Y’all, historical mysteries are one of my favorite genres. The Agency series by Y.S. Lee definitely delivers – I love these books! The Traitor in the Tunnel is easily the best yet.
Mary Quinn, working for the shadowy female Agency, is undercover at Queen Victoria’s palace as a maid. Some petty thefts have been going on, and Mary is hoping to figure out who is behind them. Then things get complicated. Extremely complicated. The prince witnesses a murder – and the accused murderer just might be someone important from Mary’s past. Then, James Easton turns up working for the palace as well. He is hoping to shore up the sewer system. Can the two of them manage to work together, given their history?
Oh, the chemistry. Mary and James together are so dynamic and full of sparkage. The first two books were great, but their relationship really comes to a head in The Traitor in the Tunnel. I absolutely adore the way Y.S. Lee has written their romance. I’m thrilled that there is going to be a fourth book – they need that extra room for some further development. I can’t wait!
So, both mysteries going on in The Traitor in the Tunnel are fabulous. The accused murderer is Chinese, possibly very important to Mary’s history and extremely difficult to carry on a conversation with. How on Earth will Mary manage to figure out exactly who he is?
When some mysterious happenings are afoot in the tunnels – can Mary and James figure out who is behind them and why?
Mystery! Intrigue! Suspense! The Traitor in the Tunnel delivers on all fronts.
Also y’all, Queen Victoria makes an excellent cameo towards the end of the story. She manages to be both hilarious and bad ass. I loved the role Y.S. Lee gave her.
Basically, this is a definite must-read if you have read the first two books in the series. Otherwise – start from the beginning and experience the awesome! Mary Quinn is an awesome character and a great detective. I can’t get enough of the intrigues she finds herself in. I also can’t get enough of her growing romance with James Easton!
Definitely a series worth reading! Trust me.