeias In Rome, Pliny … Continue reading Elspeth’s Herbal Part Four

Elspeth’s Herbal Part Three

DATES HISTORY The date palm tree, Phoenix Dactylifera, is one of the oldest fruit trees in the world. There are hundreds of varieties. The most important for the desert people are the driest dates which can be ground into flour. Dates were cultivated more than five thousand years ago and are mentioned in the Koran … Continue reading Elspeth’s Herbal Part Three

Elspeth’s Herbal Part Two

ELSPETH’S HERBAL PART TWO A continuance of things that might have been in Elspeth’s Herbal…with a bit of history and legend for added flavor. HERBALS – History, Legends and Use BAY BAY – LAUREL Laurus nobilis, of the plant family Lauraceae, is also known as sweet bay, bay tree, true laurel, Grecian laurel, laurel tree, … Continue reading Elspeth’s Herbal Part Two

Elspeth MacLeod’s Herbal…

  Elspeth MacLeod’s Herbal – Part One  To the Reader: While writing The Convenient I renewed my interest and research into herbal remedies.  My protagonist, Elspeth MacLeod, was trained to be a Healer before she went to Italy to study medicine.  All women were expected to be proficient at healing, spinning, sewing, cooking, brewing and … Continue reading Elspeth MacLeod’s Herbal…

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.  

The cover of our book…

Convenient, mistress, whore (B.E.) Cant expression of standard meaning, favorable to one’s comfort. The illustration of the man was taken from an antique medical book. Malcolm Forrester a physician from Edinburgh, and Elspeth MacLeod, a healer from the Isle of Skye, were both educated in European universities, but only men are permitted to practice medicine … Continue reading The cover of our book…

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

Torrport Harbour

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