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From The New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger comes the delightful sequel to Imprudence.

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life's most challenging questions: Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul? Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species? 

Custard Protocol books: Prudence, Imprudence, Competence

For more from Gail Carriger, check out:

Parasol Protectorate books: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless

©2018 Gail Carriger (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Delightful!

This third installment in the Custard Protocol series is the best yet. I laughed out loud several times. It also deals nicely with trans issues, in a Victorian context, of course. Moira Quirk's narration was exquisite. This is one of the best narrated books I've ever listened to.

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Fun read, more adventure than romance in this one.

This is the 3rd book in the Custard Protocol series and was well done. This book focused more on the relationships between the characters than the actual adventure to find new vampires in new lands. However, the story does get to that point eventually. I enjoyed the humor, adventure, and characters. I do wish that the story and plot had made a bit more progress though.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. Moira Quick always does an excellent job narrating this series and I would highly recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.

The majority of this book is told from Primrose’s POV; although we do hear some from our werecat, Percy, and Rue. For the most part though this is Primrose’s story and we watch as she tries to resist falling in love with our resident werecat.

I enjoyed the journey to foreign lands and the discovery of a new type of vampire; however the main adventure and storyline definitely takes a backseat to Primrose’s romance in this book. The story is generally well done but I couldn’t help but wish the story and romance had been better balanced.

Overall a decent book in the Custard Protocol series. I always enjoy the witty banter, adventure, and clever humor in these books. This installment was very romance heavy and I wish the romance and adventure had been better balanced (could have used more plot and adventure). I plan on continuing the series because these books are just so much fun to read!

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Another Delightful Story

This third book in the Custard Protocol series continues to highlight Ms. Carriger's ability to create believable, enjoyable, appealing characters in a world I wouldn't mind living in. She treats the varying sexual proclivities of her protagonists in a sympathetic, tasteful, and refined manner.

I've read or listened to every book that she has written to date, and she is one of the few authors whose books I will buy automatically without hesitation.

I believe she appeals to a broad variety of readers, and as proof, I, myself, am a retired, Conservative, teacher and artist who shoots competitively in several firearm disciplines, and enjoys watching the latest Queer Eye with my girl friend. How's that for busting stereotypes!



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Home run!

What does a woman in the late 19th century think when her desires fall outside of societal norms? Does she fight her nature or give in. In this third book of the custard protocol Primrose Tunsdall deals with this exact issue. Gail Carriger deals with coming out in such wonderful way. The worrying, the self denial, the inner turmoil... This book might be set in 1895 but the story holds true for now as well.

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Hilarious and Madcap!

Another hilarious and heartfelt addition to the parasolverse. Ms. Carriger never disappoints. Excited to see what happens next.

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Meh

I've read a lot of books by Gail carriger and have LOVED all of them... Except this one. I found that it focused mostly on a relationship - that I think could have been resolved within the first couple of chapters of the book- instead of on the fantastical action that we've seen in a lot of the other books. I felt like this book was merely a means to push a social/political agenda which felt very disingenuous. It was meh. Good if you like lesbian stories without any good romance and the only draw is the fact that they're two women, i guess??

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A great change of pace

I enjoyed the change of view from the previous books in the series, a look into how the other characters see Prudence.

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A great book and an even better audiobook!

I read Competence as soon as it came out and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have learned over the course of Miss Carriger’s career that her books translate well to audiobooks. I was not disappointed. Moira Quirk does a fantastic job with the material and made me love the book even more! I highly recommend this book and performance!

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as always amazing

I love all of Gail's book. I enjoy reading and listening to them. Fabulous Narrator. Great story, and always I hope I get more.

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Another amazing adventure

Once again Gail Carriger cannot help to delight. There’s derring do, romance and diplomacy and an appalling Turkish lounging cap. There’s social manners, corsets and a great deal of tea, served perhaps without milk, with Carriger’s trademark charm and whimsy. The performance is stellar. Listen to it at once, do!