Curtsies & Conspiracies Visual Clues & Insider Trading Imagery (Finishing School Special Extras)

Dear Gentle Reader, Curtsies & Conspiracies is now available in trade paperback size! Soon, of course, Waistcoats & Weaponry releases in hard cover.

It was such a fun book to write, although it feels like so long ago now.

In case you have not read it here is a peek at some of the things featured in Curtsies & Conspiracies….


Spy communication via embroidery.
William Oliver Painting via British Painting tumblr
Cross dressing and fake mustaches.
Stolen boleros.
Bolero  Cristobal Balenciaga, 1946  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Vicious wicker furnishing.
Mass destruction of petticoats.
Petticoat 1840-1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Subversive tea parties.
1850 April Tea Le Follet v. 34, plate 76
Transformation dresses.
Robe à Transformation  1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There you have it.

If you’ve already read Curtsies & Conspiracies do you remember these moments? If not, before Waistcoats & Weaponry you might want to do a reread because Sophronia’s life is about to get a great deal more complicated.

P.S. Late tonight/early morning of Oct. 8 is a lunar eclipse in some parts of the world.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Stuff You Should Know – How Blimps Work:

After newsreels captured the Hindenburg erupting in fire in 1937, the promising development of airship aviation was cut short. Today companies and militaries are taking another look at blimps and the unique qualities that may revive them.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“You have no right to expect that she will expose to you, or to any one else, her process of arranging the story, bringing out the characters, or concocting the dialogue. The machinery of her work, and the hidden springs which set it in motion, she naturally wishes to keep to herself; and she cannot be expected to lay them bare for the gratification of impertinent curiosity, letting them become subjects of idle gossip.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (1864)

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