The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee

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.

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  • Christina T February 15, 2012, 5:32 am

    I can’t wait to read this book. I am hoping to start it in the next couple of weeks. I have become a big fan of Y.S. Lee too. I am glad to hear that you found this to be the best in the series yet.
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  • Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf February 15, 2012, 10:16 am

    I read the first one of the Mary Quinn books last month, and I cannot wait until I get the chance to read the second one, and I need to do it fast because this one sounds AMAZING!! Great Review!

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  • Andrea February 15, 2012, 11:16 am

    I haven’t read this series, but I started hearing about it a few weeks ago from another blogger. These sound amazing! I love historical fiction and add some mystery to it, I feel like I will be hooked. Amazing review, I will be running to check out the other two in the series now!
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  • Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase February 15, 2012, 4:46 pm

    I’m normally not very drawn to historical fiction, but I love mysteries and this one has got a fabulous cover! And your review made me want to go out and get the first book in the series right now! I’ve added A Spy in the House to my TBR list, but I may just have to see if I can find it for my Kindle! Great review!
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  • Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) February 15, 2012, 10:47 pm

    Okay, I’ve never been the hugest fan of mysteries, but I have to admit that lately I’ve been wondering about this series. It looks rather awesome. Plus history and mystery rhyme, so that’s an added bonus.

    I’m thinking of maybe giving this series a go sometime in the not-too-distant future. Those covers are a riot!
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  • Cialina February 17, 2012, 9:54 am

    I couldn’t agree more! I honestly wish this series was more popular because it is just so awesome. YS Lee deserves a lot more credit than she gets! I’m always happy to see others love her books as much as I do.

    I can’t wait for book four!

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  • Misty February 20, 2012, 3:01 pm

    I have the first book in this series, but somehow I always seem to forget that. And then I’ll be going through things on my bookshelves, or sorting my Goodreads, and I’ll come across it and think, Why haven’t I read that yet?
    Fail.
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