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Grace Under Pressure (Manor House Mystery #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,761 Ratings  ·  254 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 so
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley
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Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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 tried to like this, really, I did. It sounded right up my alley but it just didn't grab me and I did not finish it.

The characters in this did not engage me. They were either dull or unpleasant and I did not feel a connection to any of them. I find it hard to like a book where none of the characters are people I can feel a connection to.

Also, the story felt slow-moving and flat to me. Even though the murder happens right at the start, everything that comes next is S-L-O-W. Also, things felt cli
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
Great start to the series! I really like Grace and the other characters. The setting in a manor (that I'm comparing to the Biltmore in my head) was fun and different. The mystery was good with an exciting end. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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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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
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.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Julie Hyzy.
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.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace Wheaton, the assistant curator at the 150-room Marshfield Manor filled with priceless art in Julie Hyzy's Grace under Pressure, has just finished dealing with a troublemaker in an issue that required the use of all the security guards when a message comes over the radio that shots have been fired in Bennett Marshfield's office. Rushing up there along with Marshfield, Grace discovers that the curator, Abe Vargas, has been shot. Learning that Abe was scheduled to meet with Marshfield over a ...more
Tari Hann
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable mystery!

This was definitely a mystery with some great twists. The person I would have guessed wasn't the killer. I enjoyed all the characters and was glad to see Bennett warm up to Grace. I plan on continuing to read this series. Hopefully Jack and Grace will get to make up the date they missed!
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Good book. Great characters. I like Grace and Jack. The mystery was interesting and I was clueless as to who the killer was. The setting was good. I'd definitely read more in this series. :)
Julie H.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Kari Anderson
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2011

Forget lounging on the beach with a book. I find there's no better atmosphere for reading than a dreary, rainy day. Lucky for me, it was cold and rainy all of yesterday and I was off! ...which meant I took full advantage of some prime reading conditions.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to broaden my reading. For the most part, I stuck to a select few genres/subgenres and only strayed from my comfort zone for a class or if someone whose taste I trust re
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Grace Under Pressure, Grace Wheaton wanted to work at the Marshfield Manor ever since she was a little girl. Now she's getting her chance. She's recently acquired the position of assistant curator, but when the curator is killed, she assumes his role. She suspects that a Ponzi scheme and the nasty demanding letters that Bennett (the owner of Marshfield Manor) has been getting have something to do with the death, however, she's having a hard time convincing the understaffed police force of thi ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review of Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy


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
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
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
Michelle Randall
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
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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

More about Julie Hyzy...

Other Books in the Series

Manor House Mystery (8 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)
  • Grace Sees Red (A Manor House Mystery, #7)
  • Grace to the Finish (A Manor House Mystery, #8)