A Spy in the House: 3/5 Stars . From Goodreads: Rescued6/23/2021, 6:14:15 PM
A Spy in the House: 3/5 Stars . From Goodreads: Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. . Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. . But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? This mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past . I had some mixed feelings about this one, so hear me out. . I think the main and recurring negative I read about this book was everyone hating that Mary Quinn was so outspoken and strong-willed in a time period where women would never have acted as such. I have pretty much no beef with this. I thought it worked for the character, no matter what the time period. . I think my main let down with this read is that it’s about a young girl raised in a home for girls that is really a cover for a top secret corp of female investigators… and we get almost nothing about Mary’s life at the home and nothing on her training to become a secret agent. (This book focuses on the case) Spy training for a woman in petticoats totally has my interest! I wish that was included. . I was intrigued by the mystery in this story and where all the players fit, but the suspense level wasn't that high for me. I think what I am trying to say is that this is a good read, but didn't quite have anything that really set it apart for me. . That being said, I think this is one of those series that you have to judge as a whole to see how all the pieces fit together. This has got that Regency type romance in it (more tension than romance) and I think it’s a great starter book for girls (ages 14 and up) that are interested in spy, espionage, regency type novels. . What's your favorite spy novel?