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Grace Under Pressure (Manor House Mystery #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,058 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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 s
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2010)
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one word: WOW

If ever you wanted to read a true to life cozy mystery, you will find it with in the pages of this fast paced engaging little gem of a book. I was hooked after the first page, and could not put it down. This was a well plotted mystery, with no sex or curse words, surrounded by a beautiful setting within the walls of an old mansion. It kept my attention, and had me guessing up to the final reveal. This is my first book by Julie Hyzy, and she is now at the top of my favorite authors l
I wish I could give a 2.5. The first 100 pages or so of this book are soooo slow and boring. I only forged ahead because I hate quitting on books. The second half of the book picked up and was much better but it took a lot of effort to make myself get there. I also thought that the main character, Grace, was somewhat unlikeable- her boss is murdered in cold blood and basically the very next day she is appointing herself as his replacement and taking over his office. Meanwhile no one has told her ...more
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Grace Wheaton’s lifelong dream has been to work at Marshfield Manor, the estate of millionaire Bennett Marshfield. Having returned to Emberstowne from New York to care for her dying mother, Grace is now the owner of a dilapidated “painted lady” Victorian and still on probation at her new job as assistant curator of the historic mansion. When curator and estate director Abe Vargas is murdered however, suddenly the new employee is tasked with organizing the mansion staff. And she also takes on som ...more
As much as I love my romances, I do have a soft spot for really good Cozy Mysteries. Now, when the two genres mix it up, I'm all over it. When I found out that Grace Under Pressure wasn't only a Cozy, but that it also contained a little romance, I really couldn't wait to read it.

The opening scene really pulled me in and was a great introduction to our main character Grace Wheaton and Marshfield Manor, the grand estate where she works as a curator. The scene was a perfect set-up for showing Grace
If you are new to cozy mysteries and you are looking for good authors, Julie Hyzy is one I'd recommend, her writing is very good.

This book was really good, it started off fairly slow, but picked up and by the end I couldn't put it down. The characters were amazing, I loved all of them, even the ones you're supposed to hate, and the setting was amazing. I'd love to work in a place like Marshfield Mansion.

The mystery was really well set up and the MC wasn't antagonizing when she was investigating.
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I could never really get into this one. I love her White House Chef series so I think I will stick to that series.
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
Mar 05, 2012 Bird rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bird by: Heather Webber
First off, I thought the sleuth was going to be an elderly woman (partly because the blurb made it sound that way, and partly because the name "Grace Wheaton" conjures up an image of a kindly grandmother), so I was surprised that she was actually young. This threw me off a bit in the beginning, and it took me awhile to get adjusted.

Cozies usually have a strong sense of place, which I found lacking in this book. The side characters weren't very interesting, either, and some seemed pretty pointles
Grace Wheaton was born in the town of Emberstowne and recently moved back after the death of her mother. She inherited the house the family home, originally owned by her grandmother; her sister, Liza, inherited the money. Unable to pay for the home all by herself, she now has roommates, her best friends, Scott and Bruce. They own a local wine shop in the downtown area of Emberstown.

Grace has recently gotten the job at Marshfield Manor as assistant curator. Her family had been drawn to the Marshf
After falling in love with Julie Hyzy's White House Chef series featuring Olivia Parras, it didn't take long to become hooked on the Manor of Murder Mysteries, and the main character, Grace Wheaton!

Grace becomes assistant curator at the famous Marshfield Manor after returning to Emberstowne, the home of her birth, to take care of her dying mother. While Grace's mom and aunt had grown up in Emberstowne, grace and her sister had moved away to Chicago at a very young age with their parents, and th
It wasn’t until I’d finished reading Grace Under Pressure that I realized how apt the title is. The protagonist, Grace, takes “not buckling under pressure” to whole new heights! It’s a likeable trait in a main character, and it’s largely what I liked about this first installment in the Manor House mystery series – it’s not really your classic detective novel with well-paced investigation, but it’s fascinating watching Grace handling the numerous tasks she has as curator of Marshfield Manor while ...more
This is the first in a Manor of Murder mystery series by the same author who does the White House Chef series. There are strong similarities in the two female protagonists, so even if I hadn't seen the author's name, I'd suspect it.

Grace Wheaton has always loved the manor and now she's the assistant curator for the historical attraction. When the curator is murdered, she gets an abrupt promotion and has to take over quickly. While she's very competent, as is Ollie in the White House Chef series,
Very slow start that got a bit better, but still it was almost all set-up, and little action. I had a hard time keeping track of the characters to the extent that when a couple of previously minor characters turned out to be important players later on, I had no idea who the heck they were! Her gay roommates were presented a bit awkwardly I thought, as though the author were trying to make them "fun" but not stereotypically flamboyant, so they were just sort of ... there. A secondary plot regardi ...more
Laura Salas
I really enjoy the White House Chef series, but I just couldn't get into this new series. There was no tension in this book, and I realized when I was on part 6 out of 8 that I really didn't care who killed Abe. And I couldn't take any more ridiculous conversations between Grace and the over-the-top weirdo PI Ronny Tooney. Lord. Everybody was cliched and just not that interesting.

It didn't help that the narrator of the audiobook version I listened to sounded rather like a petulant teenager weari
I haven't read a cozy mystery this entertaining in a long time. Grace Wheaton was a wonderful protagonist. Will definitely be picking up the sequel!

Moral of the story: Watch your subordinates.
This book was just okay for me, not bad not great. Francis made my eyes roll a lot in total irritation. I might or might not read the next book in the series.
Sue Ross
This was the first book by Julie Hyzy I've read and now I'll be reading the rest of the series and hoping there will be more. It's not your usual girl sleuth with a best girl friend to help out. This time Grace is more or less on her own. She does have two roommates who run their own business, but when it comes to figuring out the who done it, Grace has to do it on her own. There's a surprise in the middle of the book and oh wait, could there be a romance in the making? I sure hope so. I'm ready ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Shana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shana by: Julia
A new mystery series!

Grace is a manager of a historic house (or estate) museum, so right up my alley. After the murder of a long-time employee, Grace ends up having to take over as manager as well as solve the murder.

Grace also owns an old historic house, and her personal secrets end up being as much a mystery as the murder. Throw in some interesting characters, such as Grace's housemates, her secretary and the owner of the estate, and you have a start to an enjoyable series. Looking forward to
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Grace Under Pressure (Manor House Mystery #1) by Julie Hyzy (Goodreads Author)

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
I enjoyed the book, and I'll probably read the next one but I am by no means in love with the book or the character and it would definitely be easier to list for you the flaws with this book than the pros.

While I truly liked Grace and I really do enjoy a slow "this is real life" pace in a book from time to time I found that none of the other characters felt realistic. All the secondary characters were cookie cutters or tropes/stereotypes. There were opportunities to give them dimension and yet t
First time reading Hyzy's work. I liked this book. I'm usually able to predict who the killer is but Hyzy kept me guessing. There were so many potential suspects in this mystery. I liked that there were all these twists & turns. When the killer was revealed, I didn't see that one coming!

I also really like the main character, Grace Wheaton. She's smart, sensible woman who acts with integrity & compassion throughout the book. If she has flaws they are minor ones that every ordinary person
Aurian Booklover
Wow, I am glad I did not read this blurb before reading the book, as it really does no justice to the book. After devouring her White House Chef series, I needed more Julie Hyzy, so I am now diving into her “Grace” series. And this first book was a really nice start.

When her mother got ill, Grace moved back home to Emberstowne to take care of her. Now her mother has died, and left her with the giant house and a wash list of necessary repairs. When her fiancée found out that was all she got as an
Grace Wheaton, the new assistant curator at Marshfield Manor was hired to bring in some new blood. She adores the mansion and all the antiques within. She deals calmly with a crisis in the tea room but the murder of her superior leaves her a bit stuck. By default, she should be in charge, but the old-time staff are resistant to change and feel Grace is meddling where she doesn't belong. The security staff, also new, are overworked so Grace decides to help them out and solve the mystery herself. ...more
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Grace grew up around Marshfield manor and has always wanted to work there, and she finally has become the assistant curator for the manor. Then the head curator Abe is found killed in the manor and all sorts of problems fall to Grace. She might have wanted that job but she would never kill for it.

She has to try and figure out who might have the most to gain by killing Abe, or was it even Abe who was the target as it could have been the owner of the house Bennet Marshfield. She has her hands full
Melvin Rodríguez-Rodríguez
A nice little cozy mystery with a good tangle of a plot that kept me guessing till the end. Grace is a wonderful, likable character; an assistant curator who has to take her boss' job when someone kills him. The rest of the characters were also interesting and real, like Mr. Marshfield, Grace's roommates, the policemen and specially busybody Frances, which gave the novel a lot of funny moments. The mansion felt like a real museum and a real workplace for Grace. If anything, some chapters were a ...more
I found this a tidy little cozy that was absent so many of the things that go wrong in cozies (cats, obvious/annoying nosiness, character you never believe holds any jobs, knitting/quilting/crafting/chocolate obsession, etc.). There were all sorts of lines for where the characters could go in the future that seemed interesting. As a stand alone book, it was a bit weak. There was not much character development or resolution, the mystery, of course, wasn't well plotted and a bit of a throwaway. Th ...more
This book & series have potential. It's very different from Hyzy's White House mysteries, and the inkling of a romance really doesn't appear until the end, but the flow of the story was good and the character development really strong. Grace solidifies her position in the mansion, despite nosy Frances' attempts to cast dispersions on her efforts. I liked Earl's sweetness, Bennett's stalwart gentility, and Jack's earnest personality. And Grace's roomies Scott & Bruce are amazing! I didn't ...more
I really enjoy the White House Chef cozy series from this author and had been meaning to give this second series a try for a while. So glad I did! I may like this one even more than the chef series. Grace Wheaton works as a curator at a local mansion/museum and I really enjoyed the day to day details of her role. I found this one to have interesting and memorable characters and a healthy dose of a problematic past. I enjoyed getting to know Grace, her housemates, her coworkers and the understand ...more
Nice cozy book set in a manor book where the main character is employed as the main problem solver and lives with two gay men who own their own wine shop.
Grace is the newly appointed assistant curator of a lovely estate called Marshfield Manor. Only a few weeks into her probationary period the chief curator is killed and Grace must step into the job. How she handles the pressure, learns the job and deals with accusations from staff while the police consider her a suspect make an interesting story. – This is the first in a new series by the author. She previously has written a series of books about a White House Chef (see next book) and a series m ...more
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Author of the White House Chef Mystery series, including the 2009 Anthony and Barry Award-winning State of the Onion.
Books in the series:
State of the Onion
Hail to the Chef
Eggsecutive Orders
Buffalo West Wing
Affairs of Steak
Fonduing Fathers
Home of the Braised

Also author of the Manor House Mystery series:
Grace Under Pressure
Grace Interrupted
Grace Among Thieves
Grace Takes Off
Grace Against the Clock

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Other Books in the Series

Manor House Mystery (6 books)
  • Grace Interrupted (Manor House Mystery, #2)
  • Grace Among Thieves (Manor House Mystery, #3)
  • Grace Takes Off (Manor House Mystery, #4)
  • Grace Against the Clock (Manor House Mystery, #5)
  • Grace Cries Uncle (A Manor House Mystery, #6)
State of the Onion (A White House Chef Mystery, #1) Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery, #2) Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery, #3) Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery, #4) Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery, #5)

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