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Grace Among Thieves
Manor House Mystery #3
Julie Hyzy

Berkley Prime Crime
June 2012/ 978-0-425-25139-3
Mystery /Cozy / Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Grace Wheaton has landed her dream job. She loves working at Marshfield Manor as the curator and manager. Her job is never routine or dull, and she relishes that. Unfortunately, murder has once again infiltrated the hallowed halls of the manor, and Grace can't sit still and wait for more violence to happen.

Julie Hyzy does a fantastic job of spinning a believable yarn. I was hooked before page five, and didn't want to put the book down even when my eyes grew tired. The Manor House Mystery series has hit its stride and I find that although I start out feeling like a visitor to the manor, by the middle of the books I feel as though Grace and I are old friends, and she is telling me the stories of mischief and mayhem in a long letter.

With a rash of thefts at the manor and a film crew documenting the workings of the estate, Grace is kept on her toes to keep things running smoothly. Bennett Marshfield, the owner of the manor, has personal troubles as well, in the form of his step-daughter, Hillary. Hillary is up to something, be it flirting with the film director or possibly stealing items of value. Once again, Grace wants to be the one to discover what is going on and set things straight.

Grace Among Thieves is yet another stellar entry in a wonderful series. It is a fine read as a stand-alone, but I do recommend that you get the whole series so you can get to know the characters and watch their development.

Previous books in this series:

Grace Under Pressure, 1
Grace Interrupted, 2 [review]

Reviewer Laura Hinds is the author of Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?
Reviewed 2012