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Grace Among Thieves

by Julie Hyzy

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This is a great series - I enjoy the characters and they are well written and the setting is at a grand manor which always makes for a fun story. The mystery component isn't very tough, but they are entertainingly good. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
Our heroine, Grace Wheaton, is still working at Marshfield Manor, a stately home/museum/tourist destination. It’s her dream job, and she has a dream boss, Bennett Marshfield, who is both mentor and friend to Grace. There’s a film crew on site to make a documentary to be sold in the gift shop AND a tour group with an unruly member, Lenore, who can’t seem to restrain herself from entering off-limits areas. With all the confusion, Grace is more concerned about security than ever. Plus she was warned by a friend who’s also a museum curator about a well-organized theft ring that stole from her institution.

Then Lenore is killed at Marshfield Manor, and the tour-group member who was “assigned” to keep an eye on her is shot. Thank goodness Mark Ellroy is not more seriously hurt. Nevertheless, Grace feels responsible for him after the tour group leaves for its next stop without him. Still reeling from her old beau Jack’s recent coolness, she finds herself attracted to Ellroy, a widower from Colorado.

Grace also finds herself helping the local cops find the murderer. She’s helped them before and they’re happy to have a Marshfield-Manor insider “on the team.”

I’m just getting back to this series after hiatus and am enjoying the books immensely. I’ve been reading them out of order but am not finding that a problem at all. (It would be best, however, to read them in order.) Julie Hyzy is a great storyteller whose ability to conjure up likable and believable characters is amazing. She is better than most authors of cozy mysteries, who seem to think they’re writing a romance novel. Ms. Hyzy’s heroines pretty much stick to the investigative part of the story. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jan 15, 2016 |
Grace Under Pressure is the third book in the Manor House series. And a great book it is, too.

Mr. Bennett, owner of the Manor House, and Grace want to bring the Manor House into current times, so they have a production crew in making a DVD, to sell in the gift shop.

Some small items have gone missing and Grace and Bennett are not sure if it is Bennett's step-daughter or the film crew taking them. About the same time Grace hears from a long time friend who works in a museum in California who warns her that someone has stolen some valuable items from museum. The next day the young leaves the tour again only to be pushed down some stairs and dies form the injuries and Mark Ellroy, who is supposed to be watching is shot in the arm. While this is going on another items, more valuable, is stolen from the Manor House.

Once again Grace is in charge of damage control for the Manor House, as she doesn't have complete faith in the detectives in her town. But with the appearance of someone she thinks she has seen at The Manor, recently, and gets a threatening note, she starts working more closely with the police.

The cast of characters are just wonderful. Her housemates, Bruce and Scott, are back helping however they can. Grace and Francis seem to have reached an understanding about each other. Grace and Jack may even be able to begin to work on their friendship.

Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  FredYoder | May 8, 2015 |
Grace Under Pressure is the third book in the Manor House series. And a great book it is, too.

Mr. Bennett, owner of the Manor House, and Grace want to bring the Manor House into current times, so they have a production crew in making a DVD, to sell in the gift shop.

Some small items have gone missing and Grace and Bennett are not sure if it is Bennett's step-daughter or the film crew taking them. About the same time Grace hears from a long time friend who works in a museum in California who warns her that someone has stolen some valuable items from museum. The next day the young leaves the tour again only to be pushed down some stairs and dies form the injuries and Mark Ellroy, who is supposed to be watching is shot in the arm. While this is going on another items, more valuable, is stolen from the Manor House.

Once again Grace is in charge of damage control for the Manor House, as she doesn't have complete faith in the detectives in her town. But with the appearance of someone she thinks she has seen at The Manor, recently, and gets a threatening note, she starts working more closely with the police.

The cast of characters are just wonderful. Her housemates, Bruce and Scott, are back helping however they can. Grace and Francis seem to have reached an understanding about each other. Grace and Jack may even be able to begin to work on their friendship.

Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
In Hyzy’s mystery novel, Marshfield Manor has been targeted for theft along with many other such homes. Grace Wheaton, curator and manager of Marshfield manor, starts to suspect the film crew currently under contract to make a DVD of the Manor for marketing purposes. First there is a murder and then Grace is swept off her feet by a charming man from out-of-town. But a killer lurks in the shadows and Grace just can’t help but initiate an investigation of her own.

An intriguing and engaging read and a fabulous addition to the A Manor House Mystery series. ( )
  debbieaheaton | Apr 30, 2013 |
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When Grace Wheaton's former professor calls to warn her of a rash of thefts at various historical sites, she isn't surprised, because Marshfield Manor has been targeted, too. Grace wonders if the thefts have something to do with a film crew roaming the grounds, digitally immortalizing the manor. But soon she gets distracted by an incident much more dire: the shooting of one guest and the murder of another.… (more)

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