The Agency 1: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee is the first book in a trilogy series that follows Mary Quinn. This book starts out with Mary being twelve years old about to be hanged when a stranger saves her and takes her to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. Once she turns seventeen, she's recruited to work for a secret agency of female spies and her first assignment is to pose as a lady's companion to the daughter of a man suspected of fraud and smuggling.
I loved the setting in the book. One of my favorite time periods is Victorian London and I loved the way it was presented in this book. Realistic and enjoyable.
I also love Mary. She's such a fun, loveable character. It's easy to like her. The same with James. I love the way the two of the work together, even if he's a bit arrogant with her and she gets a bit spunky with him. Maybe that makes it even more enjoyable. Plus, the romance between them isn't strong or overwhelming. It's subdued enough to take a back seat to the main plot. And it wasn't based on looks, like so many books out there. It was deeper than that.
I did want to know more about Mary and some of the information we found out seemed a bit odd or randomly placed, but overall it wasn't bad. Not crazy about the whole reveal/monologue/bad guy explaining his whole plot step by step like it was in here.
Overall, this book was a great mystery book, historical fiction book, and just a great book in general. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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