A Spy in the House

A Spy in the House

By Y. S. Lee

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763652890, 335pp.

Publication Date: February 8, 2011

Introducing an exciting new series Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady's companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets including those of her own past.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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.