Blameless is the third book in the Parasol Protectorate series. This series takes place in Victorian England, for the most part, but in this world vampires, werewolves, and ghosts live openly among humans. It has elements of an alternate history, and elements of steampunk. Those elements alone make the book fun, but when you add Carriger’s sense of humor, you get an amazingly enjoyable series.
Blameless finds Lady Alexia Maccon living back in her Step-father’s home, along with her mother and sisters. However, the scandal surrounding her leaving Woolsey Castle has made her family eager to have her out from under their roof as well. Alexia has found herself pregnant, and everyone knows werewolves, like her husband, cannot father children, so she must have been unfaithful. Alexia, of course, knows that’s not true, and so she must find some proof that Conall was indeed the father of the infant-inconvenience (as Alexia calls it).
So, Alexia, her personal secretary (and former buter) Floote, and Genevieve Lefoux (milliner, and inventor extraordinaire) agree to accompany Alexia to Italy to learn more about preternaturals and whether anything like her pregnancy has occurred before. Unfortunately, not only is Lady Maccon without the protection of the Woolsey pack, but someone appears to want her dead.
Alexia also comes to believe that Floote is holding out on her and knows much more about her state as a preternatural than he has let on. He especially seems to have knowledge of the Templars, who they are going to seek information from concerning Alexia’s pregnancy.
Did I mention that Ivy was left in charge of Lefoux’s hat shop in Genevieve’s absence? We also see attacking ladybugs, and different mode of flight than Alexia has used in the past. Ever wondered what would happen if a werewolf could get drunk? Lord Maccon has the answers!
I love this series, and I can’t wait for more! I give Blameless by Gail Carriger 1 bookmark, I couldn’t put this one down, except when I was laughing too hard to hold the book.