Published by Gail Carriger LLC on June 29, 2014
A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate.
Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and things go all pie shaped. What is his real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?
In this short story, New York Times Bestselling Author Gail Carriger uses her comedic voice to delve into the history of one of her most beloved characters. If you have ever wondered about Alexia's father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures and character.
This story was first published in The Book of the Dead, a Jurassic London anthology.
This rating is based purely on the story, not on the audio performance I had the misfortune of listening to. A note of interest, skip the Carriger Quartet audio set, the voice acting is god awful and the reading much too fast.
But back to the matter at hand, the story itself. The CURIOUS CASE OF THE WEREWOLF THAT WASN’T is a short little tidbit of a story, the smallest glance at the Parasol Protectorate heroine Alexia Tarabotti’s father. He is just about as far opposite from Alexia politically as possible but their mannerisms and sass are very similar, as is the low tolerance for bullshit. I like him, even though I don’t agree with him.
The story itself is set in Egypt, an excellent start for a good paranormal mystery. I do love a good Egyptian explanation of the paranormal (think the origin story of Anne Rice’s vampires) and I hope what the characters found in the ending of the story has bearing on later parts of the series.
Chronologically this story fits in at the very beginning of the Parasol-verse, even before Finishing School. However it can probably be read at any time. I personally read it after completing both Finishing School and SOULLESS so we’ll see how much it has to do with the rest of the Parasol Protectorate and onward.
As stated above, if you’re interested in this story just pick up the 99 cent ebook and skip the audio. It really isn’t worth it. My brain hurt just thinking about it. It’s not the worst audio I’ve ever listened to but its up there.
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