Info: Orbit, copyright 2010, 374 pages
Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
Things just got interesting for Alexia Maccon. Something strange is happening in London. Paranormals keep losing their paranormal abilities. Werewolves can't change to wolf form and the vampires are fang free. Not to mention the fact that ghosts are being exorcised all over the city. But no worries. Alexia is on the case, much to her husband's chagrin.
The newly married couple is adorable - Lord Maccon is enamored by his new bride and Alexia is just as feisty as ever. But the really cool part of the story is the arrival of some of my favorites from Carrier's Finishing School series set about 25 years before the story's events. Now all I need to do is piece it all together :) I think a flow chart might have to be created.
This story is just pure fun. There's a bit of romance, a bit of adventure, and a fun mystery in each book. And there's a really stubborn, fierce leading lady with quite the handsome right hand man. I'd read it if I were you.
What I'm really enjoying is reading it with my pal at Book Plots & Polka dots. We made our way through Finishing School at about the same speed, and now we're listening to these and chatting at school. A fun book series is always made better with a reading buddy. (And she totally got shout outs two day sin a row :)