Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review: Rivals In The City

Rivals in the City (The Agency #4)Author: Y.S. Lee
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Series: The Agency # 4

In a tale steeped in action, romance, and the gaslit intrigue of Victorian London, Mary Quinn’s detective skills are pitted against a cunning and desperate opponent.

Mary Quinn has a lot on her mind. James Easton, her longtime love interest, wants to marry her; but despite her feelings, independent-minded Mary hesitates. Meanwhile, the Agency has asked Mary to take on a dangerous case: convicted fraudster Henry Thorold is dying in prison, and Mary must watch for the return of his estranged wife, an accomplished criminal herself who has a potentially deadly grudge against James. Finally, a Chinese prizefighter has arrived in town, and Mary can’t shake a feeling that he is somehow familiar. With the stakes higher than ever, can Mary balance family secrets, conflicting loyalties, and professional expertise to bring a criminal to justice and find her own happiness?

She was her own woman. She was free.

This was her London: brutal, coarse, dangerous. It was a part of her history. It had molded her character. But she would not allow it to shape her destiny.

Above all, though, she had a sudden, powerful desire to be on assignments for the Agency one last time. 

I have enjoyed following Mary Quinn through four different mysteries now, and I really wish that it did not have to end here, although I am fairly certain the series is finished. I loved this book so much because the mystery allowed Mary Quinn to reconnect with a few of the characters from the first book and the mystery involves the same crook that Mary first pinned. Mary has grown and blossomed from the young, timid girl that we were first introduced to; she now has the means to support herself and come and go as she pleases. She has also finally won the heart of Mr. James Easton, who cannot wait to marry her. However, Mary is not quite finished enjoying life on her own when she is paid a visit by Ms. Anne Treleaven with a special assignment from the agency. Mary cannot seem to resist just one more case to solve!

Mary Quinn is a fascinating character with a fascinating past. As an avid reader of this series, I was pleased to find out that in this book Mary is able to learn a little more about her past and her family. As I mentioned before, Mary is on a case following the same characters that she did in the first book in this series. I was on edge while reading and finished this book so quickly because of the suspense and so many questions that I wanted answered as fast as possible. I was hesitant at first because I did not want this story to be so closely related to the first, but Mary’s character and the development she has made throughout the series absolutely made this last book for me! Pick up this series and allow Mary Quinn to inspire you now!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Candlewick Press in exchange for my honest review*** 

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