Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady's companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.
But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue and packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, this breezy mystery — the first in The Agency series — follows Mary as she lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.
"Mary finds herself forced to partner with James, the brother of her young charge’s suitor, who has suspicions about the family.... The descriptions of a crowded, smelly and unsanitary city are both well-drawn and important plot elements, as are the mores of Victorian life. Most intriguing is the unusual ethnic heritage Mary strives to conceal, which adds a fresh dimension." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Publication Date||Feb 8, 2011|
|Series Name||The Agency|