Curtsies and Conspiracies Paperback
Part of the Finishing School series
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 school has certainly been rousing.
First, her finishing school is training her to be a spy (Won't Mumsy be surprised!).
Secondly, she gets mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and has a cheese pie thrown at her.
Now, as Sophronia 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 school trip to London than at first appears ...Vampires, werewolves and humans are all after the prototype Sophronia recovered in Etiquette & Espionage, which has the potential to alter human and supernatural travel.
Sophronia must try to uncover who is behind a dangerous plot to control the prototype ...as well as survive the London season with a full dance card.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/11/2013
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781907411601
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Review by zjakkelien
I absolutely loved <b>Etiquette & Espionage</b>, and I'm glad to say I enjoyed <b>Curtsies & Conspiracies</b> just as much. I'm even starting to wonder if I could recommend these books to my sister, who is not a fantasy reader at all. <b>Curtsies & Conspiracies</b> continues much in the same vein as the first instalment: a steampunk finishing school situated abort a giant dirigible for young ladies of quality, where they both learn how to conduct themselves in society (e.g. how and when to faint, to blush and to bat their eyelashes) and to simultaneously gather information, carry and use weapons and possibly murder someone. All of course with poise and grace. The heroine of the story has a heart, befriends all the likeable people around her, and inspires loyalty in others as well. She's also quick on her feet and unconventional, even if she's having some problems in blushing becomingly. This book can at times be absolutely hilarious, but it also has a more serious note when Sophronia discovers that her actions have consequences that she might not have wished for. I'm glad the next instalment is coming out soon: I can't wait to see where this is going next!