Mary Quinn is back and now she’s a full member of The Agency: a group of undercover lady detectives posing as a boarding school. This time Mary is undercover and switching genders as she poses as an apprentice builder and a boy to uncover a mystery at a clock tower, but her focus is pulled towards helping the impoverished workers she meets and by a reunion with an old friend.
This second outing is even better than the first. Mary is a strong female hero that gals and guys alike can root for. Li does a great job of bringing the grit and grime of turn of the century London to thrilling, sooty life. The mystery is compelling and will keep readers hooked and the romantic subplot is as sharp as in the first book. This really is a satisfying series for fans of mysteries or historical fiction. You won’t HAVE to read the first book A Spy in the House to keep up with this one, but it is a really good read too so you might as well.