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Grace Under Pressure (Manor House Mysteries)by Julie Hyzy
Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of the Manor House Mysteries and the White House Chef Mysteries shows how a blast from the past can spell trouble for Grace Wheaton
When Graces estranged sister Liza shows up on her doorstep, the timing couldnt be worse. Graces beloved boss and benefactor, Bennett Marshfield, has finally gotten her to agree to a DNA test to establish if he is, in fact, her uncle. If so, Grace would move from being the trusted curator and manager of Marshfield Manor to Bennetts heir. And her duplicitous sister would be right behind her in the line of inheritance.
Liza is not the only mysterious visitor to arrive in town. A man claiming to be an FBI agent has shown up, and a swarm of avaricious antique collectors have descended on Emberstowne for a prestigious convention. When Bennett reveals hes in mind to acquire a secret antique and the FBI agent turns up dead, the plot thickens. And Grace cant help but wonder if Liza is at the center of it all
"Launching the Manor of Murder series with plenty of thrills and laughs, Hyzy (the White House Chef mysteries) creates the well-researched and believable estate of Marshfield Manor, part mansion and part museum. As assistant curator Grace Wheaton is handling a loud disturbance in the tea room, gunshots ring out from the fourth floor. Head curator Abe is killed, and the murderer mysteriously vanishes from the study. When billionaire Bennett Marshfield reveals that he's been receiving threatening letters from someone who might be the killer, Grace undertakes an amateur investigation, which includes looking into a local Ponzi scheme and her own family secrets. Well-drawn characters like busybody secretary Frances, handsome landscape architect Jack, and stalking wannabe PI Ronny are supported by lively subplots, laying series groundwork to rival Marshfield Manor's own elaborate structure. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When Marshfield Manor hosts a charity event, Grace Wheaton, the mansions curator and manager, is happy to lend a helping hand—until a killer makes an unwanted donation
With the town clock in desperate need of repair, local lawyer Joyce Swedburg and her ex-husband, Dr. Leland Keay, are trying to put their differences aside to organize a benefit at Marshfield Manor to raise money to restore the beautiful timepiece. While Grace appreciates the opportunity to support such a good cause, the tension between the unhappy exes is giving her the urge to put both of the organizers in time out.
But after Leland collapses on stage during the festivities, poisoned, Grace suspects there was more going on behind the scenes. Now, shes in a race to catch a ticked off murderer, and, if shes going to prevent anyone else from getting hurt, every second will count
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 sour grapes out for revenge.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy writes the White House Chef mysteries, including Home of the Braised, Fonduing Fathers, and Affairs of Steak, and the Manor House Mysteries, including Grace Takes Off, Grace Among Thieves, and Grace Interrupted, for Berkley Prime Crime. She has won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for her work. A native Chicagoan, she thoroughly enjoys researching her books, especially when traveling to exciting new places is involved.
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