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A Spy in the House: The Agency, Book 1

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Spunky heroine, but Victorian spy/love tale doesn't impress.

Book Y.S. Lee Mystery 2010
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A SPY IN THE HOUSE is more Victorian romance than mystery, with preposterous plot lines and a predictably spunky heroine. The Agency is described as elite, but nothing is revealed about what makes its detectives so special other than the fact that no one pays any attention to females and that women have better observational skills than men. Mary is quick-witted and throws a mean punch, but the premise is never developed, and the ridiculous plot resolutions detract from it. Readers who want romance or mystery might want to try Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes instead.

Book Details

  • Author: Y.S. Lee
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: March 9, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 335
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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