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Ambush or Adore

Agatha's Book in A Delightfully Deadly Story

London’s best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming story of enduring love set in her popular Parasolverse. 


Agatha Woosmoss, the Wallflower, is the greatest intelligencer of her generation. And no one knows she exists. She has been invisible, capable, and cunning for well over four decades. Her greatest skill is in her ability to go forever unnoticed.

Except by one man.


Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is a professor of ancient languages at Oxford University. He’s tried to ignore his training as an Evil Genius and live a quiet life away from politics and intrigue.

When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Agatha must hide and heal. So she goes to ground with the only person who’s always kept her safe, Pillover.

Can Pillover hold onto the deadly woman who specializes in getting away? Will Agatha realize that patience is indeed a virtue, and that perhaps it is good to be noticed by the one who waits?

Spinning off from Miss Gail’s Finishing School series, this story stands on its own and spans decades but was written after Defy or Defend. May contain vampires, old injuries, lost love, and the reappearance of many favorite characters.

Delicate Sensibilities?

This tale concerns a considerable amount of pining and the repressed passion of two people who secretly adore each other and occasionally act on it. Agatha and Pillover are mature characters who act maturely, please be aware of this. If you like gruff but caring men with secret sorrows and the tough smart women they love, you’ll also enjoy How to Marry a Werewolf.

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Ambush or Adore special extras & Gail’s articles, thoughts & tidbits on this book


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Ambush or Adore was an Amazon #1 bestseller in Steampunk Fiction!

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Ambush or Adore first appeared in print as part of a special hardcover Delightfully Deadly omnibus. These hardcovers are limited short run numbered editions. Gail signs every single one (see me talking about it here). They sell fast and once they are gone, they are gone. There will be no 2nd printing.

DDO Delightfully Deadly Omnibus Numbered Cloth Sub Press


This beautiful hardback matches the previous Soulless and the Fan Service special editions from Subterranean Press. It includes:

For those of you who prefer the trade paperback version of just Ambush or Adore, that too, is now available.

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