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Title: Competence

Series: The Custard Protocol (Book 3)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication date: July 17 2018

Publisher: Orbit

ISBN: USA hardcover 9780316433884 UK b-format 9781944751135 USA ebook 9780316433877 UK ebook 9781944751128

Retail price: $6.99 - $21.43

Available In: ebook | trade paperback | audio | hardcover

Genre: Steampunk Comedy of Manners


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?

“Recommend this amusing romp to steampunk and LGBT+ readers looking for suspenseful and romantic fantasy.”


“Carriger excels at wry humor and clever phrasing, and her ensemble cast is thoroughly charming and satisfyingly diverse. There‚Äôs a genuine sense of whimsy and fun running throughout this story, making it a treat for fans of the series.”

Publisher's Weekly

Current Bio

Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, and Supernatural Society series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

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