A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee is the first of the Mary Quinn mysteries (also known as The Agency series, so many different titles). I really enjoyed this book a lot. It included basically all of my favorite things.
Takes place in London-Check
Takes place in Victorian London-Check
Strong Female Character That Isn’t Annoying-Check
Really Dreamy Guy-Check
Leaves Me Wanting More-Check
The story is about Mary Quinn, who was plucked from the streets as a girl to go to a special school for young ladies. Several years later, at 17, she is recruited as a spy to work for The Agency. Her first mission is relatively simple, but she manages to get in all kinds of trouble during the process. She also meets the dark and dashing James Easton (*swoon*). Will she accomplish her mission without revealing herself?
I really liked Mary’s character a lot. She was strong and smart and not afraid to speak her mind. She is probably a little bit too modern for the time period, but I don’t really care about things like that. She gets herself in stupid situations by disobeying orders, but that is to be expected. She is supposed to lie low, but she doesn’t really know how to do that.
I LOVE her interactions with Mr. Easton. This book actually totally reminded me of a regency romance novel, without all the steamy scenes. This is the first in a series, and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book. I just read somewhere that it is to be a trilogy. Yippee!! I love knowing there are more books to come, but also that there is a definite end in sight. The second book is called The Body at the Tower and comes out in England in September (hopefully here too!).
P.S. Aren’t the UK covers much better!!