Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
Cindy (USA: NV) (2010/08/28): A delightful steampunk/Victorian romance with a well mannered heroine, titled werewolves and well dressed vampires - plus a few mad scientists and Queen Victoria.
Marinda (USA: LA) (2010/09/15): Yep, it's as good as all the other reviews, here and Amazon say it is. Charming alt/history with a writing style that just flows. The author keeps close to the canon and the seduction scenes will have you laughing out loud, because they are charming without resorting to porn. Lead characters are great, but the secondary ones are just as charming. This moves quickly, but some of it is so well written you will want to savor this start to what may be a winning series.
Oh, for those of you who like Amelia Peabody/Emerson and "Crocodile on the Sandbank" you will enjoy this one as the main female character is VERY Peabody like.