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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Y. S. Lee Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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In Victorian England, orphan Mary Quinn lives on the edge. Sentenced as a thief at the age of 12, she's rescued from the gallows by a woman posing as a prison warden. In her new home, Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, Mary acquires a singular education, fine manners, and a surprising opportunity.

The school is a cover for the Agency - an elite, top secret corps of female investigators with a reputation for results - and at 17, Mary's about to join their ranks. With London all but paralyzed by a noxious heat wave, Mary must work fast in the guise of lady's companion to infiltrate a rich merchant's home with hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the Thorold household is full of dangerous secrets, and people are not what they seem - least of all Mary.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/19/2014

    " Love it!! On to the next one :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CeCe | 2/16/2014

    " A few plot points seemed out of place, a few alibis and cover stories loose, but otherwise a very engaging mystery. As far as romance goes...in its effort to not be cliche (a term that comes up quite a bit in the book), it left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied. I always hunger for more in the lovey-dovey department. Still...the ending seemed fitting, if nothing else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janene | 2/13/2014

    " It was fun with a little suspense and little love story. I always enjoy a book when the main character has so many admirable characteristics. It usually means the book will be "clean" as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/2/2014

    " Fairly entertaining. I liked the premise and it was carried out fairly well. I think it's more interesting for setting and period rather than the mystery, which I didn't think was really gripping. But I enjoyed it. I also thought that the author was a bit too heavy-handed on the message of "women back then didn't have many options," and that the main character, despite her rough childhood, used mild expletives a bit often for believability's sake in the time period. Even so, worthy effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annamaria | 1/27/2014

    " this is a great YA/crossover novel for Victorian mystery lovers. Mary is a funny and feisty character--brings up issues of women and roles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is a mystery, so it kept me guessing the whole time which is what makes a book great. I love the main character Mary Quinn and how she portrays women in the Victorian era. I can't wait to read more of Mary Quinn's adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/12/2014

    " A great read that interweaves mystery, adventure, and a touch of romance--would be excellent for some tweens and teens. Well-written with an appealing, intelligent heroine and an exciting plot. I am looking forward to the next installment in what is supposed to be a trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liv | 12/9/2013

    " Super Freaking Sweet with a side of Awesome Sauce! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey Richards | 12/2/2013

    " I was a good book LOVED the character Mary and James. I also loved all the mystery. Must Read book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Mcclelland | 10/16/2013

    " Great mystery with historical elements. Takes place around 1900's. If Alex Rider were a girl living in Victorian times this is what would happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charmaine Puzey | 6/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. 18th century England with a twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warnie B. | 8/23/2012

    " I really liked this one a lot--so much fun! Great interactions between the main characters, and a really interesting premise. I'll definitely be reading the next book as soon as I can. Luckily it comes out next week--ha! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/10/2012

    " This new Victorian era mystery series is a lot of fun. Mary is spunky and smart, and the romance angle is good. I also like how there's a look at class and race in Victorian society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 4/14/2012

    " Mary had a hard life growing up and she ends up about to die when she is saved and taken to a young ladies academy. She becomes and spy and has some very interesting adventures. :) I liked this book at lot and had a great time reading it. Can't wait till I get my hands on the second one. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/4/2011

    " Had to read this when I spotted it coming in! A very entertaining Victorian era historical novel with an unconventional heroine (have to read it to find out how) and not the expected endings. The banter between her and the romantic interest was great fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Osborn-bensaada | 7/27/2011

    " A nascent detective/spy organization for women in Victorian England. While maybe less than likely, Y.S. Lee provides a tantalizing story about what could have been possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daria | 5/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this Victorian mystery with a strong, sassy protagonist. There were a few plot points that might have been a bit too coincidental, but I will definitely be reading the next book to find out what Mary Quinn's next assignment will bring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/18/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's simple, predictable, but I found the character likable and I enjoyed the supporting cast. I look forward to the other books she is writing. It was a good break from the magic filled and paranormal fair I seem to be consuming lately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/3/2011

    " This historical teen mystery was prety good, but not amazing. I liked the characters well enough, but never really connected to any of them. I would recommend this book to teens, but I probably won't pick up the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 5/2/2011

    " 3.5 out of 5. Fun read, but expected more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 5/2/2011

    " My daughter and me both read this book very quickly. It is a great mystery with some great banter between Mary and James. It was easy to read and not too heavy. We are looking forward to reading the second in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 4/25/2011

    " 2.5 stars
    Points for the ending, which completely saved the book. It's rare that you read a YA mystery with such a clever mystery, albeit a boring one. I couldn't help wish the book was told from Angelica's point of view, & I would love to have read more about the academy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kassie | 4/25/2011

    " Good for teen club....will be considering it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss Ginny Tea | 4/16/2011

    " Obviously the start of a series, which is always a drawback for me on principle. Worse, it did some series things that I just don't like.

    Mary's "secret" wasn't all that hard to figure out, and I think it was handled well. "

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About the Author

Y. S. Lee was born in Singapore, raised in Canada, and lived for a period in London. She completed her PhD in Victorian literature and culture at Queen’s University, where she first began researching stories for her Agency series. In addition to writing, Y. S. like bitter chocolate, ashtanga yoga, and making her kids laugh. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.