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4.0 out of 5 starsGrace is after a thief
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
(3.5 stars) This is the third book in the series. Grace has been dealing with a series of small thefts from the manor, when she is alerted by a friend and colleague that a similar situation at a different property led to a major theft. She is also dealing with a video crew making a documentary for the manor and the challenges of Bennet’s step daughter who has her own agenda. When a death and a shooting occur, Grace becomes more deeply involved in the investigation and finds herself romantically attracted to the shooting victim. She has decided to move on from her feelings for Jake. But will Grace be able to figure out the mystery before things become more deadly?
This series has the ability to make me anticipate a good mystery read even as I open the book to the 'Acknowledgments' page. I was not let down in my expectations.
Grace Wheaton is a docent and manager of Marshfield Manor, a home that has been opened to the public for enjoyment of the antiques and treasures collected and displayed within. They are open to individuals and tour groups that have interest. There is a small gift store and restaurant for the customers. Security is good, but, as we know, nothing and no location is one hundred percent secure.
Sadly, Grace and Mr. Marshfield find this out as a guest is pushed down a flight of stairs. As Grace and team speed to the site, we, the readers, quickly find out this crime is far more complex and dangerous than we already know.
Mixed into this spree of felonies is Grace's own heart. More is at stake than just the valuables that are hanging on the Manor's walls. Can Grace life and heart be saved?
This is a terrific series and this book continues the excitement from the first two novels. I highly recommend this book.
I've been a fan of Julie Hyzy's books all along--both Ollie Paras in the White House and Grace Wheaton at Marshfield Manor--so I was delighted to see this third volume in the Marshfield Manor series. Having survived two murders in a relatively short time at the mansion, Grace is early on in this book confronted with a third murder, an intricate robbery scheme, and a love affair gone wrong. The final scenes will have you biting your fingernails. Grace remains true to character, proves unexpectedly brave when all depends on it, and deepens her relationship with mansion owner Bennett as well as her likeable roommates, Scott and Bruce. She even sort of reaches a truce with her truculent assistant Frances. But will she ever straighten out her love life? This is one of those you hate to finish, but I hope we see more of Grace--and Ollie.
5.0 out of 5 starsHyzy Has a Heroine Hasty to Help!
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2015
Julie Hyzy never fails whether in writing about the troubles and trouble making of Olivia Paras, her adventuresome little White House chef (read them all) or Grace, her tall, willowy blonde (but not dumb) concierge of a major tourist attraction historical mansion set in the small-town North Carolina. I have downloaded all to my KIndle and have spent many happy hours traipsing through the mansion, walking in the gardens, or hiding in the mansions secret rooms with Grace. I've wished myself able to lend her a hand with my karate, but, alas, me and my black belt can't do a Harry Potter and jump in and out of the pages. Wish I could.
5.0 out of 5 starsWait to see How Long it takes Grace to get the Villain
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
The third book in the series. Lots of fun knowing who the villain is and waiting to see how long it will take Grace to figure it out. I admit, if I were Grace, I would not have known it either. A great addition to the series.
4.0 out of 5 starsPurchased the next two stories based on reading this book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2015
I enjoyed reading what for me was a new author. Grace is a youngish and intelligent woman who acts as a curator of museum quality homes. She is now working in a Manor, open to the public, owed by a wealthy older gentleman. She has quickly entered his good graces and he depends on her. However, it appears that she (like many of the cozy mysteries) seems to attract a negative element leading to murder. I like her personality, the descriptive aesthetics of the house, and her interaction with people involved in this story. It appears that she has one failing - she seems to pick the wrong guy on a personal level. I have purchased two more stories in the series based on the fact that I enjoyed this one.
5.0 out of 5 starsAny book by Julie Hyzy is a hit!
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2012
I have read just about all of Julie Hyzy's books and have NEVER been disappointed! Julie is one talented writer who lures you into her stories and leaves you wanting more. Grace Among Thieves is no exception! Once I finish the book I bring it to my 94 year old grandmother, yes, I said 94! She LOVES Julie's books and always asks me if I have pre-ordered the next book! Yes grandma, yes I have!! Grandma Mae loved Grace Among Thieves and to quote her, "I started it after you dropped it off around 5:00pm and finished it at 2:30 the next morning! I couldn't put it down!!" I don't think you can get a better recommendation that that!! Make sure you pick up a book by Julie Hyzy, you will NOT be disappointed!
Grace Among Thieves is Julie's third Marshfield Manor book and it is very possibly the best. She has weaved terrific twists and turns into the story and as always, keeps you engaged till the very end. In this book, Grace is dealing with the invasion of Marshfield Manor by a film crew who are making a marketing DVD for Marshfield, and at the same time a series of small thefts are taking place at the Manor. There is a murder and, of course, Grace ends up in the middle of it, but the twist that Julie accomplished with the investigation is fantastic, though I must admit I didn't want it to be the person it was. And the ending - too clever and funny. Great job, once again, Julie! Can't wait to begin the next adventure!