Grace under Pressure (Manor House Mystery Series #1)

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Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, but now it's up to 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.
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Overview

Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, but now it's up to 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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602859456
  • Publisher: Center Point
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Manor House Mystery Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author


Julie Hyzy is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mystery series. She has garnered Anthony, Barry, Derringer, and Lovey Awards for her novels and short stories.

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

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Stunning Debut

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    Hyzy gets better with each book.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Great Beginning!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Lackluster mystery

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

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    Grace Under Pressure by JULIE HYZY

    A MANOR HOUSE MYSTERY
    Paperback Release June 1, 2010

    This is the first book in a brand new series by July Hyzy who is also the author of the White House Chef Mysteries.

    Grace Wheaton moves back home to nurse her mother in her last days and inherits the family home, which is a Victorian Painted Lady that needs a lot of work. She ends up living there and finds two roommates, Bruce and Scott, who own a little wine shoppe in downtown Emberstowne. She also lands her dream job as Assistant Curator at the famous Marshfield Manor. Her family was always drawn to the manor and she had visited many times as a child.

    Her mettle as Assistant Curator is tested as an intruder causes a disturbance at a very important tea being held in the Birdcage Room of the manor. Security arrives and after a mad chase through the tables, chairs and attendees, the man is apprehended, the staff puts the room back in order and the tea continues. Grace feels the situation was handled as well as could be expected, but within minutes she learns that the man in the tea room was just a diversion for the real crime that took place elsewhere in the manor. Her boss, the Head Curator, Abe, a lifelong friend of the manor's owner, Bennett Marshfield, is found dead in the private residence, and the killer as disappeared into thin air.

    Grace then finds out Bennett has been receiving threatening letters, and he is the primary witness against one of his former friends who was running a complicated Ponzi scheme that was responsible for many people to loose their family fortunes. Grace starts to think that the real target was Bennett and Abe was killed by mistake. Grace steps into Abe's shoes to run the manor and begins to investigate the murder as she has no real confidence in the overworked Emberstowne police force. She also has to deal with a very unreasonable customer and the roof of her "Painted Lady" is leaking.

    I absolutely loved this book! The story has more twists and turns than any ride in a amusement park! The story was told so well I felt like I was a bird on Grace's shoulder taking the entire trip right along with her. The character descriptions were ideal, they came to life right off the page. The hint of romance, a secondary plot that will continue as the series develops, and a mystery that kept you guessing until almost the final page all make this book a definite MUST READ! I usually don't like to give my highest praise to the first book in a series, as it sets the bar pretty high for subsequent editions, but this book was excellent!! I can't wait to see what comes next!!

    I always say it takes a very special person to be an author, someone who can tell a story so well that you can forget the world around you and escape into the pages of their book. Since starting this blog I have cyber-met some wonderful authors, that have the true gift of being great storytellers. Today I am adding one more author to that list and I hope I am lucky enough to cyber-meet Julie Hyzy soon. She definitely has the gift.

    To find out more about Julie Hyxy and her books be sure to check out her web site http://www.juliehyzy.com/

    Dollycas

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Front Door

    Where the danger is...

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    I adore Julie Hyzy's White House Chef Mysteries, then I saw that

    I adore Julie Hyzy's White House Chef Mysteries, then I saw that she has her first in a new series out in Audio books, so I gave it a try.  This series is just as interesting and was fun to listen to also!




    Grace is a new assistant curator at (fictional) Marshfield Manor.  Her family is from this area and she had spent many happy days here as a child.  Unfortunately, a disturbed guest causing a huge scene and then a murder, causes Grace to have to start off her job with much more involvement than she had anticipated.  Her gossipy nosey assistant, Frances, seems to know everything about everybody, but she's obviously no fan of Grace.  But the hunky gardener , Jack, is considerably nicer.  She's helped in stepping in to help protect the rich owner from danger by her two roommates in the beautiful but decaying mansion that her grandmother has left to her. 




    This mystery has lots of interesting details involving curating in an old mansion.  All the different rooms and secrets are especially fascinating --I love old houses and secret rooms.  The characters are intensely created with great flaws and creative personalities--some you love and some you love to hate. Hyzy has created another fun cozy series for sure.  The narrator for the audio book is wonderful--creating voices distinct for every character. Definite winner!

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    Julie Hyzy is a talented writer and the Manor House Mysteries ar

    Julie Hyzy is a talented writer and the Manor House Mysteries are proof of that. Once I started reading this book - I couldn't put it down. Grace is an interesting character. She grew up loving Marshfield Manor, and working there now, is learning some of the ups and downs of the Manor. The murder of her supervisor throws things off a little. Not only is she thrown into a new position without any training, but she feels compelled to solve the mystery. I enjoyed the descriptions of the manor, the interesting characters, and the mystery itself - which kept me guessing.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    I have absolutely loved Julie Hyzy¿s White House Chef Mysteries

    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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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    Don't let yourself miss this one. The first in the Manor House s

    Don't let yourself miss this one. The first in the Manor House series- it is a great beginning . Grace is the main character and she has just taken a new job when things start happening to her that are very hard to handle but she does. and with grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    The world didn't end!

    It would've ended an hour ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    To gamemaker ken

    Whats the point of this and how do you play?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Mac

    She goes to cornucpia and climbs it. Watches things. Grab a arrow quivler that was on the ground. Then loads her bow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Text rp

    Text 562-221-4614

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    victoria

    can i join?

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    Posted December 16, 2012

    Carson

    This is wierd.....who wants to chat?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Clouds

    *faceplants.* explaaaaaaain?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Aster

    ((I'm jus gonna let everyone know I'm not dead! I wasn't on, so you could't kill me! Just to tell you...))
    ~Aster

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Morg

    Lets go back to res 5 were having breakfast

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Saph

    Okay.

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