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Posted July 3, 2014
Julie Hyzy has done it again! What a wonderful mystery tour. The twists and turns had me guessing all the way through this captivating book. Revisiting the cast of characters, wandering through secret passageways, and cheering Grace on all the way. Cannot wait to see what adventures Grace and Juliie Hyzy have in store for us next! Loved it all the way through!
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Posted July 8, 2014
A baffling murder mystery during a gala at Marshfield Manor sets
A baffling murder mystery during a gala at Marshfield Manor sets Grace and her cohorts off on another adventure to find first how the murder occurred and how the killer escaped. Rife with hidden passages, romantic entanglements and Emberstown history, this latest in the Manor House cosy mystery is one of the finest so far. Can't wait for the next installment of Grace. addictedPW
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Posted July 2, 2014
Grace Against the Clock is the fifth book in the A Manor House M
Grace Against the Clock is the fifth book in the A Manor House Mystery series.
Once again Hyzy has provided the reader with an engaging mystery. A well developed story with interesting and believable characters.
Joyce Swedburg and her ex-husband Dr. Leland Keay are planning a fund raiser to cover the cost of repairing the Emberstowne village green clock. The fund-raiser is going to take place in an unused area of the Marshfield Manor's basement. As Grace is about to start the festivities, Swedburg has a case of food poisoning and is unable to attend, she finds that Dr. Keay is no where to be found. She asks David Cherk, a local photographer to look behind the curtains he had had erected for his evenings presentation, while she and Francis set off to check other nearby areas. As they are returning, Dr. Keay appears and stumbles onto the stage and falls, apparently in a drunken stupor. Grace runs to his side in time to hear the word injection from his dying breath. Leland had a history of alcohol abuse in the past, but everyone thought had been sober for five years since his being in an accident in which his mistress had been killed. It appeared to have been a "locked room" murder, but soon, with the help of the curator of the historical center, that in fact there is a "wood elevator" in the room. Grace now sets her sights on who might have known of this entrance and wanted to do away with Leland. Even though she was supposedly sick, Joyce becomes a prime suspect, as does Grace's neighbor, Todd Depota, whose wife was killed in the accident of Leland's.
Meanwhile on the home front, Hillary, Bennett's step-daughter, is busy getting her decorating business going by rejuvenating Grace's Victorian home. Grace and Hillary have had issues in the past, but amazingly, things are going well with them. As work begins in the basement, Hillary soon find a locked metal door, similar in appearance to bank vault door, and when Larry the locksmith gets it opened there appears to be tunnel behind the door. But where the tunnel leads or who had made it is a mystery to everyone.
Most all the characters from the previous books in the series are back once again. Bennett seems to be resolved that Grace will be involved with the investigation and pretty much lets Grace pursue the investigation with out too many comments. Francis is a wonderful character and this reader is beginning to enjoy the banter that she has with Grace. In fact, they both have seemed to accepted each other and their bickering seems to be of the good natured type. Scott and Bruce continue to be around as sounding boards for Grace. Once again PI Tooney puts his life on the line for Marshfield Manor and is rewarded nicely for his efforts.
Most definitely will be watching for the next book in this exciting series.
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Posted July 30, 2014
This is the fifth book in this really good series. It is so good
This is the fifth book in this really good series. It is so good to visit again with Grace and the people she knows. There are some you will really like and some you will love to hate. It is a well written mystery and ends with a cliff hangerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2014
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When Marshfield Manor hosts a charity event, Grace Wheaton, the
When Marshfield Manor hosts a charity event, Grace Wheaton, the mansion’s curator and manager, is happy to lend a helping hand—until a killer makes an unwanted donation…Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Local lawyer Joyce Swedburg has convinced “the mister” to hold a charity event in the lower level (basement) of Marshfield Manor. Her ex-husband, Dr. Leland Keay is also lending a hand in the planning. Grace is happy to help any way she can but acting as a referee between the exes is not what she had in mind.
The event barely gets started and the good doctor passes out on the stage. He appears to be drunk, but dead drunk. It seems Dr. Leland Keay has been poisoned. Grace determines there must have been something more going on behind the scenes. Now, she’s in a race to catch a ticked off murderer, and, if she’s going to prevent anyone else from getting hurt, every second will count…
This time Grace takes us to a lower level of the manor and the basement of her beautiful historic home and they both reveal surprises. These surprises kept the pages flying.
Julie Hyzy writes in such a way that the reader feels like part of the story. We are members of the crowd in both places just taking in the action.
I was shocked to see how well Grace worked with Hillary on the details of the renovation of her home. Hillary was like a totally different person now that she is doing something she loves to do. Grace’s assistant Frances never fails to crack me up. They make a great team, even with the occasional barbs Frances throw out there. Detective Flynn just knows Grace is going to be butting in on his case and with his partner is out of commission he almost welcomes her help. I said almost because he really would like all the accolades to himself when the case is solved. But when she uncovers a very important clue he sees the writing on the wall. And Private Eye Tooney again finds himself in the right place at the right time.
Hyzy just keeps getting better and better. With each story Grace continues to evolve and we learn more about Marshfield Manor too. I really enjoyed that the story also took us to Grace’s “Painted Lady” home. The outside renovations sound gorgeous. I hope to hear all about the inside too.
You really can’t go wrong with a cozy mystery by Julie Hyzy. I have been delighted with each Manor House Mystery and the White House Mysteries too. They are all perfect to escape into on the beach or in a comfy chair in front of the fire.
Posted July 17, 2014
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