Reading about history can be fun when a little mystery is thrown in. Historical fictions are great for this. In The Agency 3: The Traitor in the Tunnel, Y.S. Lee brings the reader into Victorian England right into Queen Victoria's home where a young woman is assigned to find a thief. In the process, she finds much more.
Mary Quinn is part of a unique group called The Agency. It is an undercover detective organization that uses women to solve crimes and discover the truth. They see the benefits of placing an agent as a parlor maid in the palace to find out who is stealing small items from one particular room. Mary is chosen to work in the palace, but she gets more than she bargained for. She has to ward off unwanted advances from royalty, eavesdrop around corners, get chewed out by the housekeeper on a regular basis, lie to the man she loves, avoid the men she don't, and discover if a murder is related to her. All of this has to be done between dusting and polishing the silver.
This was a very interesting read and something that I highly recommend if you want to relax and just enjoy a good story. A little history, a little romance, a little intrigue, and a little murder can keep you reading until the last page is turned.
You won't find a lot of historical facts in this book. You do see the royal family and how they might have acted out of the public eye. You do see the character of Queen Victoria that we have read so much about. You do read a little about the different areas of London and the period of English and Chinese tension. Other than that, everything is fiction.
Looking for a book to read to take your mind off the day and not have to think hard of what you are reading? This is a great book for that. I call these mindless books. This is not meant as an insult. It just means that as a reader I don't have to look up words in a dictionary, read boring academic chapters, or spend weeks trying to finish it. It can easily be read in a day or two and is one of those books to read on the beach or on a trip.
Check this book out. It will be released in February 2012.
Note: This book was provided by the publisher upon my request.