Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4) (*****)
by Gail Carriger
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?
I can't tell you how much I adore Gail Carriger's books. I love her pragmatic heroine, her flamboyant supporting characters, her sense of humor, and the paranormal world she created.
In this installment, Alexia is attempting to solve a mystery and put the Empire to rights, again, but this time she's 8 months pregnant, which makes things a touch more difficult.
This is such a fun read, and I can't wait until the next installment is released in 2012. That, and a new series was just announced centered on a character introduced at the end of Heartless. So excited!