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The Mysterious Madam Morpho [Kindle Edition]

Delilah S. Dawson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Taking place after Wicked as They Come, this original eBook features a mysterious lady and a reclusive mechanical genius who find love and danger in a traveling circus.

An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2157 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EE56AY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The author is such a talented storyteller October 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Feathers
Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

She's done it again! I started reading this thinking "Is it possible that she wrote such an amazing and engaging world or did I just imagine that while reading the first book?" Well, I can honestly say now that if I wasn't so scared of Sang, I would want to visit and stay there for a while. At the very least, I would want to read about it for as long as I could.

This short story was just enough of a teaser into the world of Blud and Sang, enough to keep us craving more and to make the wait for book two more bearable. I find it amazing that the author was able to tell the story of a character that was not a main concern before, Mr. Murdoch, and sucking me into the story from the very beginning.

Not only is Mr. Murdoch so very smart because he makes all the awesome clockworks, but the recluse that doesn't want anyone to see him or know who he really is is actually a passionate man. When Madam Morpho joins the carnival with her butterfly circus, Mr. Murdoch is assigned with making a stage for the butterflies. Because, see, butterflies are now extint in Sang so these are rare sightings.

While working together, the two fugitives happen to fall in love. Or in lust at the very least. The connection between Madam Morpho and Mr. Murdoch was instant and believable. The slow build up of their relationship, as slow as a short story allows, was also perfect. And we even got some smexy in for good measure. Perfect!

All the magic of the Blud series continues to flow through the pages of THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO. Yes I'm addicted, I want to know more, I want to see more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How could I have waited so long? February 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this a while back, but it's taken me a while to actually sit down and read it. Today, I actually set aside the schoolwork that has been eating me alive and made a point to read this, and then kicked myself for letting it go unread for as long as I had.
Sang is just as fascinating as it had been in Wicked As They Come, and I fell into the story as easily as I had Dawson's novel. The characters are engaging, the world familiar and yet so foreign, and I found myself unable to put it down until I finished. Fortunately, the story is brief enough to allow me to set aside time in my crazy schedule and do that without feeling like I've cheated my responsibilities too much.
If this is your first venture into Dawson's Sang, please, go pick up Wicked As They Come, and everything else she's ever written or ever will write. If it isn't, you'll find it's the perfect welcome back while you wait for the next chapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pak Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

The Mysterious Madam Morpho takes place after book #1 of the Blud series, but can be read as a stand-alone story. Delilah does a fantastic job of explaining this unique world so that first time readers are able to get a mental picture & then just enjoy the tale...

The story revolves around our leading lady, the very mysterious & guarded Imogen, who has come to ask Criminy if she can join his Clockwork Carnival. Once his wife Tish Sees a glimpse into Imogen's future, she's welcomed into the caravan and sent to work with the hermitic Mr. Murdoch - the brilliant creator of the Carnival's Clockwork creations - to get her act ready. Each with their own datk secrets, they are ultimately forced to deal with some incredibly intense situations and end up developing an amazing bond.

Even as a novella, the story was very well rounded and had a fabulous pace. Sangland is an amazing world, and Delilah delivered a tale so fantastically vivid you feel like you're part of the magic; the characters will ensnare you instantly, and the dialogue will keepsyou wanting more even after the last page is turned.

This was an excellent read and I would definitely recommend it!

LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Mysterious Madam Morpho 5 Skulls. I can't wait for more... :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for tight, witty, sexy suspense December 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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A light paranormal / steam-punk / romantic suspense, offset by tension, danger, death.
Content: One sex scene, two bloody attack scenes. No typos, no ugly language :-)
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4.5 stars! A fun read, and well written! The characters are likable and the plot held my interest, keeping me guessing as to the suspense (what ARE these butterflies? What is inside the brooch? Who is Henry?).

(For those who read book 1, Tish and Criminy get some nice coverage)

The story felt fully developed despite its length (a novella). I have not read book 1, but before reading this sequel I did read the synopsis of book 1 and several reviews of book 1, so I had no trouble following The Mysterious Madam Morpho.

The sex did not drive the plot -- kudos for that -- but there is a long, yummy love scene. It's strictly vanilla pudding, but oh so tasty! Even before the love scene, there was rising sexual tension as Henry and Imogen crowded together to hide, and as Henry and Imogen danced, etc.

Henry is very clever, sweet, and protective, but not in a suffocating way. His solutions to several problems caught me by surprise. Nice! I am so rarely surprised in romantic suspense.

The dialogue is also fairly brilliant. I chuckled several times. This author has a witty way with words. For example, Mr. Murdoch (Henry) describes himself as a "hermetic hermit" (which he certainly is!). Also:

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Imogen: "Please, call me Imogen."
Henry: "Very well, Imogen. And you may continue to call me Mr. Murdoch."
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Imogen: "And you won't go locking me out, or getting all stiff?"
Henry: "Can't make any promises regarding that last bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This World
This little novella took me right back to the world of Criminy Stain, a world I am in love with. I loved it!
Published 6 months ago by Michelegg
5.0 out of 5 stars Ouststanding Novella showcasing a solid gold talent worth reading.
The Mysterious Madam Morpho by Delilah S. Dawson

I can't remember who pointed me in the direction of Delilah S. Dawson. It could well have been someone on twiter. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk Supe review
*copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I am invested in this novella because Madam Imogen Morpho is a book geek like me (and most of us) and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Braine @ Talk Supe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first read by this author!
I hadn't read Delilah S. Dawson before, but this was a good way to try her out. For the reader who is a little on the thrifty side, little . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kel
5.0 out of 5 stars Delilah Rocks!
Delilah S. Dawson continues to delight in the world of Sang with her first novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho! Gotta love these alliteration titles! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jessica S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been longer
If this book were a bit longer and developed the characters a bit more, the book would have been better.
Published 10 months ago by N. Rumeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Delightful - a world to move into
Steampunk is either great, or weak--this one's great. Dawson has created a unique and fascinating world with her bluds and a pseudo Victorian world that's full of conflicts,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shannon Donnelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly delicious!
This novella was amazing! Its only fault was that it wasn't a full book. I found Henry to be more appealing than Criminy and I loved the whirlwind romance, it felt very genuine... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I do love this series
So far I have read the first two books in this series and I am hooked. I love the characters and the world created and can not wait to continue this amazing journey!
Published 14 months ago by Charlie Daye
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails to delight
Delilah S. Dawson is such a creative writer. Such a imaginative world. I love her characters. This is a series you keep reading.
Published 15 months ago by Sunshine
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More About the Author

Delilah S. Dawson writes dark, edgy books for teens and fantasy with a wicked edge for adults.

The Blud series is available now and includes WICKED AS SHE WANTS, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. SERVANTS OF THE STORM debuts August 2014, and Kirkus called the Southern Gothic Horror YA "an engaging page-turner" and "a standout, atmospheric horror tale." April 2015 will see the launch of HIT, a YA pre-dystopia about teen assassins in a bank-owned America.

Delilah is a geek, a synesthete, an adventure junkie, a cake fiend, and a Twitterholic (@DelilahSDawson). You can keep up with her news at www.whimsydark.com.

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