The Body at the Tower

The Body at the Tower

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780763649685
0763649686
Branch Call Number: FIC/LEE
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 22 cm.

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kathleen_DCL Oct 02, 2017

The second book in The Agency series is a great continuation of Mary Quinn's adventures as a spy in Victorian England. Y.S. Lee does a great job giving a glimpse into what life for a young woman is like while taking us into a fictitious escape. Love this series!

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Lexi4770
Jul 08, 2017

I love this series it is a good introduction to mystery novels and has a strong female lead. Read it so many times!

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Sharonzy
May 29, 2015

I love this series!!

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marthabwaters
May 27, 2015

The second volume in The Agency series, this is another solid YA mystery. While Lee continues to struggle to make the mystery itself the most compelling, she excels at bringing the Victorian era to life, and the numerous details of working class life in the 1850s are both interesting and well-drawn. The slowly developing romantic subplot is a satisfying one, and I look forward to reading more about Mary's struggles to cope with her half-Chinese identity in future installments.

violet_jay_25 Sep 17, 2014

Great mystery, great romance, this book is totally underrated. TOTALLY UNDERRATED, YOU HEAR ME? READ IT! Honestly, it may not be a Harry Potter, but it's nearly as good.

bwortman Aug 12, 2013

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.

soccergirl8 Jul 03, 2013

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!!!

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agent391
Aug 07, 2012

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.

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Black_Panda_1
Aug 01, 2012

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. :(

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julia_sedai
Jun 19, 2012

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.

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Aug 07, 2012

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

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agent391
Aug 07, 2012

"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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