The Traitor in the Tunnel

The Traitor in the Tunnel

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"Queen Victoria has a problem: there's a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency assigns quick-witted Mary Quinn to the case. Posing as a domestic in the royal household and fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales are challenge enough, but when the prince witnesses a murder in an opium den -- and scandal threatens the royal family -- Mary learns that the accused killer may be someone very close to her."--p.4 of cover.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780763663445
Branch Call Number: LEE Y
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 07, 2018

Another fun and engaging installment in Lee's "The Agency" series! Recommended -- best to start with #1: A Spy in the House.

Mar 20, 2016

I think it's been too long since I picked up this series because although I literally inhaled this book since I borrowed it from the library yesterday, I didn't enjoy it as much. First, anything where royalty is involved just bores me; their generosity, their love for their people, ugh it chafes at me and I don't enjoy all the prostrations that it involves. Second, there wasn't much high tension in the story, for me at least. The resolution to the mystery kinda whimpered out at the end. And finally, whenever the previous two books were referenced or Mary had a flashback of them, they seemed more fun, and dangerous than what I was currently reading.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 07, 2015

Another solid installment in this YA Victorian mystery series. I thought the mystery itself in this one was a bit more interesting than in the previous too, if a bit too hastily wrapped up, and as always, the romantic subplot and rich historical detail were the true strengths of the book. These might not be the world's cleverest/most compelling mysteries, but they're fast, enjoyable reads, and Mary Quinn is a likable, intelligent, feminist protagonist. I recommend the whole series for historical fiction fans.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

I liked this book in theory -- a female person of color solving mysteries in Victorian England! -- but the threads of the story didn't quite tie together for me. As the emotional groundwork for character relationships had already been laid in past volumes, the author takes shortcuts with it here. For example, Mary's romance with the sultry James seems to be shoehorned into the story awkwardly without much emotional weight. This book is a light, exciting read for historical fiction and mystery fans, but it's nothing special.

IHeartReading247 Jun 13, 2013

I love this book!

Sep 07, 2012

This was a little too far-fetched in the romance side of things, and the spy action? Could have done with more. I preferred the first (somehow, I managed to read the first and third but not the second without realising it).

Aug 10, 2012

favorite of the series! can't wait for next book!

Jul 19, 2012

Plucky girl spy solves two mysteries in Victorian London while resolving steamy romance. Great story, but I didn’t realize that it was the third book – wish I’d started with book one.

Jul 05, 2012

Mary Quinn continues to thrill with her adventurous investigations, this time into petty thievery at the Queen's palace... until a plot to take down the monarchy reveals itself. Mary and James share exquisite sexual tension, while the question of her parentage is directly confronted in a stark, non-sappy manner. And Octavious Jones still hangs around, sure to cause trouble and/or intrigue in the next book, "Rivals in the City".

Jul 04, 2012

This one seemed even more unbelievable than the other two, but it was still pretty good. I kind of wish the series wasn't over, but it did have a good ending.

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Young Mary Quinn has become a fully-fledged Agent and is on her first case in Buckingham Palace. While Mary hunts a petty thief, a more serious problem erupts -- Bertie the Prince of Wales witnesses a murder, and the killer has a strange connection to her. Also, a sinister scheme is unfolding right under her nose that might threaten the Royal Family itself.


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