A spin-off of the Parasol Protectorate, this one is another zany story with
Steampunk and paranormal. I'm there! Ms. Carriger was a new to me author back in 2015. Whilst her original series is lighter on the steampunk this one tries to add a little bit more. I mean, there is a dirigible that Prudence uses for her amusement.
Who is this Prudence? What it is none other than Alexia's daughter. A series about the next generation? Why not? Well... I'm not sure what exactly happened in this story. It is over-the-top ridiculous situations that made me bust out laughing. At the end of the day, I don't know if there was much to the plot other than a day in the life of a young lady.
The vibe I felt from this series based on how it is started is similar to The Pink Panther (1963) - IMDb movies with Inspector Clouseau. I am not sure if Rue really thinks she is a spy or if she wants to be a spy. I can say that she bumbles around just like Clouseau. Her friends are not that much better. If this is supposed to be a comedy a la Mr. Bean style, then spot.
There are some cringe-worthy moments as I look back at how India and its culture are portrayed in this book. I'm not nitpicky about this nor is it something I have any issues over. I may roll my eyes a few times but, let's take a look at when she wrote the book. Not too many people were complaining about authors writing outside of their culture back then. Or at least it wasn't in the mainstream complaints.
This paranormal steampunk spy type book is recommended to readers who enjoyed the first series and likes to see how the kids stack up to their parents.