August 21, 2010

The Parasol Protectorate 1

by Gail Carriger

Soulless But Not Heartless!

Alexia Tarabotti is not like other girls, she's old, twenty-six actually, and plain with a large nose and tan skin, but being half Italian she can help neither the nose nor the tan. All of this is undesirable enough without being outspoken and assertive; it's no wonder that she is a soulless spinster.

All Alexia wanted was a quite place to be alone to enjoy some tea and treacle tart without being harassed, accosted or annoyed in any way. However she suffered the height of rudeness when a rogue vampire not only tried to bite her but sat in her treacle tart without even the manners to intrude himself first.

Well what choice did she have but to kill the insufferable fellow, besides with that badly tied cravat and cheep shirt the vampire was practically asking for it. Lord Maccon, werewolf and head of the BUR, would gladly liked to have seen an end to the whole messy affair were it not the beginnings of a dangerous and attractive mystery.

gives a Victorian twist to the vampire/werewolf genre that is highly creative and utterly hilarious. Traversing the dangers of social etiquette, scientific advancements, rituals in courtship and an unknown danger that is putting all at risk, Alexia is able to keep her dignity, for the most part, but her reputation may be shot. A daringly delightful detective story that is deliciously satisfying.
On sale: 01 May 2010
Price (AU): $15.99
ISBN: 9780316056632
Recommended age: 18+
In a word: Parasols
Re-read it: probably
Recommend: probably
Star rating: four out of five

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