Title: The Body at the Tower
Author: Y.S. Lee
Series: The Agency #2
Published: 2010 by Candlewick Press
Now nearly a full-fledged member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, Mary Quinn is back for another action-packed adventure. Disguised as a poor apprentice builder and a boy, she must brave the grimy underbelly of Victorian London – as well as childhood memories of fear, hunger, and constant want – to unmask the identity of a murderer. Assigned to monitor a building site on the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, Mary earns the confidence of the work crew, inching ever nearer her suspect. But if an irresistible desire to help the city’s needy doesn’t distract her and jeopardize her cover, unexpectedly meeting with an old friend – or flame – just might.
“The freedoms of being a boy, reflected Mary, were many.”
Another fantastically amazing adventure/mystery solved by the marvelous Mary Quinn!
The plot of this book was darker and more grim than the last one, but that made it more compelling. I love how Y.S. Lee refuses to hold back on the realistic details. She doesn’t romanticize historical London AT ALL. She makes it out to be the worst, dirtiest sounding city, which is pretty accurate for the time.
I am now completely obsessed with mysteries and James Easton.
The third book in the series has already come out, and I’m DYING to read it. :)
If you haven’t discovered this series yet, you must read them.
Content Warnings: Mild profanity and kissing