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The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency Series #3)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Victorian England comes alive again with Y.S Lee’s third novel in THE AGENCY series. Lee has a terrific knack of combining intrigue, romance, and mystery with the strong female character, Mary Quinn... Girls of all ages will enjoy the fast pace, the twisting plot, and most of all, the romance that awaits them.
—VOYA

Lee, as ever, paints an evocative picture of London life... Mary makes for a bold heroine (sometimes too bold for her own good), and her fans will want to find out how it all ends.
—Booklist

VOYA - Lona Trulove
Victorian England comes alive again with Y.S Lee's third novel in The Agency series. Lee has a terrific knack of combining intrigue, romance, and mystery with the strong female character, Mary Quinn. Mary could be a modern-day young woman with her determination, intelligence, and strong will. The Traitor In The Tunnel finds Mary on a mission to stop a petty thief at Buckingham Palace, but the plot quickly thickens when Mary finds herself having to fight off the affections of the Prince of Wales, as well as having to find out the true identity of an accused killer. As with all of Lee's Agency novels, there is a bit of history sprinkled in. Readers are introduced to historical figures Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales; they learn about the prejudice against the Chinese at that time; and they discover some facts about Buckingham Palace. Girls of all ages will enjoy the fast pace, the twisting plot, and most of all, the romance that awaits them in The Traitor In The Tunnel. This is a great way to get young girls interested in Victorian England while letting them escape with a strong heroine at the helm. This would be a fun read for book clubs, or small groups of students in classrooms to read together and discuss. Reviewer: Lona Trulove
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Mary Quinn is a young sleuth living in the 18th century. She's received special training from the agency that rescued her from the life of crime that she resorted to in order to survive. Her mission this time is simple enough: go undercover working as a maid at Buckingham Palace in order to determine who has been stealing from the queen. Mary's uncanny ability to move through the palace undetected helps her to uncover an even bigger crime. It seems that there may be a huge scandal that involves the young prince. Additionally, the same scandal may involve Mary's long estranged father! The suspense builds in this intriguing and well-written novel. Mary is an intuitive and intelligent character who is extremely likeable. Behind her strong exterior is a very empathetic human being who struggles in making difficult decisions. Will Mary be able to overlook her personal involvement, control her emotions, and solve the crime for which she was hired? Could she possibly diffuse the even bigger scandal that is brewing? Or will her cover be blown and, as a result, will innocent people be hurt by her actions and moments of self-doubt? Readers will anxiously turn the pages eager to uncover the answers. This is the third installment of "The Agency" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763653163
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Agency Series , #3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 786,087
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Y. S. Lee was born in Singapore but brought up in Canada. She has also lived briefly in the United Kingdom. An academic with a PhD in Victorian literature and culture, she wrote Masculinity and the English Working Class in Victorian Autobiography and Fiction. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    So far this is my favorite book in the series. Of course this is

    So far this is my favorite book in the series. Of course this is the natural thing for most series because the characters and the world setting is mostly done in the first book. So we already have the established characters and just get to focus more on the plot of the story, which is a new mystery for Mary to solve.
    This time the characters involved may be closer to Mary than she would have ever thought. It not only develops a story within the Royal court at Buckingham Palace, but one that leads to her own past and could possible answer questions about her life.
    The suspense is knocked up a bit with a little more speed and urgency to keep the pacing as well as the combination of different questions she is trying to get answered leads to more than just one mystery to be solved. There is just a short introduction to set the setting of this mystery and some of the clues to what Mary will be looking for, with a twist.
    Mary is a strong lead character, very intelligent and brave. She is forced to accept some things in her personal life and grows up a lot emotionally. She is a lot more admirable person that I would have been in her place.
    There is also the romance factor, very cute and light. I give this one 4 stars

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    A good finale I have enjoyed this series. (I wonder if the autho

    A good finale
    I have enjoyed this series. (I wonder if the author will now follow these characters in their new "configuration"?)
    I found the tensions that the main character lives with between her gender, ethnicity, clandestine work, and possible romance quite engaging and plausible.
    As usual, dangers are there and get critical. Mary is even to the point where she must give a secret password to insure being taken seriously in order to protect numerous lives.
    The romance tends to get a bit heavy-handed towards the end, but when taken with a grain of amusement, it works.
    A good read. I must look into more works by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Excellent Victorian Mystery!

    I really enjoyed this story just as I'd enjoyed the rest of this series. Strong female character and a well written plot. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Fantastic!

    What a wonderful read. I read all three books in the series and thoroughly enjoyed each one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Very good series!!!!!

    Number 4 just came out! I can't wait for Barnes and Nobel to have it!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Blossompaw

    Steals the ribs.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Moonscar

    Did somebody say tamale?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Bunneh and Fin

    ~|•|~Finpaw~|•|~ "NOM NOM NOM. Hey look, ribs." ()Bunnehpaw() "I wan' 'em. ~|•|~Finpaw~|•|~ "No. Dey're mine." ()Bunnehpaw() Reaches out for them. ~|•|~Finpaw~|•|~ His eyes turn red and he bursts into flames. "MIIIINE!" Runs away.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    FREE BUFFET

    Cookies, candy, pizza, chocolate, cake, soda, steak, tortillas, tamales, crackers, cheese, buffalo wings, and....fresh kill.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    <3

    BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD ? Y?S?LEE IS A FINOMINAL AUTHOR SHE COMBINED MYSTERY , SUSPENSE AND A HINT OF ROMANCE LOVE IT

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Another Great Read.

    I really enjoyed the four stories to make one story. Very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Review of the best series

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    I cant wait for the next one, there better be a next one!!!

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