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The Evil that Befell Sampson (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences short from anthology 1)

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Eliza D Braun is a young field agent in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences (South Pacific Branch) when she is asked by New Zealand's preeminent suffragist to investigate some strange goings within the organisation.

She cannot possibly imagination that this little case will alter her entire life and thrust her into a world barely prepared for her.
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 15 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by ImagineThat! Studios
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Melissa Hayden
Sep 26, 2011 Melissa Hayden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, podcast-listen
Eliza is summoned to visit with Mrs. Kate Shepard, her ideal and hopefully to be her mother-in-law, who has need of Eliza's expertise with questionable happenings; women of the suffrage changing their minds and sides. A Mr. Fish seems to be visiting these women as Eliza finds, with a persuasive bracelet ~ the Circlet of Dalila, and item from the Archives gone missing while on loan. Kate and her suffrage's petition to Parliament could be in danger...

When the story started we got to hear both Agen
"The Evil that Befell Sampson" is the back-story for The Janus Affair, although events take place prior to Phoenix Rising. Chronologically then it could be considered "Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences .5", but I would suggest readers hold off reading it until after (at least) reading Phoenix Rising. I think it was much more fun to jump into Phoenix Rising completely fresh and let the characters unfold. But fans of these two books will probably be interested in reading this story, Eliza D. Braun' ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Meaghan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I'll admit to being a little bit impressed here. Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris have created a wonderful steam punk world with their first book "Phoenix Rising" and they have continued to impress and surprise me with the first of the "Tales from the Archives". This story gives the background of Eliza Braun, one of the main characters in the original story. Although the kindle version of this story is now available as a "99 cent dreadful" and is exactly the same as the audio version, I highly ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Kirsten rated it liked it
This was a bit shorter than I hoped. I think a bit more story would have made this awesome. The problem I have with a lot of short stories is they are too short and not much seems to happen. Since this was only $1, I can't complain too much.

This does explain why Eliza left New Zealand, but I wish there had been some more info about her life & family.

It's still worth reading though.
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Neat to get the backstory on the protagonist.
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Other Books in the Series

Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences (5 books)
  • Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #1)
  • The Janus Affair (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #2)
  • Dawn's Early Light (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #3)
  • The Diamond Conspiracy (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #4)
  • The Ghost Rebellion (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #5)

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