Grace Wheaton is about to undergo a DNA test to find out one
way or another if her boss and year friend, Bennett Marshfield
is actually her uncle. If he is, this would change many things
about their relationship, including plans for his estate.
Grace wants nothing more than she already has from Bennett.
She loves her job as curator at Marshfield Manor, and she
loves him. It has nothing to do with the estate or money,
and it's taken Bennett awhile to get her to agree to the testing.
Naturally, her scheming, untrustworthy, money-hungry
sister, Liza, shows up soon after the test is administered,
and she brings a big bag of trouble with her. Liza had run
away some time ago with Grace's fiancè, the equally
untrustworthy Eric Soames. Eric and Liza lived foot-loose
lifestyles, with Eric often on the wrong side of the law.
This time, however, it appears he got in over his head and
dragged Liza with him.
When a fake FBI agent appears on Grace's doorstep
and is later found dead in a neighbor's yard, Grace vows to
let the police solve this crime without her help. Yet as more
things happen, and Bennett begins to act secretive, Grace
realizes she may have to get into the game if she hopes to
save Bennett's life as well as, reluctantly perhaps, her sister's.
Lucky for Grace she has good housemates, a great neighbor
(who also works for Bennett), and an assistant, Frances, who
may be pushy, but is no pushover.
I've always enjoyed this series, and am thrilled
that it keeps getting stronger and better. Hyzy's style of
writing and the depth of her characters keep me reading chapter
after chapter without a break. The mysteries are engaging,
and I find myself so deeply absorbed that my reading time
flies by all too quickly.
Cozy mystery lovers who like a smart story,
with realistic characters, and a clever use of language will
not want to miss “Grace Cries Uncle.”