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Grace Under Pressure (Manor House Mystery #1)

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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 so
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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2010)
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Myhotstylist
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
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Kate
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
Sabrina
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
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Ronna
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
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Bird
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
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Sapphyria
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
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Suzanne
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
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Hannah
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
Grey853
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,
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John
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
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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
Shana
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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Hazel
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
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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
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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
Julie
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
Marty
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
Ann Boytim
Grace Wheaton is working at Marshfield Manor a place where she loved to visit in her childhood. Grace is the assistant curator and unfortunately the curator Abe is murdered and Bennett Marshfield the owner feels guilty that this happened as he is the one who was being blackmailed and he feels the murderer somehow made a mistake. Grace starts to investigate the murder and finds a secret room and passage in the Manor. Security is very lax and people get in and out without being challenged before t ...more
Fred
Another great book from Julie Hyzy.
Tess
Julie Hyzy is definitely an author to be watched. Be it either Grace and the beautiful mansion or Ollie engaging us with her humorous antic in the kitchen of the White House, anytime Julie has a new book released I can barely wait to get my hands on it. As I'm reading one of Julie's books, I get the feeling that I have come home.


FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my revi
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Michelle
This is the first book in the Manor House cozy mystery series. Unlike most cozies, this one does not contain any supplemental material. The book introduces us to Grace, who has become the assistant curator of the Manor and its collection. She has loved the house and grounds since she was a little girl. The book opens with her defusing a tense situation in the dining area, which we later learned was a planned diversion for a far more serious crime. When circumstances lead her to take over as head ...more
Debbie
"Grace Under Pressure" is the first cozy mystery in a series. I read the second novel in the series and liked it enough to read this one, too.

While all the needed clues were there to guess "whodunit" at about the same time Grace did, the whodunit wasn't obvious. I also wasn't entirely clear why the person thought Mr. Marshfield owed them money. Someone did, yes, but not really Marshfield. The suspense was mainly created by the tensions of Grace's job--working with difficult people and customers-
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Michelle Randall
At the library the other day, I picked up 5 books by this author, the two in this series and three in the White House series, in which I had read the first. I was sitting in the car at Boy Scouts trying to decide, do I read book two of White House or start the other. Well, since there were only two books, I started this one.

I loved this book. The history and grace of a large old Manor House full of art and treasures is amazing, and the way thing are decribed and detailed is wonderful, I can almo
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Kari Anderson
Grace Wheaton has her dream job, well not exactly, but is next in line for her dream job at Marshfield Manor. Grace is the assistant curator at the place she has loved since she was a young girl. She remembers spending time at the Manor with her mom and that her grandmother used to work there. She moved from her childhood love, but was drawn back when her mother got ill and died.



The book begins with a crazy outburst during tea, but that’s nothing but a distraction to the real drama going on ups
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Matt
Already a Julie Hyzy fan, it was a pleasure to read her other series, equally as light fare as the White House Chef books and filled with as much fast-paced action. As I mentioned in the other series' reviews, these are not heavy books to expand the mind, but more to entertain and provide some character development. The opening book of this series does just that, letting us into the world of old money, antiques, and a quirky main character who finds herself in the middle of murder. That said, I ...more
Julie H.
The cover art and series title (i.e., "A Manor House Mystery") suggested that Grace Under Pressure would be the first in a series of cozy mysteries set in some sort of historic house. Given that I am not a fan of the cozy mystery, as a genre, I want to give a quick shout out to any likeminded folks who do enjoy mysteries, museums, or even reside in a 100 (or so) year old home and are familiar with their quirks and seemingly never-ending maintenance needs.

The mystery isn't overly complicated and
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Cheryl "Mash"
Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy
Published by The Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-0-425-23521-8
At the request of Kaye Publicity, a PB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (back of book): Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, and letters are coming in daily from those claiming to be poor relations. The elderly, reclusive heir trusts no one but his aged curator, Abe. But when Abe is killed in a case of mistaken identity, the tide change
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Dalene
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
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Author of the White House Chef Mystery series, including the 2009 Anthony and Barry Award-winning State of the Onion.
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  • Grace Takes Off (Manor House Mystery, #4)
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