Audio Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

May Contain Spoilers

Curtsies & Conspiracies picks up right after the events of the previous book.  Sophronia is back to putting her new finishing school skills to work, sneaking around the ship at all hours of the night and spying on her teachers. When she discovers a plot underfoot regarding a fascinating new technology that will allow airships to travel through the ethersphere, she’s determined to ensure that the device ends up in good hands. Maybe.

I love Sophronia. This girl doesn’t hesitate to dive into the thick of things, all for the sake of a good conspiracy.  When she earns top marks on her mid-year tests, she is suddenly alienated from all of her friends. With even Dimity refusing to speak to her, life has gotten a bit tedious at Madam Geraldine’s. Suspecting a plot to kidnap Dimity, Sophronia is desperate to protect her friend; even though Dimity is pretending that she doesn’t exist!

This was another fun listen. Moira Quirk once again lends her talents to a lively reading of Sophronia’s adventures. Sophronia must stretch her skills as an intelligencer, outwitting vampires, picklemen, and her teachers. With a little help from unexpected places, she manages to stay a step ahead of the villains, and still earn high marks in her classes.

With snappy dialog, Sophronia’s excursions are fraught with danger and an addictive humor.  There is nothing as amusing as her reaction to donning men’s clothing. I chuckled aloud several times during the narration. These books are fun, and light-hearted, and just what I need with a world that suddenly seems so dark.

Grade:  4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book

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.