Select one of the keywords
The Traitor in the Tunnel: The Agency    by Y. S. Lee order for
Traitor in the Tunnel
by Y. S. Lee
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2016 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In this continuation of the The Agency series of novels, detective Mary Quinn is given the high profile assignment of going undercover at Buckingham Palace. What begins as a fairly simple job to try to discover who is pilfering some of the royal household's knickknacks quickly escalates to something far more serious that could change the course of British history.

Continuing her love/hate relationship with civil engineer James Easton, who was introduced in the series' debut, the duo will literally have to go underground to prevent an unspeakable event from creating a leadership vacuum in the country.

As she uncovers the plot to disrupt the country, Mary will get up close and personal with the royal family and the Prince of Wales in particular. Also, her on again, off again relationship with James will heat up considerably and there may be some major changes in the near future for this pair.

Although it muddied the plot more than was necessary, Mary also discovers more about her own past and family, plus a major issue concerning her father is resolved.

All in all, this is one of the better stories in the series and it promises that perhaps there are even more interesting and exciting days ahead. If you read A Spy in the House or The Body at the Tower, you'll certainly want to follow up with The Traitor in the Tunnel. If you enjoy atmospheric mysteries with a decided Victorian bent set in London, you'll want to learn a lot more about The Agency and its top sleuth, Mary Quinn.

Note: this is listed as young adult literature but older readers will find this a very entertaining and worthwhile series.

Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.

Find more Teens books on our Shelves or in our book Reviews