Today’s book spotlight is Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.
Sophronia Temminnick lives in a world of curtsies, proper etiquette, and young ladies doing what is expected of them. She also lives in a world where vampires have a place in proper society, werewolves serve in the Queen’s military, and steam powered mechanical servers run most households. Unfortunately for Sophronia she would rather be learning how the mechanicals work than how to pour the perfect cup of tea for guests. When Sophronia does one too many unlady like activities (apparently climbing trees is only for boys) her mother decides finishing school is her only hope.
Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality sounds like that last place that Sophronia wants to be but this is no ordinary finishing school. From its location, a gathering of tethered dirigibles floating above the country side, to its teachers, including a rather dapper vampire and a werewolf with a top hat, she learns that at this school espionage is just as important as etiquette. Between lessons in eyelash fluttering, covert message passing, proper dancing styles, and how to discretely slip poison into someone’s tea, Sophronia finds herself intrigued by a mysterious prototype that may be hiding aboard the school and has drawn the attention of dangerous Flying Highwaymen. Sophronia’s first year of finishing school is one filled with danger, supernatural beings, making friend’s in unusual places, and of course trying to learn a proper curtsying.
Etiquette and Espionage is an adventure worth reading is you enjoy steampunk, adventure/spy novels, strong female protagonist, or just looking for something a little different. First in a series. If you would like to reserve a copy please fill out a book request form.