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The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee
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Jun 27, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: girl-friendly, mystery, romance, historical, asian

Young Mary Quinn has become a fully-fledged Agent and is on her first case in Buckingham Palace. While Mary hunts a petty thief, a more serious problem erupts -- Bertie the Prince of Wales witnesses a murder, and the killer has a strange connection to her. Also, a sinister scheme is unfolding right under her nose that might threaten the Royal Family itself.

I liked this book in theory -- a female person of color solving mysteries in Victorian England! -- but the threads of the story didn't quite tie together for me. As the emotional groundwork for character relationships had already been laid in past volumes, the author takes shortcuts with it here. For example, Mary's romance with the sultry James seems to be shoehorned into the story awkwardly without much emotional weight. This book is a light, exciting read for historical fiction and mystery fans, but it's nothing special.

Recommended for fans of:
The Season
The Ruby in the Smoke
The Enola Holmes Mystery
Sorcery and Cecelia
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