The Body at the Tower

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The Body at the Tower

By Y. S. Lee

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763649685, 337pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2010

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.

About the Author
Y.S. Lee has a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature and Culture and says her research inspired her to write Book One of The Agency trilogy. a oeWomena (TM)s choices were grim in those days, even for the clever, a she says. a oeThe Agency is a totally unrealistic, completely fictitious antidote to the fate that would otherwise swallow a girl like Mary Quinn.a Y. S. Lee lives in Ontario, Canada.