The Traitor in the Tunnel

The Traitor in the Tunnel

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When Mary Quinn is ordered to work undercover after a petty thief steals from Buckingham Palace, she receives attention from a prince, wonders at a murder suspect's shared name with her father, and struggles with her feelings for James Easton.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763653163
0763653160
Branch Call Number: YA MYSTERY LEE
Characteristics: 373 p. ;,22 cm.

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nidofito
Mar 20, 2016

I think it's been too long since I picked up this series because although I literally inhaled this book since I borrowed it from the library yesterday, I didn't enjoy it as much. First, anything where royalty is involved just bores me; their generosity, their love for their people, ugh it chafes at me and I don't enjoy all the prostrations that it involves. Second, there wasn't much high tension in the story, for me at least. The resolution to the mystery kinda whimpered out at the end. And finally, whenever the previous two books were referenced or Mary had a flashback of them, they seemed more fun, and dangerous than what I was currently reading.

A book that tells you to keep you reading till your reach the end.

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marthabwaters
Jun 07, 2015

Another solid installment in this YA Victorian mystery series. I thought the mystery itself in this one was a bit more interesting than in the previous too, if a bit too hastily wrapped up, and as always, the romantic subplot and rich historical detail were the true strengths of the book. These might not be the world's cleverest/most compelling mysteries, but they're fast, enjoyable reads, and Mary Quinn is a likable, intelligent, feminist protagonist. I recommend the whole series for historical fiction fans.

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Sharonzy
May 29, 2015

I love this series!!

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

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.

IHeartReading247 Jun 13, 2013

I love this book!

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ACatNamedTofu
Sep 07, 2012

This was a little too far-fetched in the romance side of things, and the spy action? Could have done with more. I preferred the first (somehow, I managed to read the first and third but not the second without realising it).

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pineapplemango
Aug 10, 2012

favorite of the series! can't wait for next book!

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jennybeast
Jul 19, 2012

Plucky girl spy solves two mysteries in Victorian London while resolving steamy romance. Great story, but I didn’t realize that it was the third book – wish I’d started with book one.

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ychi
Jul 05, 2012

Mary Quinn continues to thrill with her adventurous investigations, this time into petty thievery at the Queen's palace... until a plot to take down the monarchy reveals itself. Mary and James share exquisite sexual tension, while the question of her parentage is directly confronted in a stark, non-sappy manner. And Octavious Jones still hangs around, sure to cause trouble and/or intrigue in the next book, "Rivals in the City".

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

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.

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