Mary Quinn used to be a thief. In fact, she was rescued from certain death by hanging and brought secretly to a special school for girls. Here, she worked hard to change her station in life. Now she's a young lady without a job and doesn't know where to turn next. Fortunately, her advisers at the school let her in on a secret. They have a spy agency where she's be a perfect fit. They help out Scotland Yard and others gather information. With her former skills, Mary would be a perfect fit. Plus they have a position in mind for her, after she undergoes training.
Mary Quinn emerges and makes her way as a paid ladies companion to Angelica Thorold, a spoiled girl. Mary's duty, besides her job will be to gather any intelligence upon Miss Thorold's father and his business in regards to smuggling items. Miss Thorold doesn't take to Mary. The two of them attempt to work out their differences in a variety of ways while Mary snoops about the house. When she finds nothing, she goes snooping at Mr Thorold's business when she's caught not by security but by a man with similar concerns. He offers up a partnership where they share information each uncovers. Mary reluctantly agrees. With time running out, will Mary risk too much and find identity discovered?
My Thoughts: I'd been hearing about this book and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I read this mostly in one sitting and then wanted the next book immediately. (It comes out in August). I LOVE spy novels and the Victorian England era and combine = pure magical entertainment. A great feisty heroine, lots of danger, plenty of mysteries to untangle, and a little romance creates a wonderfully perfect first edition to a new series.
The Cover: Cute - I like how it combines Mary's daring attitude with a backdrop of the times.
Source: My Library - I had to put it on hold so I could be sure to snag it first! I couldn't wait any longer.