Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: The Mysterious Madame Morpho by Delilah S. Dawson

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.

Review:

Buying an e-copy of The Mysterious Madame Morpho is probably one of the best 99 cent investments you will ever make! After totally falling in love with all things Blud I was reluctant to rejoin the circus because of the dreaded sophomoric curse, and I wasn't sure I could face a world were Criminy and the bludbunnies were corrupted. Okay, my worry wasn't that dire, but you get the idea. Worry not! Mr. Murdoch and Imogen are a magical addition to the Clockwork Caravan, and both were woven so seamlessly, so vibrantly, that it seems a wonder that I waited so long to meet them. 

As always, nothing is quite what it seems, making it a real treat to be let inside Mr. Murdoch's very private world, learning his secrets and watching him create his masterful clockworks. He takes an instant yet no-so-obvious liking to Madame Morpho and her butterflies, so much so that he is willing to risk his neck to hide her secrets. I particularly enjoyed how the romance was evident without overshadowing the characters, and when Mr. Murdoch takes Imogen round the circus for her very first time you can feel the sense of wonder that the clockworks bring. For me, that scene allowed me to glimpse the innocence of both their newfound romance, giving a sense of connection through such a normal dating ritual. I was once again impressed by the writing talent of Delilah S. Dawson, and can't recommend this series enough. 

Upcoming work (hooray!):

THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE - April 2, 2013
This e-novella follows Casper to London as he begins to rise to stardom. When lonely pet shop owner Frannie Pleasance takes in a new lodger, odd things begin to happen. Fire fighter Thom Maccallan might be the only one who can keep her safe.



WICKED AS SHE WANTS - April 30, 2013
The second book in the Blud series follows debauched musician Casper Sterling on his own romantic adventure with a vicious Blud princess. (An excerpt is available at the end of WICKED AS THEY COME, by the way.)

Author website and blog:

http://delilahpaints.blogspot.com/

*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty

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