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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241905
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Hyzy is the New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries. She's won the Anthony, Barry, Derringer, and Lovey Awards for her novels and short stories. Her first Manor House Mystery, Grace Under Pressure, earned a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

MANOR HOUSE MYSTERIES
Grace Under Pressure
Grace Interrupted
Grace Among Thieves
Grace Takes Off
Grace Against The Clock (summer, 2014)

WHITE HOUSE CHEF MYSTERIES
State of the Onion
Hail to the Chef
Eggsecutive Orders
Buffalo West Wing
Affairs of Steak
Fonduing Fathers
Home of the Braised

Originally published in hardcover books now available on KINDLE:

Artistic License (standalone romantic suspense)
Deadly Blessings (first in Alex St. James series)
Deadly Interest (second in Alex St. James series)
Dead Ringer (book two-and-a-half in the Alex St. James series, co-written with author Michael A. Black)

Also on KINDLE
Short Story Collection, Volume 1
Writing Dialogue
Deadly Shorts, Alex St. James short stories

Available on KINDLE - under the N.C. Hyzy pseudonym (decidedly less cozy!):
Playing With Matches
Mystery Short Stories, Volume 1
Tracer's Blues

And, under the S.F. Hyzy pseudonym - Science Fiction shorts
Science Fiction Short Stories, Volume 1

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on June 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Grace Interrupted, the second in Julie Hyzy's Manor House Mystery series, returns the reader to stately Marshfield Manor and its intriguing cast of characters. The estate is currently playing host to a group of Civil War re-enactors. When one of the participants, notorious womanizer Zachary Kincade, is murdered, manor curator and director Grace Wheaton decides to conduct her own investigation into his death. Unfortunately, Grace's search for Zachary's killer interferes with her budding romance with landscape architect Jack Embers, a suspect in Zachary's murder.

Any cozy mystery reader will be delighted with this newest entry in the series. Hyzy makes Marshfield Manor come alive with her description of the grand mansion and its picturesque grounds. And the characters she's created are just as captivating: newly hired Grace is charming and independent; Bennett Marshfield, owner of the manor, is a kind but lonely man; and Grace's assistant Frances is both irritating and indispensible. I was given an advance copy of this book to read and review, and it is my pleasure to say that I truly enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it to any mystery reader.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Grace Interrupted" is a well-written mystery. It's the second in a series, but you can follow this one without having read the first novel, and this novel doesn't spoil the mystery in the first one (though it does spoil other events).

There were actually two murders to solve: one that's thirteen years old and one that just happened. I was able to correctly guess "whodunit" for both mysteries before the "reveal," but whodunit wasn't obvious. (Many people hated the murdered men, and it seemed like they all had alibis!)

The characters were varied, complex, and likable. They dealt with realistic issues alongside the mystery (like how living under the suspicion of murder for years had messed up a family). The details about the job, Civil War re-enacting, and the Manor and small town setting were skilfully woven into the story and brought it alive in my imagination.

There were no sex scenes. There was a minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this well-written, enjoyable mystery.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Part manor house and part museum, Marshfield Manor is a tourist attraction that brings in millions of dollars to the town. Grace Wheaton is in charge of the building and frequently is called to defuse fights between guests. One of the guests Zachery sets his eyes on David Embers and attacks him thinking he is his brother Jack who he believes killed his baby brother for stalking a Kincaide sister.

When the brawl ends, each walks away hurt but breathing. Jack, who has tried to date Grace, tells her the entire story; she believes he is innocent. Her belief is shattered when Zachery is found murdered in a field near where Civil War re-enactors have set up camp. The police look at Jack as the prime suspect just like they did years ago when Zachery's brother was murdered. Considering what she knows about Jack, she decides he did not kill either Kincaide. As such she decides to investigate the two related homicides, but what she concludes is so horrific she cannot believe her assertion; even the police have trouble dealing with Grace's belief when she explains it to them. Tthe killer remains free to harm more people.

The second Manor of Murder Mystery (see Grace Under Pressure) is a family drama as much as a murder mystery; as the two deaths link two bitter clans. Readers will agree with the heroine that selecting the culprit is difficult because both families consist of damaged people never fully moving passed thirteen years ago only to feel an eerie déjà vu. After a brief doubt, Grace knows in her soul that Jack is innocent of both horrible crimes, but proving it by finding the culprit seems just out of reach. Julie Hyzy provides an engaging complex amateur sleuth enhanced by a strong cast of suspects.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By London Fog on June 19, 2011
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Grace Interrupted was an exceptionally fun mystery revolving around a Civil War re-enactor found dead inside historic Marshfield Manor. Of course, Zachary Kincade has more than a few enemies lined up and waiting to do him some damage...

The first thing that caught my attention was how well written this was. The dialogue was snappy, witty, and fresh - this was the first Southern cozy I've read and made me take an instant liking to them, it was so well done! The author has a definite talent for spinning an intriguing plot that grabs your attention and made guessing "whodunit" more of a challenge than I expected. I was guessing until the end, and that doesn't often happen. The background elements like Graces's romance with Jack was not overdone and I found the author's knack for description a joy to read. In fact, I ended up loving it so much that even though this book was loaned to me, I'm planning on buying a new copy because this is one mystery that's meant to be read multiple times!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 15, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
We were introduced to Marshfield Manor in Grace Under Pressure.

In Grace Interrupted a group of Civil War re-enactors takes over the grounds of the Manor. The group seems very genuine trying to keep the camp as true to the era as possible, except there are some more "farby" than others.

Unfortunately one of the re-enactors, Zachary Kincade, left his bride basically at the altar and two of her friends show up at the Manor to inflict a little of their own pain on him, but Grace handles that skirmish nicely only to become involved in another when she learns that Kincade has a past connection to two of the Manor's employees. Another fight breaks out where Grace has to intervene. With those two battles handled she expects smooth sailing for the rest of the event.

Wrong, she receives a call to return to the grounds as someone has been murdered. Yes, the dead man is none other than Zachary Kincade and Grace feels the war has just begun. Police have overtaken the grounds taking the Civil War participants back to current time and decide that one of the Manor's employees is definitely the killer. Grace cannot help but to get involved as the suspect is a man she just may become romantically involved with if they can ever get around their obligations to actually go on a date. Can Grace camp out and find the real killer without putting herself in the line of fire? She has to because she has a new friend waiting for her at home.

LOVED IT so much!!! I fell for these characters in the first book and they continue to evolve in this book. Frances in the assistant we all love to hate. Jack is the hunk we all just love. Bennett is the grandfather we would all love to have.
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