For those who enjoy paranormal steampunk novels, request copies The Custard Protocol series. I recently reread the third book Competence and then promptly read Reticence the fourth book in this series written by Gail Carriger. Both are fun reads with some excitement. The last book features Professor Percival Tunstell, but not to worry this book does feature strong capable smart women. In fact this book introduces a new character who is a female doctor. Some readers might expect to find a more traditional story at this point, and will be disappointed by the twists and turns as the Custard dirigible travels to Egypt and Japan. As a word of caution relationships are definitely not traditional in most of Gail Carriger’s books. I was caught up in the development of my favorite characters from the series. Unfortunately Reticence is the last book in the series so there will be no new adventures for the adopted family of the Custard. I give Reticence 4 out of 5 stars. The series overall however is definitely 5 stars. I highly recommend it for a nontraditional action romance set in an alternate 1890s with paranormal fantasy included.
Review by Nancy H.