Monday, August 13, 2018

Book Review: The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y. S. Lee

The Traitor in the Tunnel
Author: Y. S. Lee
Series: The Agency (Book 3)
Publication: Candlewick Press (February 28, 2012)

Description: Get steeped in suspense, romance, and high Victorian intrigue as Mary goes undercover at Buckingham Palace — and learns a startling secret at the Tower of London.

Queen Victoria has a little problem: there’s a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency puts quickwitted Mary Quinn on the case, where she must pose as a domestic while fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales. But when the prince witnesses the murder of one of his friends in an opium den, the potential for scandal looms large. And Mary faces an even more unsettling possibility: the accused killer, a Chinese sailor imprisoned in the Tower of London, shares a name with her long-lost father. Meanwhile, engineer James Easton, Mary’s onetime paramour, is at work shoring up the sewers beneath the palace, where an unexpected
tunnel seems to be very much in use. Can Mary and James trust each other (and put their simmering feelings aside) long enough to solve the mystery and protect the Royal Family? Hoist on your waders
for Mary’s most personal case yet, where the stakes couldn’t be higher — and she has everything to lose.

My Thoughts: Mary begins this story by going undercover for Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace because small items are disappearing. Soon she is investigating a crime in an opium den that could be a major source of scandal for the Prince of Wales. Even more disturbing is that the accused killer might be Mary's long-lost father. Mary has successfully hidden her mixed heritage from everyone. No one knows that she is half Chinese.

Mary is also dealing with a new encounter with James Easton. They didn't part on good terms at the end of Mary's last adventure. Now, James has been tasked with repairing the sewers that run under Buckingham Palace which could allow thieves and assassins entry into the palace. Mary and James need to work together but their feelings could get in the way.

Mary is also dealing with issues at the Agency. The two managing partners have very different ideas of where the Agency should go in the future and Mary is torn between them.

This was another exciting historical mystery. I especially like that Mary is a complex person who has a wide variety of issues in her life. The action was fast-paced and the historical setting interesting. I can't wait to read more of Mary's adventures.

Favorite Quote:
"There's the odd story featuring the Prince of Wales -- but then again, when isn't there? I think that, ironically, that on'e been discounted because there are always stories about the royal family. For such a prim family, they do get dragged into the most outlandish rumors."

"The queen's predecessors - her uncles and grandfather - were a rich source of gossip, and most of it true," Mary remind him. "Perhaps it's just habit."

"Or wishful thinking."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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