Series: Finishing School

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger1
Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger2
Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger3
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger4

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The main character of the series is the hoydenish Sophronia Temmineck, age 14 at the beginning of the series. Her desperate mother leaps at the chance to send her to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, unaware that the curriculum includes espionage, knife throwing, poisons, seduction, etc. Mlle. Geraldine herself is equally unaware. Many a young lady at the Academy is looking forward to poisoning her first husband.

The school is on a vast dirigible, and floats, mostly over Dartmoor.

Sophronia is a so-called stealth recruit, i.e. someone's whose family is not a member of the underground who patronizes the school, and its nearby male counterpart, Bunson and Lecroix's Boy's Polytechnique.

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