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Rivals in the City (A Mary Quinn Mystery) Kindle Edition

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The fourth colourful and action-packed Victorian detective novel about the exploits of agent Mary Quinn.

About the Author

Y.S. Lee was born in Singapore and raised in Vancouver and Toronto. In 2004 she completed her PhD in Victorian literature and culture. The research, combined with her time living in London, inspired her to write a story about a top-secret women's detective agency - the starting point for the Mary Quinn novels. Y. S. Lee lives in Ontario, Canada.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3140 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JF2QIZ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If this is the 1st Y.S. Lee novel you've seen then I would advise going back to the beginning of this series and starting reading from there. This is a well written series which is gripping and exciting without being anachronistic in the way the characters think and behave. Y.S. Lee knows her stuff when it comes to period detail - Victorian London is described in all its fetid glory with all the social conditions also unflinching included.
Lee's heroine is Mary Quinn, a feisty young woman keen to keep quiet in xenophobic London that her father was Chinese. After her mother's death and her father's disappearance, Mary takes her Irish mother's maiden name and is lucky to be taken in by a pair of quietly radical women who run a detective agency. The novels follow Mary's progress as a detective along with her developing personal relationships and further discoveries about her past and her father in particular.
This last novel in the series wraps most of that up neatly but also opens doors into Mary's future which I would very much like Lee to take us through. I think there is a lot more mileage in Mary Quinn yet and hope Lee does continue the series.
Recommended for anyone who enjoys detective stories and for anyone who's read Philip Pullman's 'Sally Lockhart' series.
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This book is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The only thing to complain about is that it is the last book in the series. The language used is descriptive and effective, with a complicated but not overwhelming plot. I think that this book truly deserves to be known much more and more popular. I would recommend it as teenage fiction, certainly 10+ as there is an element of romance in it. I also like the fact that the book is a contrast between the poor and rich in victorian society and helps us to understand the strict rules and etiquette in victorian England as well as racial prejudice and tension. Overall my advice is this : you MUST read the first book of the series first!
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Great quality...prompt delivery...excellent and enjoyable read!
It is the fourth book in the Mary Quinn mystery series.
It is as good as the other three books.
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I look forward to reading it!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f1957c8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
HASH(0x8f1bf858) out of 5 stars Should have stopped at three 25 April 2015
By History_Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the first 3 books in the series. In fact I read all of them the day they each arrived in the mail. I was hesitant about this book as the series was meant to only be a trilogy.

This book takes places a little while after the last one. Mary is now an independent woman with enough money to live comfortably and James is the ever understanding man she is to marry. This book focuses mainly on Mary who is keeping an eye on the Thorold household members as the daughter (from A Spy in the House) returns but along the way Mary meets someone who will be very important to her life.

This book just did not engage me as the previous ones did. It took several sittings to finally (and that's how it felt...finally) reach the end. I found the characters one dimensional; Mary was annoying and self-absorbed; James was actually boring. The dialogue lacked the banter that had made the relationship between Mary and James so enjoyable to read. I found that the plot about the bank, the Thorold's and James/Mary didn't gel together - just different bits put together.

Sadly, for me the series ended with Traitor in the Tunnel - this book is just a big disappointment.
HASH(0x8f1c7a74) out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Aug. 2014
By Hillary Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great adventure! I hope this isn't the last one!
HASH(0x8f1c787c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By leah brito - Published on Amazon.com
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super good book but you need to read the other books first!
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