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By Gail Carriger

Alexia Maccon, the girl Woolsey, awakens within the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to discover her husband, who will be decently asleep like several general werewolf, yelling on the best of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to accommodate a regiment of supernatural infantrymen encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an indignant Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed together with her trusty parasol, the most recent models, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even if her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of grotesque waistcoats, she is ready: upending werewolf pack dynamics as simply the soulless can. She may possibly even locate time to trace down her wayward husband, if she appears like it.

CHANGLESS is the second one booklet of the Parasol Protectorate sequence: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, choked with werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

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