Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

September 17, 2018     erinthebooknut     Book review

Manners and Mutiny by Gail CarrigerManners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4) by Gail Carriger
on November 3, 2015
Pages: 326

If one must flirt...flirt with danger. Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia's sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.


Okay, no question, book 4 beats out all the rest for best book in the series!

Be it subtle references to other books in the “-verse” (what’s up Prof Lyle, I see you hanging out with our campy vamp friend!) or events we’ve wanted to see all series long, M&M has it all!

Want some drama? Miss Gail has you covered. How ’bout some twisty little bits that’ll have your mouth dropped long enough to catch flies? Miss Gail has that too. And of course the customary Carriger humor is always at the ready.

This book was everything I wanted it to be. From the middle fingers to our Lord Git-Face Felix Mersey to some wonderful campy vamp bits to our beloved egg of a Gentlemen Professor of the Night being “crazy” awesome. To say nothing about how Sophronia’s love life takes a very interesting and delightful turn for the better. At least she finally shows some taste!

This is probably the most violent book of the set. Beloved characters get terribly injured, people die (actually die, not like almost die and then get suddenly saved by supernatural means *wink wink*), and Sophronia actually has to do a lot of her big plotting on her own without her friends by her side. Proof that she CAN go it on her own if she must, even if her friends are a great strength.

Really, this was one of the best series conclusions I’ve ever been able to read. Miss Gail ties up everything nice and sweet, even giving us a few extra little nibbles at the end for the romantics.

Though I’ve already moved on and finished SOULLESS, I can’t wait to see what happens next in this world with CHANGELESS, and of course pick up a few of the novellas and short stories that come before.

What’s your favorite last book in a series? Share your choice in the comments below.

From my shelf to yours,


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