Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Grace Among Thieves- Julie Hyzy

Grace Among Thieves

Julie Hyzy

Berkley Prime Crime, Jun 5 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425251393

In Emberstowne, North Carolina, Grace Wheaton manages Marshfield Manor, a combination manor house and museum that is a popular tourist attraction. Security chief Terrence Carr is concerned with recent thefts while Grace worries about the drop in tourism due to the recession.

Currently there is a movie being made to immortalize the manor while the owner Bennett Marshfield’s stepdaughter Hillary Singletary is back causing trouble for the filmmaker Corbin Shaw. Bennett suspects Hillary is the thief. Grace follows Lenore Honore when the petit woman enters a forbidden area. Terrance, followed by others, arrives. Not long afterward the corpse of Lenore is found in an off limit area; Terence tells Grave, the victim was pushed to her death. While Corbin is attracted to Grace (while Jack seemingly is not anymore), she investigates the murder and the thefts.

The third Manor House Mystery (see Grace Under Pressure and Grace Interrupted) is an engaging twisting amateur sleuth. The case is fun due to the eccentric staff and Lenore the spoiled nudnik who come alive under Grace’s inquiry. Cozy fans will enjoy visiting the North Carolina mountains with Grace as our guide.

Harriet Klausner

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