The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower
Mary's second adventure as an undercover agent forces her to relive some harrowing childhood experiences as she seeks the identity of a murderer. Mary Quinn is back, now a trusted member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. Her new assignment sends her into the grimy underbelly of Victorian London dressed as a poor boy, evoking her own childhood memories of fear, hunger, and constant want. As she insinuates herself into the confidence of several persons of interest, she encounters others in desperate situations and struggles to make a difference without exposing -- or losing -- her identity. Mary's adventure, which takes place on the building site of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, offers a fictional window into a fascinating historical time and place.
- Hardback | 337 pages
- 155 x 219 x 30mm | 499g
- 10 Aug 2010
- Candlewick Press (MA)
About Y S Lee
Y. S. Lee was born in Singapore but brought up in Canada. She also lived briefly in the UK. An academic with a Ph.D. 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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Mary Quinn will take on her most challenging assignment for The Agency yet. She'll have to pose as a twelve-year-old boy looking for work at the construction site for the Houses of Parliament. A man fell from his death from the top of the tower, and no one can figure out more details. This assignment brings back memories from her old life, where she lived as a boy on the streets until the ladies rescued her. In order to replicate her persona, she will remain incognito throughout the mission. Under the circumstances, her emotional state remains fragile, nervous, and scared. However, she's determined to take on this assignment and see it through. On her first day as Mark, she makes two grave mistakes within minutes of arriving on site. She makes it known that she can read, which gives her an edge on most men. Mary's making a little progress on the case when Mr. James Easton appears - also on the case. It's been a year since she's seen him and he's changed drastically. When he doesn't seem to recognize her, she's not sure if she's happy or disappointed. Can Mary/Mark worm her way into the building crowd enough to uncover the truth about the man's death? Could it truly be an accident, or was it something more sinister? I ADORE this series; it's perfect historical fiction. Mary's a feisty girl, who along with the other strong females at The Agency, helps bring down the bad guys. Plus, there's the thrilling spy moments, the undercover scenes, the mystery which always leads to danger, and the sparks of romance. I can't wait to see how this trilogy ends. *Gold Star Award Winner!show moreby TeensReadToo