FTC Disclosure: I received no free copies of these books for myself. The giveaway is sponsored by the publisher, Candlewick.
The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee
A Spy in the House
The Body at the Tower
The Traitor in the Tunnel
Rivals in the City
Hi everyone! I hate putting up those disclosures at the top of every sponsored post, but what can you do? I want to emphasize that I love, love, love Y.S. Lee's The Agency Series and indeed, I bought the 4th book just a month ago to reward myself for finishing a terribly boring college class (although, the engrossing class that followed has thus far stopped me from reading it. Oh well. At least now my collection is complete and I can stare at it longingly every time I lift my eyes from my current college textbook. Haha!
Well, now thanks to Candlewick, not only is the whole series getting new covers, but you, yes you! get the chance to win the entire series. Read on for a quick overview, a guest post from Ying Lee, the giveaway rules, and the Rafflecopter widget.
About The Agency Series
BookPage called the series, “full of thrills and danger and wonderfully sharp writing” and of the final book, Kirkus Reviews said: “Intrigue, romance and the rich details of Victorian life are the focus in the fourth installment of this mystery series featuring a complex female detective…As with the previous volumes, the elements of Victorian life are well-drawn, adding rich texture to the storytelling…. Readers of the series will find this addition deeply satisfying as both a mystery and a historical romance.”
Guest Post by Y.S. Lee
Four Victorian novels that changed the way I think about the era
William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair. Brown-skinned characters everywhere, if you just keep your eyes open. They’re marginal figures and Thackeray didn’t seem to know what to do with them, but at least his panorama includes them. Brown people! In high society, even.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh. Aurora appears to live on her own, in Kensington, and entertains a bachelor visitor without comprising her reputation! What is going on, here?
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone. One of the first detective novels ever. A funny detective novel, at that, with a mixed-race physician and a surprisingly racy scene between Rachel and Franklin.
Charles Dickens, Bleak House. Secret love affair, illegitimate child, suicide by shame and opium, and the crushing weight of British law. And who else could get away, in a supposedly realist novel, with attributing a character’s death to “spontaneous combustion”?
About the Author
Y.S. Lee has a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and culture and says her research inspired her to write Book One of The Agency trilogy. “Women’s choices were grim in those days, even for the clever,” she says. “The Agency is a totally unrealistic, completely fictitious antidote to the fate that would otherwise swallow a girl like Mary Quinn.” Y. S. Lee lives in Ontario, Canada.
Win a complete set of the 4 books of Y.S. Lee's The Agency series.
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