Thursday, March 21

Etiquette & Espionage

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I've written about Gail Carriger's books before, and I just discovered (belatedly) that a new one came out in February.
And a new series to boot!
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish ... everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.



  1. YA or not, this sounds like my kind of book! I may just have to download this to my Kindle this weekend and escape for a few hours.

    1. I finished it last night and it's delightful! It's a great prequel to Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. I am now on the hunt for my own mechanimal dachshund I can name Bumbersnoot.