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Introducing an exciting new series! 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 s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published March 9th by Candlewick first published April 6th More Details Original Title.
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Is this book okay for a 12 year old? Madison Kaider-Lover This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ I personally think so. There are some darker themes woven throughout the book and a scene with a dead body that is not too graphic, and also some mild …more I personally think so. There are some darker themes woven throughout the book and a scene with a dead body that is not too graphic, and also some mild profanities like the D word, but other than that I would say it is clean enough for a 12 year old.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 04, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult , canadian , costume-fiction , historical-fiction , asian , mystery-traditional , read , s. I really, really wanted to like this book. I'm a fan of novels set during the Victorian era, as I've always been very interested in how thinking, reasoning people-especially women--manage to survive in such a repressive society. It's the same reason I like Jane Austen novels, because the yearning for connection with other human beings is so often at odds with the strict customs of the day.
There's a tendency now in books for authors to just ignore those rules and just barrel forward with whatever I really, really wanted to like this book. There's a tendency now in books for authors to just ignore those rules and just barrel forward with whatever story or agenda they may want to promote. I know that it's difficult from a modern standpoint to write about a spirited heroine without bending some rules here and there, but it's annoying that so many authors go ahead and just plain break them. Don't get me wrong--the author clearly has done a lot of research into the time period, and I believe it was also her educational specialty.
But I find it tiresome that girls in historical novels keep getting put into breeches or constantly talk back at their superiors or go out and linger unattended on the streets. I know, I know, Mary is supposed to be a detective and whatnot, but girls of this time and in her position would never dream of behaving in this way. Showing courage and spirit and passion when extraordinary circumstances call for it is one thing, but to blithely move about everyday life as if expressing your wishes and opinions is commonplace is just plain wrong for this time period. I would argue that there must be a way for a gifted writer to make the book more true to the period of the time while keeping the spirit of adventure alive.
The writing itself is something that bothered me, too. The language of the time is fairly formal and specific, with a distinct wording and rhythm of its own. I just didn't feel convinced by the tone that was struck here, nor were the plotting or the mystery or the characters particularly unique. I happened to have the follow-up book from the library and I skimmed through that one as well to see if it was any more engaging, but for me, unfortunately, these books just don't work.
View all 40 comments. Jul 14, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: books. Having accidentally read book three in this series first I went back and read this one - book one. It's always better to begin at the beginning. It was nice to see how Mary began her career and how and when James came into the story. Now I understand that later book much better. I always enjoy a good historical mystery especially those set in Victorian London.
There's something very special about the history of that city and the spookiness of the docks, the fogs and the streets at night.
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I thoroug Having accidentally read book three in this series first I went back and read this one - book one. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to reading Mary's future adventures - in order Feb 16, Krystle rated it it was amazing. Dude, this book rocked my world in all sorts of ways. Asian-American Woops sorry, she's Asian- Canadian actually author?
Asian-ish character? Double bingo! Feisty main character with an even crackalicious chemistry between the two leads? My favorite part of the book has to be the interactions between James and Mary. They just sizzle in their scenes together. After all, if she meets him in a closet there is bound to Dude, this book rocked my world in all sorts of ways. After all, if she meets him in a closet there is bound to be some sparkage going on there. You just want them to have some hot make out scenes to, you know, seal the deal. The plot was fast paced and the mystery yanked me along without letting me take a breather.
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I just could not stop reading. I loved how she carefully built up aspects of Victorian Era society, because that time period is so intriguing with its inner contradictions and hypocrisy. Real Victorian society is gritty, depressing, and downright bleak at times, though it was a monumental time of changes and had a huge effect on the conflict of belief. Don't get me wrong, a lot of good things happened at this time too.
I love it! Totally recommended. View all 8 comments. Nov 25, David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , dashing-heroines , reads. Sadly, tiresome cliches and one-dimensional supporting characters prevent this good read from becoming a great one! It's in London, England, and year old Mary Quinn has just been sentenced to die!
Convicted for thievery, Mary is saved from the gallows pole at the last moment by a mysterious stranger and brought to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. But much like Mary herself, the Academy is full of secrets. Mary soon joins a secret agency which trains young women to become detectives and spies so that they can work within a society that foolishly underestimates them. Now Mary has been given her first case, infiltrate a rich merchant's home and learn why his cargo ships keep disappearing. But when Mary's investigation earns her a dangerous new enemy, will she be able to cheat death a second time?
This book's premise sounds amazing, right?!? Unfortunately, the execution suffers right from the very beginning. While some authors make the mistake of taking too long to get to the point, Y. Lee has the opposite problem After a brief prologue in which Mary's execution is interrupted by Anne Treleaven from the Academy, Chapter 1 immediately jumps ahead 5 years! In the first chapter, teachers Anne and Felicity reveal to 17 year-old Mary that her performance at the school and her interactions with the other girls has convinced them she is a perfect candidate to be trained for espionage.
We have to take their word for it, since we never see any of these events ourselves! Than Lee manages to make the same exact mistake a second time, when Chapter 2 skips past all of Mary's training and jumps right into her first case! All the experiences that have made Mary who she is are completely glossed over. Imagine if the second chapter of Harry Potter's first novel featured him graduating from Hogwarts, and you now understand exactly what reading this book is like!
While Lee thankfully stops skipping past long periods of time in between chapters, narrative problems still persist once Mary begins her first case. In order to infiltrate the home of shipping magnate and chief suspect Henry Thorold, Mary gets a job working as a companion for Henry's teen-age daughter Angelica. It doesn't take long for all of the people Mary encounters to fall into their one-note roles. For example, since the stereotype of the spoiled, bratty heiress has been done to death, it would have been nice if Angelica had been given a bit more depth upon her introduction The other characters don't fare much better, all of them are pretty much shallow and one-dimensional.
But as the story moves on, Mary is the only character that displays any real depth at all, and even that isn't handled very well. In fact, most of Mary's traits aren't evident from her actions, but merely from what other people tell us about her! Early on, Mary encounters James Easton, the younger brother of one of Henry Thorold's potential investors. By Chapter 4, spoiler insta-love alert James is already infatuated with Mary Because of this second narrative voice, we constantly have James telling us about who Mary is, instead of Mary showing us for herself.
James so often comments about how feisty and independent Mary is, it sure would have been nice to see more of her in action! However, despite these problems, I did find myself enjoying much of this book once I got past the really clunky ramp-up portion. While Mary and James quickly fall into cliched rom-com roles, I can't deny that I often laughed at the witty banter between them.
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And when Mary was finally given a chance to shine, she did so brilliantly. In the book's best moments, Mary is revealed to be a very sympathetic and endearing character. Also, the overall mystery was a nice change of pace from the usual whodunit style. While the characters themselves could be boring, I can't say the same for the mystery itself, as Lee throw in enough twists and turns to keep things interesting.
Although the mystery is sometimes hampered by Lee's tendency to fall back on tired old cliches If you've just read something really heavy and want your next book to be light and fluffy, then you might have fun with "A Spy in the House. But if you want a deeper reading experience that invokes any kind of real emotion, I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere. Disappointing, since so much more could have been done with such a promising concept.
View all 14 comments. Not bad but not great either We move too quickly from one event to the next in some cases and some of the connections seem too convenient or not quite believable. I would have loved to learn more about Mary's school years and the "skills" her benefactors thought she displayed that they thought were good qualities for an Agent. Mental red flags popped up from the beginnin Not bad but not great either Mental red flags popped up from the beginning but I decided to keep going and hope we would get to know Mary better later on. Mary's background and past life was very interesting The only characters given some depth were Mary and James, everyone else wasn't really fleshed out.
Even the "villain" failed to rouse any strong feelings in me, when they revealed their master plan It's one of those books that isn't too dark and an easy read I wouldn't say I had fun reading it but I wasn't completely bored either. Not a bad read for a rainy day I suppose. I'm interested enough to give the second book a chance but this is one I won't be re-reading in the future. This is David's fabulous review Give him some love :. View 2 comments. Mar 25, Sesana rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , young-adult , mystery.
I like the basic concept of The Agency. A group of female spies in Victorian England! It sounds fabulous. A woman posing as a servant, a governess, for example, or a lady's maid or companion, could overhear and quietly collect a lot of things. So I came in ready to love this series. Unfortunately, Mary Quinn goes directly from being informed that the Agency exists to arriving at her first job. She is apparently given "intensive" training in between, but we don't see even a moment of it.
And I don I like the basic concept of The Agency. And I don't remember Mary thinking about her training much. It's a shame, because it's a huge missed opportunity. I would have very much liked to have seen that training.
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And since Mary does spend quite a bit of time screwing up in her first assignment, I'm left to believe that the Agency's training and selection procedures aren't quite as strict as they should be. I don't doubt that Lee does know a fair bit about and has done some research into Victorian England. And times, it shows.
But Mary herself reads more like a modern girl than a Victorian girl in a delicate situation. Her behavior including arguing politics with a guest of her employer just didn't ring true for the period. This won't bother some readers, but it did sometimes take me out of the story. But I think those two things might not have bothered me as much if I liked Mary more. It's not that I disliked her. I was sympathetic towards her and her circumstances, but not attached to her.
She just didn't stop to think quite as much as I like to see in my heroines. A shame, because I really did want to like this series. Aug 02, Nafiza rated it it was amazing Shelves: series-currently-reading , author-canadian , read , wish-list. This read like a dream. Yes, I said it. Now if you are anything like me and your bibliophilic life started with raunchy mills and boons Australian and Kiwi editions and then widened to include historical romance which were just as raunchy but did teach me a lot about Bonaparte you will have some level of familiarity with historical novels boasting of a strong heroine and an intriguing hero.
I applied for a job at Wyvern Community School, because my wife was pregnant and we needed the money. In my second year there a little bit of magic happened; all of a sudden lessons were easier, the kids were on my side and I found I was enjoying it. And before long I realised I was pretty good at it.
My first year at Wyvern was incredibly hard and there were some classes which I found un-teachable. I had this Year 8 drama class who were feral and to my shame I failed to teach them anything at all that year. These same kids were entirely different in my second year. That taught me the value of just turning up, day in, day out, whether you feel like it or not.
One of the most pernicious and abiding myths at work is the belief that students should make progress every lesson. This is meaningless. Learning is complicated and takes place over time. Everyone has experienced the fact that sometimes a lesson seems to have gone really well but yet students remember nothing the next lesson. Another destructive myth is that the best way to make students independent is to make them learn independently. Independence is an end not a means. If we refuse to teach students and expect them to work it out for themselves we are actually making them more dependent.
Outstanding teaching takes account of these ideas and acknowledges that teaching is sequential. When it comes to motivation, Didau finds that the best way to keep students motivated is to have high expectations of them and keep things as challenging as possible. Operating under the pseudonym John Bolton, he recruited childhood friend Abraham Woodhull and several other acquaintances to provide intelligence from in and around British-controlled Long Island.
Tallmadge instructed his operatives to communicate via a complex system of dead drops and coded messages.
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He even had them write some of their reports in invisible ink that could only be read after being brushed with a chemical compound. One of their most significant achievements came during the summer of , when they informed Washington of a British plan to ambush French forces gathered at Newport, Rhode Island. In , the Connecticut-born shoemaker was making his way to a Continental Army camp in New York when he was confused for a British sympathizer and invited to a meeting of loyalist militiamen. The job required Crosby to work deep undercover.
To help sell his new identity, his handlers arranged for him to be arrested as a loyalist before staging his escape to the Hudson River Valley. Crosby then reunited with the British sympathizers and began reporting on their movements. Thanks to the intelligence he gathered, the entire gang was rounded up in a Continental raid a few days later.
In the months that followed, Crosby infiltrated British loyalist groups on at least four more occasions. The young spy carried a special pass that would identify him as an American agent in a pinch—he once had to use it to avoid being picked up by Continental sentries—but outside of Jay and a few others, no one knew he was actually working for the colonials.
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