Aug 7, 2013

Mini Review--The Mysterious Madam Morpho by Delilah S. Dawson

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.

Delilah S. Dawson continues to delight in the world of Sang with her first novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho! Gotta love these alliteration titles! Here we have a young woman born to this world, Imogen...or as she calls herself now. With what fortune and fate have thrown her way, she has taken refuge in joining the circus run by the Master Criminy Stain! Criminy and Tish both make appearances in this one which was a delight!

Imogen can charm butterflies to life and dance and do other majestic things and thus creating an enchanting act. When Criminy sends her to Mr. Murdoch to see about building her a stage to accommodate her performance, Imogen finds a very intriguing man. He's reclusive and rarely ventures out of his home, but he is a genius nonetheless!

It isn't long before Imogen, the woman of many secrets and the reclusive Mr. Murdoch begin to fall in love with one another! It was beautifully done too for a novella! So you have to expect the sudden romance, but as I said, it was done beautifully and it wasn't necessarily insta-love either! So, kudos, Delilah!! Although a romantic relationship with Henry--as is his given name--isn't as easy as Imogen would think.

All too soon though, Imogen's past catches up with her. And with it, very certain and dangerous trouble! Will her new friends be able to help her? Will she live to perform once more with her magical butterflies? Only reading this fabulous novella of Sang will tell you!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


  1. Yay! I loved this one too. I'm glad to see it get more publicity!

  2. I really want to get to Delilah's books. I love the sounds of them. Thank you!


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