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The Traitor In The Tunnel (The Agency #3)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  3,660 ratings  ·  437 reviews
Get steeped in suspense, romance, and high Victorian intrigue as Mary goes undercover at Buckingham Palace - and learns a startling secret at the Tower of London.
ebook, 371 pages
Published 2012 by Candlewick Press
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Okay, this is going to be short because really there are only a few things I want to say about this novel.

1. I loved it. Really, really loved it.
Mary confronts the skeletons in her closet . The book takes a somber look at the people who sire us and how their mortality and morality affect us. This gives Mary new depths and she evolves much more as a character.
2. The kisses are smoking hot. My toes curled multiple times. It’s quite a feat since I wasn’t even the one being kissed.
3. Lee’s portr
This book was absolutely wonderful! There was sooo much you didn't expect. Leave it up to Y.S. Lee to make it a suspenceful yet funny Victorian novel. She put it the right amount of detail in the book. Enough to let you get the main idea of where the characters are and what they are doing, but not so much to bore you to death. It was so good I couldn't put it down until 2:43 am (I could have stayed up longer- but unfortunatly, I had school in a few hours). Something that I enjoy in all of Y.S. L ...more
I have, honestly, never come across a couple in a book more adorable and perfect together than Mary and James.

Y.S. Lee, THANK YOU, for giving us these two, especially James!

P.S - Queen Victoria is SUCH a badass in this book! :D
This is a young adult novel I was granted access to through Netgalley – with thanks to them. It is the third book in a series, but the only problem with that is that I want very much to read the first books and don't have them yet. (This also appears to be called The Traitor and the Tunnel - for the original Canadian edition, perhaps?)

Mary Quinn is undercover. She is twenty years old, and a part of an extraordinary intelligence agency, and posing as a maid in Queen Victoria's household. And I mu
Sep 20, 2011 Dulcinea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
You should have seen my face when this book came in the mail, it was probably Facebook worthy!!
When I first started reading the book I was starting to feel a little let down, so I put it down and thought, what was missing? It was only then that I realized that my anticipation for this book had been building up for over a year, so I had envisioned some almighty holy grail-esque shining novel in which I would hear a choir singing whenever I turned a page. And that I shouldn't start the book think
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Three and a half stars: A book with a little something for everyone: mystery, romance, history and thrills.

Mary Quinn is working undercover on her first real assignment. She is posing as a parlor maid in Buckingham Palace. Mary in actuality is a secret agent working for an agency that employs all women spies/ detectives. Mary is sent to the palace to try and track down a thief. Someone is stealing small artifacts from the palace. While performing her daily duties, Mary unwittingly stumbles acro
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

**WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE AGENCY SERIES. If you have not read books 1 & 2, and you wish to stay unspoiled, look away now! You have been warned.**

After the events of The Body at the Tower, Mary Quinn finds herself a full graduate of the Academy and an official operative of The Agency. Her first official assignment, however, is the somewhat disappointing mission to d
The Traitor in the Tunnel is by far the best installment of The Agency series; with the character introductions and early foundation cases out of the way, Mary finally (literally) moves onwards and upwards - in the world and as an agent of The Agency - faces her past and hitherto mysterious Chinese heritage and really makes some serious relationship progress with former beau (of sorts) James Easton. Hurrah.

Nothing could have prepared me for how much I enjoyed the change of scenery - we depart fr
Okay, this review will be short but let me just some this book up first in three words: fun, addicting, and fabulous.

I absolutely loved the new setting in this one. We went from the absolute lows of Victorian society (the poor and the hardworking who live in shoddy housing and unhygienic places) to the utmost of highs (the ruling royalty). It was so fun seeing how she portrayed everyone from the well-meaning, sharp, but also caring queen to the ineffective, cowardly, and lazy ponce of a prince.
Oh my god!! It is rare that I find a series that sucks me in the way that Y.S. Lee's Agency series has. It is even rarer when every book in a series gets a 5-Star ranking from me, but that is what happened with these historical mysteries.

For those of you who are unaware, The Agency is a young adult historical mystery series that tells of the adventures of Mary Quinn. Mary is a former street thief who was saved from execution/transportation and given the opportunity to be educated at a charity sc
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
So far this is my favorite book in the series. Of course this is the natural thing for most series because the characters and the world setting is mostly done in the first book. So we already have the established characters and just get to focus more on the plot of the story, which is a new mystery for Mary to solve.
This time the characters involved may be closer to Mary than she would have ever thought. It not only develops a story within the Royal court at Buckingham Palace, but one that leads
This series continues to be entertaining with well-developed characters and excellent plots. The mystery in this one, the thefts from the palace and the lurking about in the tunnels, is somewhat secondary to Mary's personal mysteries and actions. Not that that is bad, it's just that solving the mystery isn't central to the story, although it is the central story.
Without going into much detail, I loved how this one ended. I would have liked Mary to get to know more about her heritage and why thin
Carla *Jen7waters*
Ah, Ying…you are amazing. If I could give you a big hug right now, I would, I would also look like a crazy person/creepy stalker, but it would be worth it, because you just wrote the most PERFECT third book in a series of this kind, and I'm so happy I can finally give my beloved Mary Quinn a 5 star rating! SO HAPPY!

In this third book, Mary is working as a maid at the Buckingham Palace, undercover, of course, for the Agency. Some objects have gone missing, suggesting there's a thief among the sta
Margaret H.
This book made me laugh out loud, it made me flip pages frantically to find out WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT, it made me sigh soulfully over perfect romantic scenes, it made me cry, it was-- in short-- a Mary Quinn book. The mystery here is a little less tightly-plotted than the others have been, as the two disparate threads Mary is investigating never coalesce into a larger, joined problem and the payoff in each-- since neither has been the specific focus-- is therefore lessened. But Mary's emotional ...more
Ramya Rajesh
The Traitor in the Tunnel is an AMAZING book by Y.S. Lee, a trilogy to the Mary Quinn series, that's situated in Victorian London. The book has an intricate plot about Mary Quinn,an orphan who has had an interesting past from a distinct family tree and a creative criminal record. Mary Quinn somehow survived her death sentence, through a kind benefactor and now has blossomed to do something big. In this book, she serves as chambermaid in Buckingham Palace, to investigate where some of the Queen's ...more
I'm still enjoying the heck out of the Mary Quinn mysteries. Things are moving forward in her relationship with James Easton - because every good teen series should have some romance - & a bit more information comes out about Mary's background & family. The experience of being Chinese (or any other minority, for that matter) in Victorian England is a very interesting aspect of the series, & one that could open a good conversation about how far we've come with racial prejudice (or not ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

An excellent finale to "The Agency" trilogy. Mary Quinn's character has grown from a rag-tag orphan thief to a young woman now ready to live independently in a world where men usually have the upperhand. This was a fun case all-round, which has Mary playing parlour maid inside Buckingham Palace to rout out who has been stealing odd pieces of ornamentation, all to no avail. However when she thinks the case is not going to go any further, the details of the m
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Y’all, historical mysteries are one of my favorite genres. The Agency series by Y.S. Lee definitely delivers – I love these books! The Traitor in the Tunnel is easily the best yet.

Mary Quinn, working for the shadowy female Agency, is undercover at Queen Victoria’s palace as a maid. Some petty thefts have been going on, and Mary is hoping to figure out who is behind them. Then things get complicated. Extremely complicated. The prince witnesses a murder – and the accused murderer just might be som
jillian nessie
This is very likely the best of The Agency series so far. Certainly better than the second, which wasn't quite so good as the first, though it's a bit harder to remember that one, as it's been a good year or more since I read it (but I do have some vague recollections of a mystery gone horribly awry). I enjoyed the writing, the story was excellent, and I have a notion that the setting was perhaps a bit better done the others. Also, the addition of Mary's father didn't go amuck.

So overall, quite
☞Proud☜ ☺✌Bookworm☮♪
OH. MY. GOD. This book was perfection. When I saw that it was set in Queen Victoria's flipping palace, I automatically had a premonition that it was gonna be awesome, and once I started reading, there was no stopping the amazingness! I...I just...if I pointed out everything that I liked about this book, it would take years, and I'm a bit pressed for time (as always =P), so I'll just say this: it was an absolute pleasure to read, and my heart's still soft after reading that last exchange between ...more
Jeretta Hall-Robinson
I absolutely loved this third book in the series. As a whole, I have loved this series and would actually like to read more about Mary Quinn, but I am unsure if she plans on writing anymore. This time, Mary goes undercover as a maid in the royal palace to uncover why some items have gone missing. But while trying to figure out this one mystery, she uncovers another...someone sneaking around in the underground tunnels of the palace. And a third dealing with her long-lost father. She ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

A lot is happening for Mary, both personally and professionally, in this latest installment. It opens with Mary on her first assignment as a fully trained Agent, even though the case - petty thefts at the palace - is a bit humdrum after the excitement of previous cases.

But then, while she's at the palace, this go awry for the Prince Bertie, and the case touches on Mary's on past. She also is left in a position of having to decide just how far she'll go to compromise herself to get information
After reading all three books of The Agency series, I have to say this has been my favorite.
Mary is yet again set to solve a mystery set in Buckingham Palace, and who else is there to cross her path? Why it was James Easton. The duo manages to keep out of the others toe for a time being but that was only momentary of course.

While trying to discover the main culprit to the case of missing pieces from the palace Mary stumbles on to something much more darker. A murder, and she is hell bound to fi
I think I can say it now : i'm in love with The Agency series and it might be one of my favorite series ! This third book was even better than the two first books !!!! I couldn't put it down and I read it in one sitting.
Once again I was so happy to be back in this world of spies, this victorian era, london...
This time this is completely different. At the beginning of the book Mary is already in a mission so we're right from the beginning into the action. And this is quite extraordinary there i
Steph Su
Whenever a new Agency novel by Y. S. Lee comes out, I always try to resist the temptation to devour it immediately, knowing that I will have to wait a while until the next book. I succeeded in resisting for all of approximately two weeks after I was approved for it on NetGalley. While, in my opinion, THE TRAITOR IN THE TUNNEL didn’t quite live up to how much I loved the first two Agency books, it is still a satisfying return to Lee’s Victorian London.

My biggest frustration with TRAITOR was that
I love love lovie loved it!
The full review will be posted on January 28 2012 both here and at my blog:

Mary Quinn returns in another intriguing novel overflowing with suspense, scandals and romance...

After nearly 2 years with the agency, Mary is allocated her first real assignment: to discover the culprit behind petty thefts in Buckingham Palace. Disguised as a domestic, Mary must work quietly and efficiently without alerting anyone of her true agenda. Unfort
This installment of YS Lee's excellent historical romance-mysteries is, in my opinion not quite as tightly plotted as the last two, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. If I could, it would get 3.5 stars. Mary is, as always, intelligent, courageous and impulsive. Her thoughts always take more of the center stage than the actual mystery, and in this one, the mysteries are numerous and a bit confusing. They don't end up being related, which was disappointing. And as for James...well, at the beginnin ...more
First Impression:
I loved the two books in this series, so I was eager to read another mystery involving the lovely Mary Quinn and her romantic interest James Easton, who seems to pop up every where she goes.

While Reading:
Mary is right in the thick of things again, this time working as a maid for the Queen herself. She's undercover, trying to discover who has been lifting objects from within the household. Unfortunately, the lack of gossip allowed is making it difficult for her to find any leads.
Jun 16, 2013 Dyuti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the kickass girls out there...
There is only one sentence to sum up all my feelings about this book:


I freaking LOVE every page of this series, and yes, trust me when I say that I'm quite a bit choosy when it comes to gushing about YA books...

But, this one has no stale romances packaged in glossy covers... It's got all the perfect spices for a thoroughly enjoyable read: a spunky & flawed heroine, a strong plot, a grand backdrop(Victorian London), and a really enjoyable romantic angle!

Also, this enigmatic lady has a kick-as
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Y S Lee was born in Singapore, raised in Vancouver and Toronto, and lived for a spell in England. As she completed her PhD in Victorian literature and culture, she began to research a story about a girl detective in 1850s London. The result was her debut novel, The Agency: A Spy in the House. This won the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s inaugural John Spray Mystery Award in 2011.

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"It's such a lovely face.”
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"And bickering."

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"Assuming I want to marry at all."

"True. I know of no good way of forcing you to do anything."

"And you're mad enough to think it could work - one day?"

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She trembled, then. "You have a very strange idea of heaven."

"Kiss me and see.”
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