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The Agency: A Spy in the House (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Agency series.

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This historical mystery series takes place in the mid-1800's. The Agency collects a young offender, who is doomed to the gallows, and trains her to become a spy - in broad daylight! As a maid, or Lady's Companion, such "invisible" people become the perfect spies. But, it's dangerous work as invisible people can be disposed of without a thought. Great series! 

— Jamie


Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn found herself at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, the cover for an all-female investigative unit called the Agency. Now seventeen, Mary must put her training to the test. Disguised as a lady’s companion, she infiltrates a merchant’s home in hopes of finding clues to the whereabouts of his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of deceptions, and there is no one to trust. . . . Or is there? Packed with suspense and evoking gritty Victorian backstreets, this breezy mystery marks the debut of a detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763687489
ISBN-10: 0763687480
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: The Agency