Grace under Pressure (Manor House Mystery Series #1)

Grace under Pressure (Manor House Mystery Series #1)

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by Julie Hyzy
     
 

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From the author of the successful White House Chef mysteries.

Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, but now it's up to a new curator Grace Wheaton and handsome groundskeeper Jack Embers to protect dear old Marshfield. But to do this, they'll have to investigate a botched Ponzi scheme, some torrid Wheaton…  See more details below

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From the author of the successful White House Chef mysteries.

Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, but now it's up to a new curator Grace Wheaton and handsome groundskeeper Jack Embers to protect dear old Marshfield. But to do this, they'll have to investigate a botched Ponzi scheme, some torrid Wheaton family secrets-and sour grapes out for revenge.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Launching the Manor of Murder series with plenty of thrills and laughs, Hyzy (the White House Chef mysteries) creates the well-researched and believable estate of Marshfield Manor, part mansion and part museum. As assistant curator Grace Wheaton is handling a loud disturbance in the tea room, gunshots ring out from the fourth floor. Head curator Abe is killed, and the murderer mysteriously vanishes from the study. When billionaire Bennett Marshfield reveals that he's been receiving threatening letters from someone who might be the killer, Grace undertakes an amateur investigation, which includes looking into a local Ponzi scheme and her own family secrets. Well-drawn characters like busybody secretary Frances, handsome landscape architect Jack, and stalking wannabe PI Ronny are supported by lively subplots, laying series groundwork to rival Marshfield Manor's own elaborate structure. (June)
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"Well-drawn characters like busybody secretary Frances, handsome landscape architect Jack, and stalking wannabe PI Ronny are supported by lively subplots, laying series groundwork to rival Marshfield Manor's own elaborate structure." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101187890
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Manor House Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
33,332
File size:
402 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Emily Durante has narrated the Midnight Twins trilogy by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson, and Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas, and directed the Earphones Award�winning performance of Heaven's Keep narrated by Buck Schirner.

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Grace under Pressure (Manor of Murder Mystery Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One and a half sentences is total amount of 'free sample'. Really?!?
thans56 More than 1 year ago
This would be a new author to me but . .. I always get a sample when I've not read an author previously . .  and this sample is a big fat JOKE!!!  11 page is bad enough but out of those 11 pages, the only sample of the story is one page and then only 3 lines of text!  SERIOUSLY??????  Does not make a good first impression.  I mean why bother giving a sample at all LOL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The female protangonist/amateur sleuth is not very likeable and comes across as self-absorbed and self-important, all other characters are pretty one-dimensional. Even though the story is set in a history-filled manor house and museum no real atmosphere is ever achieved. I can't recommend spending time or money on this first installemnt of the manor house mysteries.
Lindsey146 More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Hyzy's White House Chef Mysteries, I couldn't wait to try out her Manor House Mystery debut cozy. I was surly NOT disappointed! It started out by throwing you right into the thick of things and unraveling the plot. Being one that hates a dull mystery that spends half a book in setup, I truly appreciated getting hooked from the get go! Ms Hyzy characters are interesting with a depth of influence involving the plot. Grace is a very interesting heroine with a past that has brought her to Manor House, rewardingly but challenging. Good mind, keenly inquisitive, a people person, and surly not a wimp. Grace Under Pressure is full of the wonderful traditional cozy touches. A Grand House with many secrets and I am looking forward to the next visit!
Katherine30 More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of mystery series, and became a fan of the somewhat-new White House chef series (3 books) by Ms. Hyzy. So I bought this, her newest book and series, yesterday at BN, read it pretty much straight through, and enjoyed every bit of it. The Manor series looks like it will be more of a typical mystery series than the often-funny White House upstairs/downstairs intrigues, but the characters and setting are as interesting. As always, Ms. Hyzy excels at developing interesting fictional characters who will stick in your brain long after you have finished the book. I think she is truly a promising writer and I hope she will be will be writing both the White House and Manor series for a long time to come.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Grace is working towards her dream job as curator of Marshfield Manor, when her boss is found murdered. Grace decides to begin an investigation that leads to secrets that may have an effect on both her professional and personal life. I couldn't put this book down until the killer was caught and the secrets were fleshed out. I look forward to reading more in this series.
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DaleneH More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely loved Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef Mysteries. See my reviews here. When I saw she had another series written at an art museum, I wasn’t so sure about the setting, but I gave it a try anyways. I am very glad I did, this was a great start to the series. I love how the author create characters who are involved in the crime, but also other things that are going on in the story. She is able to weave a story around the crime involving personal relationships and previous history that also gets you wondering. There is also a little bit of romance, but not enough to distract from the fact that it is a cozy mystery. I love the setting and the small town. I definitely feel like I could find a place similar if I looked hard enough, however, the author does not bog you down with details when trying to describe how everything looks and comes together. Grace is a great amateur sleuth. She is also new to her job and wanting to move up with the museum. She is an outsider because it is a small town which also hinders her slightly while trying to investigate the crime. My favorite characters are Scott and Bruce who are Grace’s roommates and have their own small business in town and are trying to get by. All three are great friends and help create additional sideline stories in addition to the mystery. A great start to the series and I will definitely continue on with book two, excited to get that as soon as I can. If you love a cozy mystery or a great story with amazing characters, I would highly recommend reading Julie Hyzy’s books.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. When done, I started on the 2nd in the series, Grace under Fire, and am looking forward to when #3 comes out. While I enjoy a variety of cozy mysteries, unlike the others I have read, the main character, Grace, is an intelligent, powerful, career-minded woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind and take charge of situations. The characters and their relationships develop at a nice pace, while the story line develops quickly. This book just draws you in and makes you want to keep reading, with no lulls in the script. Julie Hyzy has become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to reading the White House mysteries she has also written.
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