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Download The Body at the Tower: The Agency, Book 2 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Body at the Tower: The Agency, Book 2 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Y. S. Lee
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,522 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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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 up with an old friend - or flame - just might.

A suspenseful and evocative window into a fascinating moment in history, The Body at the Tower is the much-anticipated second outing with a daring young detective.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Griggs | 2/18/2014

    " I absolutely love this series. The Mary Quinn mysteries are always fun, interesting, and feature some delicious chemistry between Mary and a certain Mr. Easton. I love how Mary's background influences her reactions and decisions since joining The Agency, and I cannot wait for the next book to see if Mary is finally a full-fledged agent, and what mystery she'll get herself mixed up in next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/4/2014

    " I am so in love with this series!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiela | 1/31/2014

    " I really do enjoy this historical mystery series set in Victorian London. These past two books always had the ability to transport me back in time and experience the sights, sounds and (smelly)smells that our Queen's country had to offer. The mix of history, innocent romance and mystery were always well balanced and I fell in love with the characters. I will be eagerly anticipating the third installation in this trilogy and hoping against hope for more from this Canadian author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Hanke | 1/21/2014

    " Y.S. Lee followed her first book within The Agency series with a second of equal enjoyment. This time Mary finds herself masquerading as a young boy in the middle of one of London's most nefarious construction sites. Lore and legend surrounds the site, and Mary finds herself involved after lore and legend become suspected murder. Woven into the tale are further encounters with James, an intriguing character from the first book and her Chinese Ancestry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2014

    " While the second installment was good, I preferred the first in this series. Why? Because James didn't show up until page 140. The banter and relationship between the two main characters is a big part of what drives the story for me. Since half the book omitted this relationship, I also spent half the book waiting for it to come into play. Once he joined the rest of the characters in this novel, magic happened and I was back into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Farrell | 1/10/2014

    " Terrific & fun read! Can't wait for the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/10/2014

    " It took me longer to get into this one than the first Agency novel. Main character Mary Quinn was less interesting. Her spying and reports were still fun, as was the constant danger, but I think they could've been punched up even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Nichols Cook | 1/6/2014

    " Another really gripping read :) Loved it !!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kagama-the Literaturevixen | 12/27/2013

    " A fine example of a wallpaper-historical book. I would love to explain what a wallpaper-historical is butSmart Bitches,Trashy Books does a much better job of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 12/9/2013

    " Very witty and James is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dariya | 11/10/2013

    " "A well rounded sequel.... can't wait for the 3rd with the hope that the romance between Mary and James progresses!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamsyn | 9/9/2013

    " The second book of this historical fiction mystery revolves around a death during the final stages of construction of Big Ben, and Mary goes undercover as a boy working on the site. Looking forward to the last one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 6/24/2013

    " I've fallen in love with this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/29/2013

    " Didn't enjoy this as much as the first novel. The Body at the Tower was a solid sequel but the plot was dull at times and I found myself annoyed by how slow it moved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/17/2013

    " Returning to her boy guise, Mary is supposed to help figure out why the construction of the Parliament building is taking so long to finish. Throw in again with James, newly returned from India and weakened by malaria, they must solve the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 11/22/2011

    " I love this series. The mystery and the characters. I lo the setting and all of the views of the social classes. I can't wait to read the next one. I really want to know what happens between Mary and James. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 9/17/2011

    " good light mystery for teens. Book 2 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassi (is secretly listening to Heidi SHHH) | 5/4/2011

    " Enjoyed this. Had a lot of James in it & he always amuses me. Did not like the audiobook narrator.

    Will try to write an actual review later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/24/2011

    " I read the first and listened to the second one and find this an enjoyable series both ways. The mystery itself and Mary's sleuthing is not as compelling in this one but we get more of her relationship with James which is. I will definitely continue to follow the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tan | 4/24/2011

    " Another great mystery with Mary Quinn. I think I shall miss her greatly as I await book 3! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/14/2011

    " I am so mad that I have to wait almost a year for the sequel. Someone please send me the U.K. edition or an ARC! :) "

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

    " I am so in love with this series!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karthy | 4/5/2011

    " Even better than the first book in the trilogy.
    The dynamic and character development between George Easton and Mary Quinn are even better than the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 3/17/2011

    " Loved these books so fun and a quick read cant wait for the third book in August
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mollie | 2/27/2011

    " It took me a bit to get into this one, but when I did, I couldn't wait to get to the end! Another fascinating mystery that brings the London of the 1860s to life (I felt like I could actually smell it the way Lee describes). I can't wait to read the next installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 2/23/2011

    " Another excellent mystery that kept me guessing. The Victorian era details add to the authenticity of the story. I'm anxious to read the next installment. "

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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 two 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 recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.