May 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: A Spy in The House

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week's pick is A Spy in the House, the first novel in the Agency series by Y. S. Lee. I've got it on hold at the library but it's still being ordered, so it will sadly be a while until I get it. Anyway, I've read some great reviews of it and I'm excited for any book set in the Victorian time period with a strong female protagonist (and depending on how the mystery is handled, I may enjoy that as well).

Summary from Amazon: "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."

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