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The Agency: A Spy in the House

By Y. S. Lee

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, orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn found herself at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, the cover for an all-female investigative unit called the Agency. Now seventeen, Mary must put her training to the test. Disguised as a lady’s companion, she infiltrates a merchant’s home in hopes of finding clues to the whereabouts of his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of deceptions, and there is no one to trust. . . . Or is there? Packed with suspense and evoking gritty Victorian backstreets, this breezy mystery marks the debut of a detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

  • The first book about Victorian lady-sleuth Mary Quinn - now with a bold, mystery-focused new cover.
  • Vivid, well-researched, and lively historical/detective fiction; atmospherically evokes foggy, gaslit Victorian London.
  • Perfect for mystery readers of all ages, especially fans of Libba Bray's books or Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series, and graduates of Nancy Drew.

About the author

Y.S. Lee has a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and culture and says her research inspired her to write Book One of The Agency trilogy. "Women's choices were grim in those days, even for the clever," she says. "The Agency is a totally unrealistic, completely fictitious antidote to the fate that would otherwise swallow a girl like Mary Quinn." Y. S. Lee lives in Ontario, Canada.

ISBN: 9780763687489
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: September 1, 2016
Dimensions: 139 x 209mm, 352pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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