Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Agency: A Spy in the House

The Agency: A Spy in the House is the first in a series of YA novels by Y.S. Lee. Young Mary Quinn is rescued from the gallows by an unusual school for young women in Victorian England. The school educates girls in desperate situations, and Mary finds herself with the opportunity to become a spy in the guise of a domestic servant.

Mary is an appealing heroine, although she does make some decisions that really boggle the mind. Lee does a nice job of describing a realistic Victorian London that many of off us have probably romanticized and introduces some history I was previously unaware of. I was both educated and entertained by the novel and will certainly read the second book in the series.

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