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The Agency (Mary Quinn Mysteries) Series


by Y.S. Lee (Author)

Book Cover for the Agency (Mary Quinn Mysteries) Series
Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this enthralling mystery series 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.

Readers who crave cleverly crafted historical thrillers such as Phillip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series or The Keepers Trilogy by Lian Tanner will find themselves engrossed in The Agency.

Series Summary


Series: Agency (Mary Quinn Mysteries)
Tags: historical culture mystery spy action adventure
Series reading level: 12+
Books in series: 4
Should read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished

 Print series book list

Books in series order
1A Spy in the House  (2009)
2The Body at the Tower  (2010)
3The Traitor and the Tunnel  (2012)
4Rivals in the City  (2014)