Grace Interrupted (Manor House Mystery Series #2)

Grace Interrupted (Manor House Mystery Series #2)

by Julie Hyzy

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ISBN-13: 9780425241905
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Manor House Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 222,963
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Emily Durante has been narrating audiobooks for over ten years and is also an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook director. She has been acting since the age of seven and has performed in a number of stage productions at the professional, collegiate, and regional levels.

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Grace Interrupted 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Mariandy More than 1 year ago
The second installment of the Manor House Mysteries finds Grace Wheaton still getting acclimated to her new job as curator of Marshfield Manor. This time, Civil War reenactors have taken over the grounds, and are setting up their camps and preparing for battle. When one of them turns up dead, there's no shortage of suspects, including Grace's friend Jack. Once again, Julie Hyzy brings us a winning story and cast of characters. One of the other reviewers likened Grace to an old friend, and I can definitely relate to that as she seems like someone I've known and liked for a long time. I find her assistant, Frances, to be an entertaining sidekick (yes, she's annoying, but there's something redeemable about her). I look forward to watching all of the characters grow over the next several installments of what I'm sure will be a hugely successful series. If you like cozy mysteries, you'll definitely enjoy Grace Interrupted . . . and if you haven't already, read the first book (Grace Under Fire) first. Happy reading!
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in The Manor House Mystery series. It takes place in a large manor house in Emberstowne, one of those quaint touristy towns. The heroine, Grace Wheaton, is just beginning to find her bearings as the new curator of Marshfield Manor when the arrival of a large group of Civil War re-enactors throws a spanner in the works. The murder of one of their number implicates Grace's love interest Jack, and it's up to Grace (with the help of her annoying, but very competent assistant, Francis) to clear his name. I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Grace Under Pressure, I had been eagerly awaiting this second book. I was not disappointed. Grace Interrupted is every bit as well written and enjoyable as the first book. I find the characters, especially Grace to be very well developed. (Though, if you want to know about Grace's past, you really should read the first book). Grace is much like her name - she has a sense of elegance and "grace" that permeates the whole story. The way she handle's Francis is just amazing. You can feel her frustration, but she tries not to let it show. I do not like Francis, but she's one of those characters that you "love to hate." And who knows maybe she'll grow on me as the series grows. We don't see as much as some of the other supporting characters (Bennett or Grace's two roommates), but that's OK. We get to see a positive side of Francis and I'm sure we will learn more about the other characters as the series progresses. The pace of the story is just perfect for a cozy mystery. Never too slow or too fast. One of the things that I enjoyed about both books is that I feel that I can relax while reading, yet stay engaged. It's very much like visiting with an old friend. This is certainly one of my top favorite cozy mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries, with just a touch of old manor elegance, I highly recommend you give this one a try.
Mary51 More than 1 year ago
I love discriptive authors, and believe me you will think you are in the room right alongside Grace. Enter into Marshfield Manor. You will smell the mustiness of the hundreds of books in the library, you will reach out your hand to feel the luxurious drapery. Julie Hyzy takes you into the Manor and out in the gardens. Then you're caught up in the plots and into the characters. This book grips you and won't let you put it aside for fear of not knowing what's going to happen next. You won't be disappointed. Ms. Hyzy knows how to build the suspense and catch you off-guard when you think you know how the book will end.I could not put this book down and now I await anxiously her next "Grace" book!!
JaneSteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where I got the book: by winning an author giveaway. Release date is June 7, 2011.Grace Interrupted is the second in Julie Hyzy's Manor House Mystery series, set in a large manor house which is one of the main attractions in a town that lives for tourism. The heroine, Grace Wheaton, appears to have just about got her act together as the new manager of Marshfield Manor when the arrival of a large group of Civil War re-enactors throws a spanner in the works. The murder of one of their number implicates Grace's love interest Jack, and Grace has to rely on some of her former antagonists to help sniff out the clues that could clear his name.Meeting Julie Hyzy early this year was my first introduction to her line of cozy mysteries, and I haven't yet read the first in the Manor House series. But it was easy enough to pick up the gist of the characters: Grace has returned to her childhood home after a troubled past, and is trying to make her new life in her mother's tumbledown old house work, with the help of two roommates and the support of her boss, Bennett (who is interested in Grace, but not for romantic reasons). Her romance with Jack is at the will-they-won't-they stage, and relations with some of the people she met in the first book (Grace Under Pressure) are equally shaky. Plenty of room for growth in a series that looks quite promising.I enjoyed Hyzy's breezy command of dialogue and skill in quick character sketches. The novel moves along at a good pace, and although I didn't warm immediately to Grace, I really enjoyed some of the other characters. Grace seemed a bit two-dimensional to me: her past troubles were hinted at, but she didn't show a whole lot of vulnerability in this book. Perhaps I need to read the first novel in the series.I found the Civil War re-enactors very interesting: I've seen re-enactors at work (play?) and was captured by the details about the levels of realism--or not--that can be achieved. I would have liked to have seen more about the realities of running a large tourist attraction with multiple events going on.The climax of the action was excellent; the pace picked up very nicely, the identity of the culprit was not outrageously obvious, and the overall result was satisfying. There were some plot threads--including the ongoing romance--that pointed forward to some fun developments as the series progresses.The overall taste of the novel, if I can describe it that way, was of a well-stacked sandwich paired with a glass of fresh, fruity wine--nothing heavy there, but a good, everyday literary meal to refresh me after a hard day's work. This is the kind of escapist story that I enjoy reading when I'm ready to relax, yet still want to engage my mind just enough to keep it ticking over. I think I'll persevere with Grace and see how things develop.Oh yes, and there was a cat. I'm not one of those people who goes all soft over pets in novels, but the animal-lovers out there will enjoy the furry plotline.
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the second Manor House mystery, we are reintroduced to Grace Wheaton, curator of the stately Marshfield Manor.Grace's predecessor, Abe, had arrranged months ago for a Civil War reenactment group to use the grounds of the Manor for their re-enactment. Grace expects that there will be some disruption of the day-to-day functioning of the Manor, but she never realized just how much.First, two women try to force their way onto the grounds to attack Zachary Kincade (the aforementioned soldier) attacks one Kincade is found later that night, stabbed to death, there is no shortage of suspects.The police seem to be focussing on Grace's employee, but Grace is certain that he is innocent and sets out to prove it. Her attempts to stay out of trouble this time are unsuccessful, but she does determine the identity of the killer.Hyzy has written another well-contructed mystery with a charming and realistic female protagonist with whom we look forward to becoming better acquainted.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in The Manor House Mystery series. It takes place in a large manor house in Emberstowne, one of those quaint touristy towns. The heroine, Grace Wheaton, is just beginning to find her bearings as the new curator of Marshfield Manor when the arrival of a large group of Civil War re-enactors throws a spanner in the works. The murder of one of their number implicates Grace's love interest Jack, and it's up to Grace (with the help of her annoying, but very competent assistant, Francis) to clear his name. I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Grace Under Pressure, I had been eagerly awaiting this second book. I was not disappointed. Grace Interrupted is every bit as well written and enjoyable as the first book.I find the characters, especially Grace to be very well developed. (Though, if you want to know about Grace's past, you really should read the first book). Grace is much like her name - she has a sense of elegance and "grace" that permeates the whole story. The way she handle's Francis is just amazing. You can feel her frustration, but she tries not to let it show. I do not like Francis, but she's one of those characters that you "love to hate." And who knows maybe she'll grow on me as the series grows. We don't see as much as some of the other supporting characters (Bennett or Grace's two roommates), but that's OK. We get to see a positive side of Francis and I'm sure we will learn more about the other characters as the series progresses. The pace of the story is just perfect for a cozy mystery. Never too slow or too fast. One of the things that I enjoyed about both books is that I feel that I can relax while reading, yet stay engaged. It's very much like visiting with an old friend.This is certainly one of my top favorite cozy mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries, with just a touch of old manor elegance, I highly recommend you give this one a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this Hyzy gave almost 2 pages as a 'free sample'. Still not enough to judge likability.
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cjmaine More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the whole "Grace" series. They are fun and light reading. Would recommend them to everyone.
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