My Random Reads selection for April was The Traitor in the Tunnel, the third book in The Agency series by Y.S. Lee. This seems like perfect opportunity to do a quick series review!
Book 1-The Spy in the House, 2009
Book 2-The Body at the Tower, 2010
Book 3-The Traitor in the Tunnel, 2012
Book 4-Rivals in the City, 2014?
What it’s about:
Mary Quinn is a seventeen-year old orphan and thief living in Victorian London. She is rescued from the gallows by a mysterious stranger who offers her the opportunity for an education. When she arrives at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls she learns that the school is a front for an all-female private investigating firm known as The Agency. Mary’s first assignment places her in the house of a wealthy merchant where she serves as a lady’s maid. This role places her in the perfect position to eavesdrop and spy. It is in this role that she first meets the young James Easton, a potential love interest for Mary. In her second assignment a murder occurs at the work site of Big Ben. Mary once again goes undercover, this time disguised as a boy, in search of a killer. In the third installment Mary finds herself in Buckingham Palace serving as a maid to the Queen herself. She is sent there to solve the mystery of some thefts but soon discovers something more dangerous is afoot. Her investigations into royal matters also brings answers to her own personal mystery.
Why you might like it:
Do you enjoy quiet mysteries, spirited heroines, and the seedy underbelly of Victorian England? If so, this series is for you! Do you cheer for the underdog who uses wits and wile to right wrongs and fight injustice? You’ll be rooting for Mary all the way! If you are a fan of history, mystery, and a romance full of clever banter you might enjoy this series.
Want more like this?
You might enjoy Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, and the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer.