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The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower (The Agency Mysteries) Paperback – August 9, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Agency Series

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–Mary Quinn returns in another case for the Agency, a covert all-female detective agency in Victorian London. A man has recently fallen out of the soon-to-be-completed clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. Mary disguises herself as an errand boy and attempts to infiltrate the work site to discover potential suspects. After a rocky start, she finds herself learning much about the workers and the site engineer, Mr. Harkness, including that someone may be stealing building supplies. She also discovers that her old partner, James Easton, has returned from India after suffering from a bout with malaria. The two quickly join forces to try and solve the murder. This second book is much stronger than the first, both in terms of character development and the central mystery. Mary grows and struggles, first to come to terms with her past and secondly with her growing feelings for James. The two have a fiery relationship that threatens to boil over at any moment as they move from sparring to kissing, sometimes in the span of a page. Through Mary, readers also get an up-close glimpse into the darker side of Victorian London, particularly through her relationship with fellow errand boy Jenkins, who is the sole breadwinner for his family. Mary proves that she is definitely a detective to keep an eye on.Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second book in the Agency series finds Mary Quinn still undercover at the all-female detective agency that’s run out of Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. Her new assignment is dangerous both because she is tracking a murderer and she must work as an apprentice on the building site of the Houses of Parliament. Disguising herself as a boy brings back memories of Mary’s deprived childhood, where assuming a male identity was the only way to keep herself safe. Smart and suspenseful, this offers a solid heroine and a strong sense of life in Victorian England. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Agency Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763656437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763656430
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Y.S. Lee's The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower is the second book in a series of mystery novels following Mary Quinn, a Victorian girl who was sentenced to death at the age of twelve and was fortunate enough to be rescued by a couple of women who run an exclusive school (as well as a secret investigative agency). In the first book, The Agency: A Spy in the House, Mary was sent undercover on her first field-training exercise. The second book begins about a year later, when Mary accepts a new undercover assignment. This time she must pretend to be a young boy in order to secure a job on a construction site where a man was recently found dead. Not only is her cover story challenging to maintain, but living the day-to-day life of a young boy brings back several of Mary's worst memories of disguising herself as a boy in order to protect herself back when she was a young girl living in poverty. More danger and more romance, The Body at the Tower is a great addition to the Mary Quinn series!

What I Liked:
- James Easton! After the way A Spy in the House ended, I wasn't sure how or when James and Mary would manage to cross paths again. I was thrilled to see more of James in this book! But his life has become significantly more complex. His experience in India impaired his health, altered his career trajectory, and essentially knocked some of the wind out of his sails. I loved that he wasn't exactly the same person he'd been before. He is now a bit more of a realist who finds himself frustrated by his physical condition, sensitive to being coddled, and quite possibly more stubborn than ever. But James hasn't lost his sharp wit, his charming grin, or his interest in Mary.
- There is more opportunity for romance this time around.
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The Body at the Tower is the second book in The Agency series, and I enjoyed it as much as the others. (Yes, I've read them out of order.)

I really enjoy the premise of these detective stories. It's the mid 1800s in London. Our main character, Mary, is a detective working undercover from The Agency, which is known as Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. It's a bit far-fetched. This teen girl was plucked off the street from a life of crime and trained to be a sleuth in a time when women couldn't even appear in public alone. But...

These books are really a lot of fun. In The Body at the Tower, a man has fallen to his death from Big Ben's tower -- still under construction. So Mary poses as a boy and gets a job on the construction crew.

She gets in all kinds of close scrapes and daring situations. She always manages to come out on top. We do get to see James Easton again -- the romantic interest from the first book, A Spy in the House. And, the romance STILL doesn't sizzle.

I'm partial to historical fiction and I really enjoy detective stories, so The Body at the Tower probably couldn't miss. Yes, it has some flaws. Mary is VERY lucky a lot. But I'm totally entertained and get caught up in these quick little books. I would recommend you read A Spy in the House first to get Mary's background. Give them a try!
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I was a huge fan of the first book in this series, A Spy in the House, and when I love a book that much, the sequels make me nervous. But I didn't need to worry because The Body at the Tower proves that Y.S. Lee is a master storyteller who rules the historical mystery.

The banter I loved from the first book between Mary and James was back-and with things heating up between them, I kept the pages turning and I think James may be a new book crush! I still adore The Agency and I want to know more about them. I'd be OK with The Agency spin-off novels about Anne and Felicity, the women who rule the female detective operation!:)

Because this job requires Mary to disguise herself in boy's clothing, we get a peek into Mary's past. I thought her hesitancy about taking the job were believable and I liked getting to more about her life before The Agency found her. We also get to see Mary's struggle with her heritage and culture, which I think gives these books an extra twist and makes them stand out. Even though Mary says she's going to hide her past and her heritage, I think there's more to learn there, so I'm hoping we find out more about her father in the next book.

I did have a harder time getting into the mystery in this book than I did the first one, but I think that was due to the fact that the mystery took place on a building site, which is something I'm not familiar with. So there were a few times that I felt a little lost in the setting because I was having to learn about Victorian building sites and equipment on top of figuring out Mary's mystery.

Even if you're not a fan of historical fiction, these books will pull you in. I love that author Y.S.
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The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower by Y. S. Lee continues the story of Mary Quinn, a spy/detective at an all-female detective agency in Victorian London. This time, Mary disguises herself as a boy after a man has fallen out of the soon-to-be-completed clock tower of the House of Parliament.

I love the Agency series so far. They'll full of adventure, have a bit of history, bit of "spy" work going on and I love the time period they take place in. Plus, Mary is a strong, likeable character. Plus, we get to know more about Mary and her past in this book since she dresses in boys clothing, like she used to do when she was an orphan.

The only thing that kinda bugged me was more about that the mystery wasn't as strong or as good as the first one or I would have liked it to be. I found myself more confused than normal on a few things. Still, though, it's a great book/series. Totally recommend it and looking forward to the third Agency book coming out soon
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