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The Body at the Tower

Lee, Y. S. (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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As a nearly full-fledged member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit based in Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, Mary Quinn, disguised as a poor apprentice builder, must brave the sinister underworld of Victorian London in order to unmask a murderer.
Authors: Lee, Y. S. (Ying S.), 1974-
Title: The body at the tower
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 337 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Y.S. Lee
Notes: "A Mary Quinn mystery."
Summary: As a nearly full-fledged member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit based in Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, Mary Quinn, disguised as a poor apprentice builder, must brave the sinister underworld of Victorian London in order to unmask a murderer.
ISBN: 0763649686
9780763649685
Branch Call Number: y LEE 2010
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Victoria, 1837-1901 Juvenile fiction London (England) History 19th century Juvenile fiction Murder Juvenile fiction Orphans Juvenile fiction Sex role Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Topical Term: Murder
Orphans
Sex role
LCCN: 2010004645
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Aug 12, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The second novel in The Agency trilogy, this book was just as enjoyable as the first and I devoured it in nearly a single sitting. Mary is continues to be a fascinating character to explore and her sleuthing is good fun to follow. The Victorian era continues to be well-drawn and Lee provides excellent detail in describing the construction of St. Stephen's Tower (now Elizabeth Tower, home to dear old Big Ben) and the area around it. A continuation of the series that will thoroughly satisfy fans of the first book.

It wasn't as good as the first book, but it was still very suspenseful and had a lot of twists. Can't wait to read the next one!!!

Aug 07, 2012
  • agent391 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The mystery was fairly interesting, though the romantic subplot was kind of predictable. One of the most interesting parts for me was Mary's struggle with her race (her mother was English and her father was Chinese) in a time when anyone who wasn't white and male was considered inferior. It would have been neat if the author developed that a little further.
Still, a pretty good book.

Aug 01, 2012
  • Black_Panda_1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

not as good as the first bk. too much sudden sappiness, and not so much of mary's wits and clever comebacks. also didn't like the fact that james was sick. :(

Jun 19, 2012
  • julia_sedai rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked this one! This series is a quick, fun read. The only thing that bothers me is that it's set in the Victorian times, but the writer writes like a 21st century author. Generally, the character's speech is in the right time period, though. I liked in this book that James Easton was sick and vulnerable.

Mar 29, 2012
  • Thumpurr rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I love the time and idea's from this author, as well as the women empowered group within the 1500 London society. I would have loved to see more details, clues and mystery to this book. I recommend it for those in junior high 10-14 depending upon your reading level and interest in criminal/mystery novels. Enjoy!

Aug 09, 2011
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Second in The Agency series, featuring our heroine,Mary Quinn. The Body at the Tower involves a mysterious death at the parliament buildings and Big Ben in Victorian London. Mary is an excellent main character and we get to know more about her in this book. A third book is scheduled for release soon, and I can't wait!

Jan 02, 2011
  • lms rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

just as strong as the first.

Oct 16, 2010
  • Books_Luv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is just as amazing as the first. I can't wait for the next book! :P

Oct 07, 2010
  • Jess_library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The second book in The Agency series is just as good as the first. Mary's new assignment involves disguising herself as Mark Quinn and getting a job on a building site to investigate the death of one of the workers.

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

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Aug 07, 2012
  • agent391 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"I'm a criminal. A former thief."

Aug 07, 2012
  • agent391 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"I thought the point was to get to the top of the stairs. How else are you going to manage that?"
"I'll just have to try harder."
"Ooh, yes - sheer subborn stupidity should certainly carry the day."

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