So when I was doing research for the Finishing School series, Gentle Reader, I did a bunch of research into the Enigma Project.
It totally fascinated me (yes I’ve watched the various movies). Not a lot ended up making it into the books, but here is a peek at the vocabulary notes I took.
|My first copy of Manners & Mutiny arrives in the office.|
You can determine for yourself, Gentle Reader, what was actually utilized in the series.
- Station X
- Code Name
- Sensitive Information
- Top Secret
- Agent Provocateurs
- Unauthorized Disclosure
- Seal of the Confessional
- Personnel Department
- Protective Security
- Vetting for Government Installation
- Counter Espionage
- Counter Insurgency
- Domestic Surveillance
And then at the bottom in big letters I have scrawled:
Clandestine Scientific Information Act of 1885
Of course I ended up cutting the “Scientific” because that made it the CIA. And I can’t resist stuff like that.
|the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed|
More Resources on Victorian Spies
- The Weird World of Vintage Poison Rings. I had a spider one in high school which likely set me off on the path that would eventually lead to writing these books.
- “In the rules of society, an introduction at a ball did not count as an introduction: the woman could with perfect politeness ‘fail’ to recognize him afterwards, cutting him dead without the man having the right to be annoyed.” ~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders
- Victorian Secret Service Agents & Spies: Flip Sides of the Same Hollow Coin
- Real-life gadgets perfect for a Victorian Era James Bond
- “But, for those who could afford them, trains had as many comforts as possible: they had gas lighting, and for an extra payment passengers could hire foot-warmers, filled with acetate of soda, which melted at 200 degrees F and in the process of recrystallizing threw off heat for about twenty hours.” ~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders
- Hair Receivers, Secret Beauty Aids of the Past
- The Art of Listening
- Aphrodisiacs, Elixirs, and Dr. Brodum’s Restorative Nervous Cordial
- Things Women in Literature Have Died From
- The Killer Mobile Device for Victorian Women
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The Book Nut says of Etiquette & Espionage: “Carriger has a way with this genre that makes it seem much more effortless than other authors who have tried the same.”
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Quote of the Day:
“This is Waycross, after all—sneaking around in dark alleys is practically the national sport.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, By Honor Betray’d