My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first book in this series and it promises to be a good one. While it is improbable that there was an agency in Victorian culture which took in poor but bright young girls and educated them to become something other than governesses or wives, it is a good plot device. If you like Anne Perry, then you will like this one.
Mary, who was sentenced to be hanged at the age of 12 for breaking into houses, is taken in by the Agency and trained as a private detective. Her first assignment is to take a position in a wealthy home to gain information concerning a case that the Agency is working with Scotland Yard to investigate.
Mary makes a number of mistakes in her assignment, but she manages to find some important information and also an attachment to a young man who is also investigating. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Lee's books
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