Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
Mary Quinn is back, now a trusted member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. Her new assignment sends her into the grimy underbelly of Victorian London dressed as a poor boy, evoking her own childhood memories of fear, hunger, and constant want. As she insinuates herself into the confidence of several persons of interest, she encounters others in desperate situations and struggles to make a difference without exposing —or losing —her identity. Mary’s adventure, which takes place on the building site of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, offers a fictional window into a fascinating historical time and place.
This is the second book in the Mary Quinn series, which I believe is a trilogy. The first book is called The Agency: A Spy in the House.
The thing that I love about this series isn't the mystery's, I find those kind of bland, but the characters. Mary and James just have the best chemistry! I'm so glad that Lee brought James back in this book, I just dont think that I would have liked the book very much if he hadn't been in it.
I also really enjoy how Y.S. Lee brings out Mary's hesitance about revealing her race. I really enjoyed learning about the racism that happened against Asian people in London in the 1800's.
These books are historical fiction pieces with some-what forgettable mystery's but AMAZING characters, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, with a little not to mush romance.