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The Agency: A Spy in the House
The Agency: A Spy in the House | Y. S. Lee
29 posts | 33 read | 30 to read
Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment. Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn found herself at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, the cover for an all-female investigative unit called the Agency. Now seventeen, Mary must put her training to the test. Disguised as a lady’s companion, she infiltrates a merchant’s home in hopes of finding clues to the whereabouts of his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of deceptions, and there is no one to trust. . . . Or is there? Packed with suspense and evoking gritty Victorian backstreets, this breezy mystery marks the debut of a detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.
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casvelyn
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Finished 2 of 8 on vacation. Not too bad I don't think.

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Grrlbrarian
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So I went in to pick up the tagged book on hold for me.... #sorrynotsorry #LitsyProblems

GatheringBooks oh wow. the priory looks like a serious chunkster. 2mo
Addison_Reads That's an awesome TBR stack. 😍 2mo
Grrlbrarian It‘s a roach killer all right, @GatheringBooks - 804 pages plus appendices 2mo
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DaveGreen7777
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Another great #ManicMonday to start my week out right! Thanks, @JoScho 😀

📖 “A Spy in the House” by Y.S. Lee
🍿 “The House on Haunted Hill” (The Vincent Price version, not the 💩 remake with Geoffrey Rush!)
🎶 “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue (I can‘t help it, I‘m a child of the 80s!) 🙈

JoScho 💙🏡💙 3mo
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Shley9225
Mehso-so

I am usually a huge fan of historical fiction, and the idea of a covert girl spy in historical London sounded super awesome. And while the book ended up being okay, it didn‘t quite live up to my expectations. I just had trouble getting invested in the plot or characters. Regardless it was JUST good enough that I was willing to try the second book in the series

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Crewgurl
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Congrats on your milestones ladies! My top two tbr are A Spy in the House and Dread Nation (Ireland)! @Ingerella @Madamereginald #sistersgiveaway

Ingerella Thanks for entering! 1y
Crewgurl @Ingerella I entered days ago but spelled the hashtag incorrectly 😂 (edited) 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Mehso-so

Young woman becomes spy in Victorian London. Mary Quinn (16 years old) goes under cover for the first time. Somewhat slow pace and a lot of telling for the firt third of the book. It does pick up and rushes the end with the cliche vilain monologue. I‘m not sure I‘ll read the second book.

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writerlibrarian
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This book will be done by the time the 3rd period is over. 😀
🍁 and Sabres meet again.
#readingandlisteningtohockey

writerlibrarian Leafs are ahead 1-0. Sabres on PP tied the game. 1-1. Matthews puts the 🍁 ahead again. 2-1. Matts to Willy and goal. 3-1. Willy scores again. 4-1. Sabres shortens the lead with a PP goal. 4-2. Willy to Matts and goal. 5-2. (edited) 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Last game between these Metro rivals. Ovi and Sid going head to head. Almost done with Spy in the house. #readingandlisteningtohockey

writerlibrarian Puck drop in a few. Here we go. Oshie scores and gets the Caps on the board. 1-0. Pens on PP. No goal. Pens on PP then get a 5 on 3. Nothing. Then Horny was taken out along Wilson. Orlov scores right after they are out of the 📦 2-0 Caps. Not the 🐧 night. They trail 3-0 (edited) 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Saturday night is 🏒 night in 🇨🇦. Habs in Pittsburgh. Jets in Toronto. Probably will hop between the two. Spy in the House did pick up the pace. I'm at 50% and it's keeping me interested finally. #readingandwatchinghockey

P.S. Yeah, Crosby was howling after scoring in OT in Jersey earlier this week.

writerlibrarian Puck drop in a few m. A bad bounce goes the Habs ways but the 🐧 tie it right up. 1all. Pens on PP ... and... goal. 2-1. Back on PP. no goal. But Pens put one from behind the net. 3-1. Habs on PP score right at the end of the period. 3rd period is usually good for the Pens and... PP goal from Phil Kessel. And another PP for the 🐧 and GOAL. 5-2 Pens win and punch their ticket to the playoffs. (edited) 1y
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writerlibrarian
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🍁 can punch their ticket to the playoffs tonight. Let's hope the 🍁 play better than the 🐧 last night. YA book is interesting if a little bit slow paced. #readingandwatchinghockey

Melissa_J I had no idea the Leafs were playing tonight! 1y
MonikaS Go Leafs Go!!!! 1y
writerlibrarian @Melissa_J It's the Wednesday night SportNet game. 😁 1y
writerlibrarian Here we go. How good is Marner? So good.... 1-0 🍁 Auston had to get one too. His 30th. 2-0 🍁 Marleau from Marner and goal. 3-0 Huberdeau scores and even makes it DING 3-1 Huberdeau shaves the lead by one again. 3-2 JVR makes it 4-2. 🍁 win. (edited) 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Pens in Detroit. Started a new book and so far it's okay. #readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Puck drop. 35s in 1 nothing Pens. Sid hits the net again. Detroit ties the game. Pens are not playing well on the PK, Wings score on PP 2-1. Added another one. 3-1 . 4-1 Pens are playing horribly tonight. (edited) 1y
CarolynM Whoa! Love that picture of Sid!💗😋 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Alternating between Caps in NY and Buffalo Toronto. The 🍁 game is a bit boring and Ovi is on a tear to get to 50 goals so it's a bit more up tempo. This new book is YA spy historical (Victorian) combo. So far it's a look of telling and not much showing. #readingandlisteningtohockey

Susanita Go Caps! 1y
writerlibrarian Caps are demolishing the Rangers 4-0 👊🏻 Alex got a goal (45) and an assist. Not a bad 20 m. After 2 periods 🍁 finally grt on the board and are up ahead 2-1. 🍁 are down by 1. 🍁 lose. (edited) 1y
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sammisho
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Mehso-so

This was almost a pick, just didn't quite meet the mark. I never became invested in the MC, the case the mystery, or the romance. But I enjoyed the premise and idea of a women detective agency in the 1800s. I doubt I will ever pick up this series again.

Abby-J I listened to this one. I liked the plot, but there was something off about the writing. The subject matter was very YA, but the tone sounded mid-grade (if that makes sense). 1y
sammisho @Abby-J that makes perfect sense. I could quite put my finger on the problem, but I think you nailed it. 1y
DaveGreen7777 I totally agree with you, I gave this 3 out of 5 stars. The premise had such promised, but with Mary‘s time at the academy being completely glossed over, the completely one-dimensional supporting cast characters (especially Angelica), and a lot of “tell, don‘t show”), this one fell mostly flat for me. At least Mary‘s spirit and her amusing banter with James still made it worth reading for me. (edited) 10mo
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sammisho
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Does anyone else have a book light permanently clipped to their bed board? Told the hubby, it is just part of our bedroom decor now.

BookFreakOut This is some solid motivation for me to get a headboard! 1y
WarpedSweetness @BookFreakOut I know right?! 1y
suvata No, but it‘s a great idea 💡 1y
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BookwormAHN Mine is actually permanently curled over my headboard 😸 1y
CaliforniaCay This is genius! 1y
LoverofLit Mine is clipped to my nightstand! 1y
sammisho @LoverofLit Great Minds! 1y
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Verity
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Sunday night book: this is fresh off the tbr shelves after I finished the Mary Balogh. I‘ve heard good things about this so I‘m looking forward to it.

MarriedtoMrT I loved this one! 2y
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Jediash1
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This is a fun, quick read, a mystery set in Victorian London. Mary Quinn has to steal to survive after she's orphaned and is rescued from the gallows by Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. She later learns the school is a cover for an investigative organization called the Agency, and she is recruited as an undercover detective. I'd like to read more in this series!

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dastevensish
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Love when the library allows me to indulge my whims at a moment's notice. @WOCreads posted about this series the other day, and for some reason it sounded utterly perfect for my mood. I was utterly charmed by it, and definitely plan to spend more time Mary Quinn. Third book down for #boutofbooks but hope to finish another one or two this weekend. #readdiversebooks

WOCreads Yay, so happy you loved it!🙌 Isn't Mary great? Just finished book 2 myself. Eva's got the best recs 😊 2y
dastevensish @WOCreads You're pretty damn good with the recs yourself, as my wish list can attest! 😊 2y
WOCreads Heh thanks😘 I love your tbr piles! 2y
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brandymuses
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Day 14: Reader That I Love
Here are my two favorite readers with our Valentine tradition of books and cupcakes. (They pick out their books.) #17booklove

brownekr What a great tradition! I might have to adopt it for myself... 2y
brandymuses @brownekr My kids LOVE it. They start talking about it in January. 2y
Chachic Aww cuties! 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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November was one of those months when, looking back, I realised I didn't read any brilliant books. December will be better!

KellyK You had a much more productive November than I did... 😕for me but 🙂for you! 3y
ScorpioBookDreams @KellyK it just felt like a waste month. I could have been reading better books!! 3y
Sue Good work! Shame you didn't read anything you loved though :( 3y
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Linsy
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The only spy novel I've read recently. What I remember most clearly is the horrible smell of the Thames. This book was a fun escape, but it didn't make me want to go back in time. I'm glad I live in a now, when we don't just dump our sewage in the nearest river. #spynovels #photoadaynov16

Nebklvr I very much agree. Yech 3y
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Maririendome
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#photoadaynov16 #spynovels this serie is about Mary Quinn who was save by a secret agency of women spys and the difficulties of being a woman in the XIX century. I borrow this in the winter when i was sick and by mistake take the second book first and was a fun great read and love it.

Esta serie de libros se trata sobre Mary Quinn que es salvada por una agencia de espias mujeres y las dificultades de ser mujer en ek S XIX

@RealLifeReading

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Bookzombie
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#photoadaynov16 Day 22 As much as I love a spy movie, I can't find that I have read any spy books. 😳 This one has been on my TBR for awhile. I think I heard about it from a @bookriot podcast. #spynovels

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ScorpioBookDreams
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A bit late but here's my November #tbr pile. Trying to keep it reasonable this month!! #photoadaynov16

Cinfhen I LOVED To The Bright Edge Of The World, but it took me almost two weeks to read it! It's the kind of book, you need to take slow and savor. Hope you enjoy it 😊 3y
SarahKat84 I also have To the Bright Edge of the World on my TBR. Really loved her first book. Definitely a doorstopper. Just hope I can finish it before it's due back at the library 🤓 3y
Laura317 I listened to Vinegar Girl in audiobook. I thought it was cute. 3y
silentrequiem I loved the YS Lee series. 3y
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Abby-J
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The books in this historical YA mystery series are charming. The primary setting is an English prep school that secretly trains Victorian lady spies. It's kind of like Nancy Drew meets Harry Potter in costume drama. The main character is of mixed heritage (Irish and Chinese), and struggles with her racial identity and what it means in Victorian London. It's not fine literature, but it's entertaining in that Nancy Drew way. #booktober #school

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bookwrm526
Pickpick

A quick, fun YA mystery/adventure. I listened to it on audio and it flew by!

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bookwrm526
Pickpick

A quick, fun YA mystery/adventure. I listened to it on audio and it flew by!

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FoldedPagesDistillery
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Mehso-so

3/5 stars I think this is the perfect starter book for 14 and up interested in regency type spy and romance. I wanted more of the actual "spy" storyline in this, but otherwise found it to be one of those books that need to be judged as a series than individual books.

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Baileythebookworm
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Books about badass ladies as detectives and/or spies are like catnip for me. I devoured this one