Posted in Loved It, Speculative, steampunk

Curtsies & Conspiracies


Teaser: “I’m certain it isn’t. Now, let go of the young viscount this moment and behave like a proper lady!”

Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: Speculative, steampunk

Rating: L



Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy–won’t Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: This was a fun read. I blew through it pretty quickly. I enjoyed this book a lot more since I read the Parasol Protectorate series. Some of the characters in that series are much younger in this book. I’ve been trying to determine whether Sophronia appears in the Parasol Protectorate under a different name. I’m not seeing it thus far if she is in the earlier series. The other thing I’m trying to understand is why Sigheag was sent to a finishing school that specializes in espionage. The whole point of this school seems to produce graduates who will have some sort of assignment in addition to having a position in society. Perhaps as the series progresses the reader will get to see what Sidheag’s post graduate mission will be.

I thought adding the all boys school to this book was an interesting plot line; particularly since the school in question produces evil geniuses. I hope there is more collaboration between the students feom both schools in the future. I think the author used this plotline to establish a future love interest for Sophronia, but time will tell if that angle is correct.

I have to say, one of the things I really enjoy about this series is the names! Shrimpdittle, Dingleproops, Plumleigh-Teignmott, Bumbersnoot- these are some great character names. Some of the names are quite lyrical. I think I mentioned it before, but I will definitely be naming my dog Bumbersnoot.

Anyway, this was another great read. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

Posted in Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update December 9, 2013


Urgh! I haven’t posted in such a while. Things at my job have been going crazy. We’ve had two attorneys resign, and one attorney have a heart attack. Thankfully, one of the attorneys who was out on medical leave came back. I have been more busy that I could have ever imagined. Anyway, I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving went well. Mine was very quiet.

Mailbox Monday
1. Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory
2. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
3. Star Trek the Fall: the Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I read Takedown Twenty and The Poisoned Chalice. I’ve started Stormbringers. I’m also re-reading the Harry Potter series. I’m in The Prisoner of Azkaban right now.