The Traitor and the Tunnel (The Agency #3)
This is the third colourful and action-packed Victorian detective novel about the exploits of agent Mary Quinn. Queen Victoria has a little problem: a series of petty thefts from Buckingham Palace. She calls the Agency for help, and they put Mary Quinn - on her first case as a full-fledged agent... show more
This is the third colourful and action-packed Victorian detective novel about the exploits of agent Mary Quinn. Queen Victoria has a little problem: a series of petty thefts from Buckingham Palace. She calls the Agency for help, and they put Mary Quinn - on her first case as a full-fledged agent - on the case. Going undercover as a domestic servant, Mary's assignment seems simple enough. But before long, a scandal threatens to tear apart the Royal Family. One of the Prince of Wales' irresponsible young friends is murdered in scandalous circumstances and the story, if it became public, would disgrace the young prince. Should the Queen hush things up or permit justice to take its course? Mary's interest in this private matter soon becomes deeply personal: the killer, a drug-addicted Chinese sailor, shares a name with her long-lost father. Meanwhile, James Easton's engineering firm wins a contract to repair some sewers beneath Buckingham Palace. Trouble is, there's a tunnel that's not on the plans. Its purpose is unclear. But it seems to be very much in use - it's just not clear by whom. These overlapping puzzles offer a perfect opportunity for James and Mary to work together again. If they can still trust one another. If they can suppress the emotions that still torture them. If Mary can forget the sight of that exquisite blonde she sees in James' drawing-room...In this, Mary's most personal case yet, she faces struggles at every level - legal, political, personal. And she has everything to lose.
Publish date: August 1st 2011
Publisher: Walker & Company
Pages no: 376
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Series: The Agency (#3)
I absolutely adore these books!
Ugh. Writing is fine. Story is okay. Nothing spectacular.What annoys me to no end is Mary and James.Their relationship appears to be all about the physical. They argue and bicker and then kiss passionately and get interrupted before they can do much more.No meaningful conversations. Or, at the very ...
What begins as a simple assignment--to identify a petty thief at Windsor Castle--expands to traitors, trouble for the Agency, and a personal crisis for Mary that brings her mixed-race heritage to the surface and leaves her, by the end of the novel, in an entirely changed landscape.
I have, honestly, never come across a couple in a book more adorable and perfect together than Mary and James.Y.S. Lee, THANK YOU, for giving us these two, especially James!P.S - Queen Victoria is SUCH a badass in this book! :D