Y.S. Lee's second book is out, The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower, seemingly right on the heels of her debut, The Agency: A Spy in the House. The Agency series follows Mary Quinn, former pickpocket and now member of a secret all-female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls.
Lee's books are steeped in a fantastic and realistic setting because hey, she's got her PhD in Victorian literature so please be respectful and call her "doctor." Here's an interview with Lee over at Wondrous Reads where she reveals the kinds of research she has to do for her books.
"Researching a PhD leaves you with incredibly specific knowledge about a particular subject, but also with amazing blind spots, especially about the practical aspects of nineteenth century life. I started the novel with a strong general knowledge about the Victorian era – about women’s rights and their political limitations, for example. But I had to do quite a bit of research to fill in the gaps – for example, about marine insurance, the early days of engineering, and when specific bridges were built. This wasn’t a problem – I love research, and will seize any excuse to dive into a box of dusty papers!"Since detective novels are right up my alley, I need to get this one right away. You should too right?