Review: Rivals In The City (Agency #4) – Y.S. Lee

Hey there!

It has been a while since I have done an Agency review! I have to be honest, I totally forgot to post this!! I’ve had it done and just sitting there and I think part of me thought I already posted it? Oh well! Here it is 🙂


Convicted fraudster Henry Thorold is dying in prison, and the Agency asks Mary to take on one last case: to watch for the return of his estranged wife. Mrs Thorold is an accomplished criminal and will surely want to settle scores with Mary’s fiancé, James. With the additional complications of family and conflicting loyalties, the stakes for all involved are higher than ever.

My Thoughts

The last book in the Agency series!! Bittersweet. I loved this series so much. I love when I finish a series and it all wraps up and I feel this completeness to me. However, I also didn’t want this series to end. Like I said, I loved it and I could have read many more of these books haha.

So in this one, Mary has one last mystery to solve. Henry Thorold (remember him from the first book???) is in prison for fraud. His wife is on the move and Mary is to watch for her. As she is watching for Ms. Thorold she uncovers more of the mystery and as usual, Mary is amazing at what she does!! Mary and James open up their own private detective business due to the Agency becoming fractured. The partnership has to break apart though due to old business coming back to haunt them! They each must work alone on this one for both of their safety. Mary and James are in constant fear for each other and the uncertainty really keeps you on your toes!

I thought the character development was quite good in this book. Mary and James made HUGE steps from the first book and I felt their love and maturity in this book was quite strong. I also enjoyed that Mary’s background and information about her father really came to surface in this book. It felt to me that some loose ends were tied up and I was pretty content with what I found out. The part in the book where Mary meets a long lost cousin and gets to spend time with the cousin gave Mary some good information and it was interesting to find out information from a different character with different perspective!! At times this family reunion seemed out of place though. I figured the cousin would tie into the mystery somehow, but unfortunately the cousin was just there.

One thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was the lack of back and forth from Mary and James. Since they spent most of the book away from each other, there was that lack of humor and quirky romance from them which really made the other books fun.

I loved the series and all of the books. This last book fell a little lower on my rating than the rest. I feel like this was because the action was a little less and Mary and James did not get to be together as much so it took away from the comedy and romance.

My Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

(more like 3.5)

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Chat with me in the comments!!

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