The Agency 1: A Spy In The House by Y.S. LeeThe Agency 1: A Spy In The House by Y.S. Lee

The Agency 1: A Spy In The House

byY.S. Lee

Paperback | February 8, 2011

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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.
Y. S. Lee has a PhD in Victorian literature and culture and says her research inspired her to write A SPY IN THE HOUSE, "a totally unrealistic, completely fictitious antidote to the fate that would otherwise swallow a girl like Mary Quinn." Y. S. Lee lives in Ontario, Canada.From the Hardcover edition.
Title:The Agency 1: A Spy In The HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.26 × 5.6 × 0.96 inPublished:February 8, 2011Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:076365289X

ISBN - 13:9780763652890

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Agency: A Spy in the House Interesting story line in that it's different from anything else I've read. Couldn't predict the outcome, which is what I need to hold my interest in a story.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA spy book! I loved the setting, the characters, the twists and surprises throughout the book. I could almost feel the heat and humidity and smell the stink from the Thames! Can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read This isn't steampunk but if you enjoy it you'll like this book. Too bad the agency didn't really exit.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Agency Excellent characters, good pace. Mary Quinn was easily relatable. London became very visual. Universal appeal.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I never knew I wanted! My one-sentence pitch for this would be: Imagine if Kingsman were set in 1850s England, and all the agents were female. But it's so much more than that. This book covers many aspects of that era of history - the limited options available to women and how they struggled to find a place, the way the British viewed anyone not-British, and even the pollution in the Thames. But it doesn't do it in a preachy, stuff-it-down-your-throat way. It makes the era come alive in a vivid manner, with those societal issues affecting the plot (as well they should!) I have been recommending this to everyone I know that likes reading fiction since I read it.
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapointing I though it had a lot of potential.. And thus was greatly disappointed. I don't know whether it was the characters or the plot but I found myself unengaged and annoyed while reading it. Maybe the other books in the series are better but as is, I would not read it again.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dissapointing NOthing is wrong with this book, it has a great plot and a great ending and is fast moving. But the reason I read this book was because the synopsis which talked about a spy agency. I wish that they incorporated that more into the story. For example: she was asked to take an intensive 6 week training session, and then the next page, it just skipped to after the training. I guess I was the only person that was really looking forward to that. Other than that, it was a great book and I recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and historical fiction.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dissapointing Fast moving. I like a book that holds my interest all the way through, and this one does. Hard to put down. No foul language, which is a plus in my opinion. Her next book in the series is just as interesting
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series The entire series of the Agency is good. Looking forward to the next book.
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting book, quite surprising as to how intriguing the book was... Have a read and judge for yourself.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Great set up - Could definitely get hooked on this series. Fairly quick read for an adult.
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The agency I really the enjoyed this. It was well written and plot driven. I find myself liking the characters and wanting to know more about them. I will definitely read and seek out more of her books.
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique! I really enjoyed this book! It was mysterious, fast paced and had great characters that made for an interesting and unique story. I admire the character of Mary Quinn; she's a smart, brave and stubborn young girl who will do just about anything in her power to uncover the true mystery behind the Thorold household. Overall, this book was very well written and I will definitely be reading the next two books in the series! P.S. James Easton sounds like a complete stud and if I was Mary, I would be all over that ;)
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Historical I have read! =D The Agency series is among my favorite mystery books. Y.S. Lee makes a brilliant job narrating the story of Mary Quinn, a half Asian half British orphan girl who becomes a spy. Yes, a female spy in the 19th century. I am a huge fan of Victorian era and this book just did it for me. I have read a bunch of historical book always expecting to be transported back in time, but just a few of them have given me such satisfaction. This one is one of them! I love everything about this book. I love that is narrated from a third person POV, so we can know what's going on with Mary Quinn as well as James Easton. Ooooh James Easton, I can't drool enough for you! all dressed in those Victorian costumes uuuuuuuh! Anyways, the point is, that this book have a great plot! The fact that the spy in this story is a girl, makes this book very rich. Mary Quinn have, in fact, to pretend to be a lady's companion while, in reality, she is risking her skin by snooping around places no man would think she should be, given she is supposed to be a lady (just good enough to serve tea) and never EVER walk around on trousers and boots. That is one of the aspects I love about this book; The collision of of feminism against men. In other words, a female badass character against a I-am-the-man-here-you-seat-down-and-feed-the-kids world. There is a lot of chivalry too, but a female spy?... well, that's morecomplicated. I think A Spy in the House was an amazing read. Y.S. Lee didn't only transport my mind back to the 1850s in London, she transported all of my senses too. While reading The Agency, I could smell the stink of the Thames, hear the carriages, the horses loudly pawing against the ground and London's fogy wetness on my cheeks. The Body at the Tower (Agency #2) A great story not to be missed. Historical, mystery, adventure and romance fans (pretty much everyone) will enjoy this as much as I did. Don't miss the sequel The Body at the Tower (now in Paperback!). I already read the second book and let me tell you, you'll be craving for more!
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! OMG!! When I first looked upon the cover of this book, I thought it looked intresting but what I didn't know was that the story was even better than the cover. I love books about mystery but this book is way more than any other book. I say move over authors, Y.S. Lee is BIG competition for you all, I absoulutely loved it and can't wait to read the rest of these books!!!AMAZING........THAT IS THE ONLY WORD THAT CAN DESCRIBE THE DETAILED PLAOT AND CHARACTER SKETCHES AND OTHER PARTS TO THIS MARVALOUS STORY.
Date published: 2011-07-09