“It’s terrifying, to be on the verge of finally getting what you want.” – Y.S. Lee
The Agency: A Spy in the House written by Y.S. Lee
Published by Candlewick in 2010
Blurb: Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty back streets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.
My Take on It: Never under-estimate the power of a woman! I love that message! Of course in the 1850’s that is what most people did, even women themselves. A Young lady as a spy in the Victorian era made for a fun and unique story line. I love a heroine that is independent and strong, especially in a setting where everything pushes against that. I also liked that she had her faults too. Plus it wasn’t the typical historical fiction that I usually read. The characters were more part of the middle class(some maybe middle-upper?) than upper class. It was an easy, fast paced read with some wit to it. I liked finding a little bit of a tie in with the author herself (no spoilers from me thought!). I can’t wait to read something else by Y.S. Lee.