Curtsies & Conspiracies book trailer

Curtsies & Conspiracies book trailer

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School)

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.

Dracula on NBC

I have to admit that sometimes my expectations for a show are so high that I finish the program slightly disappointed. That was not the case with NBC’s new limited series Dracula.

In this version, Dracula  travels to Victorian England to exact revenge on the organization (Order of the Dragon) that murdered his wife.

I liked the steampunk elements as Alexander Grayson (Dracula / Vlad Tepes) introduces the concept of free electric power. As we soon learn, this puts him at odds with the “Order of the Dragon” who are invested in oil and gas.

Good acting, nice Victorian settings and costumes, and Tesla-like steampunk touches made Dracula a big hit with me. Having said that, the violence and sexually charged scenes will be inappropriate for younger viewers. Dracula plays late Friday nights on NBC.