Grace Interrupted is a cute and fun mystery with a likeable heroine. The author's writing style makes it a quick and enjoyable read. There were severaGrace Interrupted is a cute and fun mystery with a likeable heroine. The author's writing style makes it a quick and enjoyable read. There were several times when I meant to stop reading at the end of a chapter but then the author would throw in a cliff-hanger and I would have to keep reading. The characters are all realistically drawn and it is this complexity of character that gives the book its depth.
However, there were a few points that stopped this being a really great book. Firstly, a good murder mystery should have lots of twists and turns that stop the reader from guessing who the murderer is (which Ms. Hyzy managed to do perfectly in Grace Under Pressure). But I had managed to work it out about halfway through the novel and this did spoil the ending for me.
Also, I found the relationship between Grace and Jack Embers to be confusing to say the least. They meet in the first book in the series and they go on their first date roughly halfway through this book (and this is the only date they go on), but Grace seems to talk about him and think about him as if he is her boyfriend. He lets her down several times and she always makes excuses for him and forgives him at the drop of a hat. I would think that it would be easy for her to walk away from the situation seeing as she hardly knows Jack. Instead she acts in a way that makes her come across as slightly desperate and needy. This weakness of hers just seems to really stand out as she is strong in so many other ways.
Summary - Despite these reservations about the book, I still enjoyed Grace Interrupted and I think that fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy the great characters and beautiful setting. It is a quick read that will keep you entertained, even if it is a bit predictable.
I must admit to having mixed feelings towards the main character, Grace. For the most part I did like her and found her to be very capable in her jobI must admit to having mixed feelings towards the main character, Grace. For the most part I did like her and found her to be very capable in her job and a loyal friend with the patience of a saint (there were a few times where I would have given her assistant, Frances, a slap, but Grace always managed to deal with her with incredible composure)! However, there were just a few moments where I couldn’t help thinking that Grace looked down on some of the people around her and felt that she was somehow better than them. But the fact that Grace isn’t perfect did make her a more believable character in my eyes.
The mystery aspect of the novel was well thought out and well written. I was absolutely certain that I knew who had committed the murder and it wasn’t until the last couple of chapters that I realised I was completely wrong, and it was somebody I hadn’t even considered. I love it when I read a mystery that is able to surprise me like this, as often it can be obvious from early on who the perpetrator is.
I really enjoyed Julie Hyzy’s style of writing. It flowed well and was easy to read, with the author easily switching between the action elements of trying to solve a murder and the beautiful descriptions of Marshfield Manor and its grounds.
Summary - Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, with suspense, lots of twists, and well-rounded characters. ...more