Book Review – Y S Lee’s A Spy in the House
The Oak Tree Book Club awards A Spy in the House 2 acorns
The Book Blurb (taken from Google Books)
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.
We found this book very easy to read, and gentle in it’s pace. Exploring themes of self discovery, as well as the discovery of a culprit. With a protagonist of only seventeen; we felt this book fell nicely into the Young Adult category. However, Lee managed to side step a few of the Young Adult cliches.
The story moves at a sedate pace, and although we didn’t dislike the read, we didn’t find it especially gripping for a mystery. It would perhaps be more comfortable on the shelf along with the Famous Five, rather than the Da Vinci Code.
Next up we’ll be reading Tom Holt’s Grail Blazers.
We’d love to know what you think. have you read it? Would you like too?