Series: The Agency #3
Published by Candlewick Press on February 28th 2012
Get steeped in suspense, romance, and high Victorian intrigue as Mary goes undercover at Buckingham Palace - and learns a startling secret at the Tower of London.
Queen Victoria has a little problem: there's a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency puts quickwitted Mary Quinn on the case, where she must pose as a domestic while fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales. But when the prince witnesses the murder of one of his friends in an opium den, the potential for scandal looms large. And Mary faces an even more unsettling possibility: the accused killer, a Chinese sailor imprisoned in the Tower of London, shares a name with her long-lost father. Meanwhile, engineer James Easton, Mary's onetime paramour, is at work shoring up the sewers beneath the palace, where an unexpected tunnel seems to be very much in use. Can Mary and James trust each other (and put their simmering feelings aside) long enough to solve the mystery and protect the Royal Family? Hoist on your waders for Mary's most personal case yet, where the stakes couldn't be higher - and she has everything to lose.
I loved the two books in this series, so I was eager to read another mystery involving the lovely Mary Quinn and her romantic interest James Easton, who seems to pop up every where she goes.
Mary is right in the thick of things again, this time working as a maid for the Queen herself. She's undercover, trying to discover who has been lifting objects from within the household. Unfortunately, the lack of gossip allowed is making it difficult for her to find any leads. And then a murder takes place and the Prince is the main witness. The murderer is a Lancaster and his name is that of her father's. Mary must find out what she can about both the thefts and the murder, but will she be able to solve the mysteries?
I must say, these books are simply amazing reads. I love the setting, the romance, the characters and truly everything about these books. The intrigue surrounding the murder and the theft draws you into the story. Mary must make some hard decisions about where she wants to end up in life. She must decide between love and kinship. I think this was definitely the turning point of the series and if Lee continues, we'll see another side of Mary as she matures further and becomes her own woman.
A must-read for mystery and romance lovers and those who enjoy a Victorian England setting.