Imagine Jane Austen dabbling in science and steam technology. Then imagine P.G. Wodehouse suddenly dropped vampires into the Drones Club, and Charlotte Bronte went to a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor.
At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, ingenious young girls learn to finish…everything. Young ladies of quality are certainly trained in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries.
It’s kinda steampunk (but not too dark and riddled with technobabble) and kinda urban fantasy (without the modern setting).Fashion and obsession with etiquette seem the perfect setting into which to foist vampires (dictating such things) and werewolves (chaffing against them) not to mention steam technology giving rise to Mechanicals, domestic automatons for every well to do residence. Importantly, there’s no magic. None at all. Only science can explain the unexplained.
The events of Chinoiserie and Chicanery occur in 1839, not long after the Coronation of Queen Victoria, and 12 years before the events as described in the first Finishing School novel, Etiquette and Espionage.