Nov 4, 2011

Review: A Spy In The House by Y.S. Lee

Series: The Agency #1
Genre: Historical, Thriller, Young-Adult
Publisher: Candlewick
Released: March 9, 2010
My copy: ebook bought by me
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Book Synopsis From Goodreads

Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

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 backstreets 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 Thought


I guess that explains just how much I enjoyed it. I have had A Spy In The House for a while now, but I never got around reading it till now. I mainly started this for Bout Of Books read-a-thon which failed due to my midterms. So after finishing my mids on Wednesday when I picked up the book again it was impossible to let go. I don't know if it was the era writer projected in her story or the characters she created, but I felt so connected! 

In 1850's a woman being a detective or let alone have a detective agency full of women was completely absurd but Mary Quinn is one of the detectives of these agency and a very kick-ass one at that. Mary finds some help when she starts her investigation, sometimes in a wardrobe and sometimes in a warehouse. James Easton is an engineer who is determine to save his brother, from a marriage he believes will bring nothing but misery to them. While investigating further on the family of his brother's future in-laws he meets Mary Quinn. Together they agree to find out what is actually going on. 

James grows some feelings for Mary on their mission, but there is always the question of social difference between them. At the end of the story many secrets are revealed, some are very unexpected, some are rather sweet.

Overall a good book. Recommended to readers who loves reading young-adult.

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