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Rivals in the City (A Mary Quinn Mystery) Kindle Edition
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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.
It is the fourth book in the Mary Quinn mystery series.
It is as good as the other three books.
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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.
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