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The Delilah Complex - Erotic Psychological Thriller (The Butterfield Institute) [Kindle Edition]

MJ Rose
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As one of New York's top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved. The Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary where she tries to heal these battered souls.

The Scarlet Society is a secret club of twelve powerful and sexually adventurous women. But when a photograph of the body of one of the men they're recruited to dominate -- strapped to a gurney, the number 1 inked on the sole of his foot -- is sent to the New York Times, they are shocked and frightened. Unable to cope with the tragedy, the women turn to Dr. Morgan Snow. But what starts out as grief counseling quickly becomes a murder investigation, with any one of the twelve women a potential suspect.

The case leads Detective Noah Jordan -- a man with whom Morgan has shared a brief, intense connection -- to her office. He fears the number on the man's foot hints that the killings have just begun. With her hands tied by her professional duty, Morgan is dangerously close to the demons in her own mind -- and the flesh-and-blood killer.

Editorial Reviews


". . . M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself." -- Laura Lippman

"A riveting novel, and a true feast for the senses." -- Romance Reviews Today on The Halo Effect

"Utterly fascinating! . . . This is one book that will keep you glued to your seat." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

About the Author

M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, and The Hypnotist. She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors:

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  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052ZGF48
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting... January 2, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Morgan Shaw is a sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute. In all her years of work no person or group has ever asked her to sign a confidentially agreement. Morgan is insulted that this one has, but decides to sign it in the end. This new patient is really a group of twelve women who are part of a secret club, The Scarlet Society. None of the women really know the identities of the others. The group invite selected men to share anonymous pleasures of the night with them. The men are willing participates and always subservient to the women.

The Scarlet Society is shaking from its very foundation due to the murder of a male member. The women need to know how to grieve for a man that they cannot even admit they knew. The number one is inked on the soles of his feet, so no one is totally surprised when the number two appears on the second victim.

All information and photos of the victims are sent to NY Times news reporter Betsy Young. It is only through Betsy's mail that the police ever realize that something is going on. The bodies of the victims are not being found. All the police have to go on are photos from the anonymous sender to Betsy and matching them to missing person reports. This is very frustrating for Detective Mark Perez and his partner Detective Noah Jordain.

Could it simply be coincidence that leads Noah to Morgan's office? After all, they've shared a brief, but powerful, connection in a previous case. One thing is for sure, Morgan is too close to the killer for comfort.

**** If you have had the pleasure of reading this author's first best selling novel "Lip Service", then you already know how well M.J. Rose writes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Delilah Complex - Book 2 January 20, 2011
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I am working my way through M.J. Rose's trilogy. Book 2 "The Delilah Complex" was every bit as good as her first "The Halo Effect". This can be read as a stand alone but I would really recommend that the series be read in order. M.J. Rose writes a thrilling, fast moving story and the pace picks up even faster as the book climaxes. I like how her characters continue from one book to the next, but also like how she includes a bit of the back story in the subsequent book and does this without it seeming to be repetitively boring. Series order; The Halo Effect (MIRA), The Delilah Complex (MIRA), The Venus Fix: A Dr. Morgan Snow Novel (Butterfield Institute, Book 3).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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The Delilah Complex, e-book edition by M. J. Rose is an interesting mix of mystery and quasi-erotica.
Dr. Morgan Snow is a sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute and is persuaded to undertake the therapy of a group of women who represent, and all are part of, a secret sex society. The society meets at various times for parties that allow them to treat men, who also are secret adjunctive members and in need of domination, in a subservient manner. Some of the men disappear sequentially and pictures of their nude bodies are sent to a newspaper reporter, who must, of course, inform the police. Eventually, the culprit is discovered after a series of twists in the plot.
The story centers around Morgan's activities on behalf of the society and her relationship with her daughter Dulci, a thirteen-year-old who shows acting ability, Noah Jordain, a detective with whom she is enamored, Nina, the Institute Director and mother figure for Morgan, who lost her mother tragically, and the various members of the society she is counseling. Morgan is carrying a large amount of psychological baggage, as are the other characters. This, plus the setting, allows dissemination of a large amount of psychological material to be interspersed in a plot that provides multidirectional clues. Delineation of the culprit provides an interesting climax.
Some readers may find the abundant presentation of supportive psychological material a little heavy at times. Additionally, I find some of Morgan's activity and ability a little suspect. However, the plot is interesting, the characters and their problems are relatively well portrayed, and the action is adequate to move the story at a pleasant pace. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read, M.J. Rose does it again! May 8, 2012
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I love The Butterfield Institute series....the cases keep getting stranger. I can't really call it erotic, don't get me wrong there is alot of sexual tone to these books but nothing overtly erotic. I recommend M.J Rose, an amazing author :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose's Voice is Incredible February 6, 2012
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I loved this book, and it was even better that it was free on Amazon for Kindle! It's the second in the series, and I bought the first (though I thought for a second it was free...until I clicked and realized I'd just paid $2.99! Oh well, I think it'll be worth it).

Anyway, Rose is an excellent author who weaves together the mind of a psychopath and the complex mind of a successful therapist.

From Amazon:

"Twelve sexually adventurous women form a secret club that becomes the center of investigation when several men they've recruited to dominate are murdered. Turning to sex therapist Dr. Morgan Snow for grief counseling, the group may be harboring a murderer."

What I love:

1. Morgan Snow's POV is obviously different than the narrator's. The POV occasionally goes to that of the killer as well as that of the cop Noah Jordain, but Morgan's voice is more intelligent. She uses larger words, but it fits her personality. Her thoughts are complex as she delves into every angle of everything, probably digging deeper than most people would, but it fits because of her vocation.

2. Though there are no sex scenes, per se, the love scenes are perfect - hot and heavy and quite a turn-on without feeling goofy and silly.

3. The intricasies of the relationships are real. The reader understands them because they've experienced them also. Morgan and her daughter, Morgan and Noah, Morgan and her work partner/mother-figure, and even Morgan and her patients. Morgan is REAL, despite her job and tendancy to get stuck in the middle, solving violent crimes.

4. The best thing? That there's really nothing for me to say I DON'T like!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Educated. Honest. Insightful read.
Welcome to viewing life through the eyes and mind of a clinical yet immensely human woman. Emotions are virtuously played, facts sliced through with a scalpel precision, without... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tanya william
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the experience, great character development
Captivating reading
Unexpected plot twists
Complex characters
All make for a GREAT read
Enjoyed the plot development and study put forth to assure the story... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pat Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure
The twists of this one keep you going to the very end. Love murder mysteries? Try this one out! It will be a hit!
Published 2 months ago by Renae S. Karriker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Delilah Complex
Well done with great surprises. Characters well developed and interesting. Liked this book. Will read the next book now.Dr Snow is a great character.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent psychological thriller
Excellent psychological thriller series. Very well written. Excellent development of plot and characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic!!
Again the Butterfield group has outdone itself. These books are quite graphic and erotic; however, if you are working with sex crimes and psychological problems, guess that is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Judith
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
An interesting story that kept me turning the pages to figure out who the murderer was. I've read two other books by this author. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lorrie lennon
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious Little Book
I wanted to give this books points for exploring female sexuality from an aggressive standpoint in which women are doing something about erotic disappointment. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tim Lieder
3.0 out of 5 stars Review 1
An average story. Not very suspensefull. Not an exciting ending. Not much educational or historical data. I did not learn much from this book.
Published 11 months ago by Terry L Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
My husband and I both liked this book. It had some twists which we both like. It was a really quick read.
Published 12 months ago by LLB52
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More About the Author

M.J. Rose ( grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel SEDUCTION (Atria/S&S May 7 2013) was chosen Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine and was chosen as an Indie Next Pick. Her next novel, THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS will be released April 8, 2014.

Her non-fiction has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president.


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