Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review: The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y.S Lee

Title: The Body at the Tower (Book Two)
Author: Y.S Lee
Series: The Agency
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published: August 10th 2010
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Mary's second adventure as an undercover agent forces her to relive some harrowing childhood experiences as she seeks the identity of a murderer. Mary Quinn is back, now a trusted member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. Her new assignment sends her into the grimy underbelly of Victorian London dressed as a poor boy, evoking her own childhood memories of fear, hunger, and constant want. As she insinuates herself into the confidence of several persons of interest, she encounters others in desperate situations and struggles to make a difference without exposing -or losing -her identity. Mary's adventure, which takes place on the building site of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, offers a fictional window into a fascinating historical time and place.
One of my favourite girl detectives is back in book two of The Agency series! As you may have noticed from my review of: A Spy in the House, my IMM's, or tweets... I'm a bit obsessed with this series!

Mary Quinn is back on the scene, and this time around she's no novice! But our girl has a big job ahead of her, and she's the only woman for the job... and that job may hit a bit too close to home for Mary and she will have to overcome some ghosts of her previous life to be able to do her job properly in this one!

Just when things are getting started and she settles into her role as a young working boy, another ghost from her past, albeit a more recent one, walks right into her life once more, which could jeopardize her whole mission... It's James, and he's not the man that she remembers.

I really enjoyed The Body at the Tower, because you could see how both Mary and James had grown up in their time apart; in book one, James was very much a typical young man with an up front, fly by the seat of your pants attitude, this James however, was more of a think before you speak man, his travels in India had changed him in more ways than one, and watching Mary not know how to handle this side of him at first was quite amusing.

When Mary is introduced to James as Mark Quinn to be his assistant, there's an instant spark of recognition, but when he didn't say anything, and treated her like the boy she was pretending to be, Mary thought that she may have gotten away with her deception, as the James that she used to know would have blurted out something straight away (It's hilarious when he actually says something to her when he runs into her later when she's dressed as a woman, which makes her so shocked that he hadn't said anything sooner).

Everything that I loved about the first book is present in the second, plus so much more! I also love the little hints that so much more is yet to come! Hidden in every page there's a feeling that Y.S Lee hasn't even started to delve deeper into Mary Quinn and James Easton's story yet, and I can't wait for more!

I don't know if it will be the same for you guys, but the ending of The Body at the Tower had me screaming for Traitor in the Tunnel, I was so sad that I hadn't received it in the mail yet, and so relieved that i ordered it around the same time that I did The Body at the Tower, then pounced on it in relief when I received the book later that same afternoon.

The Agency
The Body at the Tower

by Y.S Lee
Is the second book in an amazing series, which I hope that I've convinced you, with this review to give it a go, because I can hardly do it the justice it deserves!
it gets:
nomalicious nomnom noms

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