Saturday, June 18, 2011

Grace Interrupted by Julie Hyzy

Hello All,

Grace Interrupted is an excellent title for the second Manor House Mystery by Julie Hyzy. Poor Grace is constantly interrupted as she goes about her job as Marshfield Manor's curator.

Marshfield Manor's grounds are serving as an encampment for a group of Civil War re-enactors. One of the group's members, about to be promoted to general, is killed after fighting with the Manor's gardener, Jack, and his brother, Zachary. As the police work the case from the outside, Grace sends the nosiest person she knows, her secretary Frances, undercover into the encampment. A lot of information is discovered, but Jack remains the main suspect.

Ms. Hyzy takes the reader into the beautiful Marshfield Manor and what it takes to run an tourist estate; additionally she takes the reader to a Civil War encampment and all the details involved with re-enacting. Grace and all the characters are fleshed-out, interesting, intelligent and humorous. They are an enjoyable group to spend time with, and I look forward to Grace's next adventure.

I think the titles are very appropriate for this book, Grace Interrupted, and the first in the series, Grace Under Pressure. Hmmm, maybe based on these titles Grace needs a vacation. Just until the next book comes out!

Happy Reading!
Patti