Book Review: The Traitor And The Tunnel – Y.S. Lee

Hello everyone 🙂

Here is my review on The Traitor And The Tunnel!


Queen Victoria has a problem: there’s a thief at work in Buckingham Palace. The Agency – the secret all-female detective unit – assigns quick-witted Mary Quinn to the case. Posing as a palace maid and fending off the attentions of the Prince of Wales are challenging enough, but when the prince witnesses a murder, Mary’s case becomes anything but petty.

Engineer and former flame James Easton has an assignment in the sewers, where someone is making illicit use of the tunnels. Mary will need James’s help if she’s going catch a thief, solve a murder – and avert disaster.

My Thoughts

As usual, Mary is just a strong, smart, and witty character! Out of the whole Agency series, I think this is my favorite mystery!!

Mary takes a bit of a turn this book. I found that she grew a lot and I feel like we get a really good look at her past. She has to work past some of her history and it really made me respect her a lot.

One of my fav parts of this book was James. He is back again in this book. He is just amazing in this one! I love the relationship development that happens throughout the story. The romance is just crazy in this book, so much more than the first two!! I LOVED IT. James and Mary are perfect together in my opinion. I felt that they matched well based on the first books but after this one…. I’m sure of it! I won’t give much more detail than that… just read the book; my descriptions won’t do it justice haha.

Lee did a great job again with the setting of the book. Once again we are in Victorian era England. This time Mary finds herself on a mission and is undercover in the Buckingham Palace! I was so excited to read this one. The details were so good! Readers got a great idea of where Mary was and could picture it in their heads, but also there was a tad of mystery. There were pieces that were left a little vague but then we find out about them later! As usual, Lee gives the perfect amount of information.

The action in this story was done well. My heart was racing towards the end. It felt like Mary was racing against the clock. Also, with James being involved in the action parts I felt this feeling of dread that something would happen to one of them. With the romance being so high in this one I was just crossing my fingers that they would both be okay! There were some twists and turns in there too. I thought I knew for sure who the bad guy was. About half way through I was like “yup I know this one!” and then I found out I was completely wrong. I like books that have plot twists and hidden character information! It really makes the story more entertaining.

Overall, I loved the book! It was easy to follow and I couldn’t put it down. I found it to be entertaining, cute, funny, and exciting. I loved the action and the romance. It was a great addition to the series. I’m still a huge fan of the Victorian setting and this particular book got me with the Buckingham Palace. I’m a fan of the Queen and in this story the Queen was a badass! I would definitely recommend this book!

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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