Goodreads: Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband’s past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?
This is a hard one to talk about without spoiling anything. Not only do we learn more about Alexia’s father, but we learn about Lyall’s past too. I’m a bit disappointed in Lyall and Madame Lefoux, and the new living arrangements is odd to me. And poor Biffy… 😦
For once, this book didn’t revolve around Alexia getting attacked over and over again. It was very Sherlock Holmes. Alexia wanted to keep the peace amongst the supernatural beings and was constantly up and about, even though she had a sore ankle and was very pregnant.
Gail Carriger’s sense of humor and writing style are superb. There’s a pretty big twist in this that caught me by surprise, and I started book five immediately after reading the last page.