Thursday, October 21, 2010

Year of the Historical: The Body at the Tower

The Agency 2: The Body at the TowerThe Agency 2: The Body at the Tower YS Lee

YAY! Mary Quinn is back! And James is too! AND IT IS AWESOME. And if that's not enough to excite you, what is wrong with you?

Ok, I should say more. Mary has disguised herself as a boy, Mark, to investigate a murder and some other irregularities at the building site of St. Stephen's Tower (which houses Big Ben). James is back from India, greatly weakened by malarial fever, and investigating the same thing, but officially. The tabloids are poking around and brickies aren't men that like to be messed with. There are tangled webs of beer, love, stolen goods, blackmail and more to be worked out. Not to mention the issues between Mary and James.

A gripping mystery with an even grippy-er romantic subplot (I have such a crush on James. SUCH A CRUSH!) I also love how much detail Lee works in about Victorian London without ever overwhelming the story. I mean, she even manages to work in the stench, the way the streets teemed with life, what it was like after dark in less savory neighborhoods. She really makes London come alive in a remarkable way.

This series is AWESOME and I can't wait for book 3! CANNOT WAIT!

Book Provided by... my local library

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Anonymous said...

Oh, yay! Loved the first one so much--I can't wait.

Shelley said...

I loved the first one, and I have this one from the library right now. I love James, too!