Blameless by Gail Carriger

Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.

Can I just say that I am absolutely in love with this series. I know I keep saying this, but it is just plain fun to read. There is no other description for it. It’s smart, witty and laugh out loud funny. End of story. Well, to be honest, there is a lot more to the story. Which is part of what makes The Parasol Protectorate such an excellent series to get caught up in.

Alexia is front and center in this book, as is to be expected. The real gem of this book is the supporting characters. They all seem to be coming into their own and even flighty Ivy has some unexpected substance in her character. Who knew? Of course as Professor Lyall guessed, she couldn’t have been a friend of Alexia’s and been totally without merit now could she? I did miss Lord Akeldama and his flowery presence, but under the circumstances, he is forgiven. I do hope to see him more in the following books though.

There is so much that goes on in this book, I’m finding it hard to review it without giving anything away. It’s safe to say though that anyone who was less than happy with the ending of Changeless will be appeased by Blameless – to an extent. ;) There are still mysteries to be solved and answers to be had, but isn’t that what keeps us clamoring for the next book? Ms. Carriger is very clever that way.