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14 April 2015

Rivals in the City (The Agency #4)

Rivals in the City by YS Lee is the fourth book in her Agency historical mystery series featuring Mary Quinn.

It is 1860 in London and Mary Quinn finished her last assignment with the Agency nine months ago. She has started her own detective firm with James Easton and they are taking case.

She is approached by the head of the Agency about a case - a follow up to Mary's very first case. Mr. Thorold is serving a life sentence in prison and is ill. His wife fled England under suspicion and has not been heard from since. She may return to see him before he dies.

Mary is to chance an encounter with their daughter, Angelica, to whom she is a lady's companion (as she was disguised in her first case). If her mother is captured it will mean one less evil schemer on the streets.

Lee has created a wonderful series set in a fascinating time in history. Mary Quinn is a wonderful character who passes for English while learning more about her heritage and her Chinese father's past. Fans of the adult series Maisie Dobbs will love this younger heroine.

Lee, Y.S. (2014). Rivals in the City. New York: Candlewick Press.

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