Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grace to the Finish {+ Giveaway}

Grace to the Finish by Julie Hyzy
◊ Series: A Manor House Mystery, Book 8
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Berkley (June 27, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425281639
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425281635


The New York Times bestselling author of the Manor House Mysteries and the White House Chef Mysteries returns with a mix of murder and mayhem for curator Grace Wheaton.

Now that Grace Wheaton has officially been named heir to Bennett Marshfield’s fortune, her usually busy schedule has become a juggling act. In addition to her duties at Marshfield Manor, she’s bankrolling her roommates’ refurbished wine shop, Amethyst Cellars. Grace is excited to check out the rustic space with Bruce and Scott. But that excitement turns to dismay when they stumble upon the body of the banker involved with the sale. 
Grace wants to get to the bottom of this mystery quickly so that her friends’ new venture isn’t overshadowed by an unsolved murder, but she’s got even more to balance when her troubled sister, Liza, is released from prison early. Liza’s first stop is Marshfield Manor and her first priority is grabbing a bite of Bennett’s fortune for herself. Grace has to keep her greedy sister at bay and catch a killer before her new life comes crashing down around her.

One of the many things I enjoy about author Julie Hyzy’s characters is how realistic they are.

Hyzy gives us characters we can care about and worry with as we would real friends. She puts them in situations we can relate to and some we can’t. The characters have developed over time and grown as we come to cherish them more with each new adventure.

GRACE TO THE FINISH moves at a good pace and holds your attention from beginning to end. The setting draws you in as you want to know more. Grace is faced with a number of issues that make for interesting twists and turns.

New readers can follow the story without a problem. Returning fans will be delighted to catch up with these intriguing characters. This is an enjoyable read that will keep you entertained and guessing at the same time.

Grace to the Finish by Julie Hyzy, Manor House Mystery (Book #8), Berkley, @2017, ISBN: 978-0425281635, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of GRACE TO THE FINISH by Julie Hyzy to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, June 30.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do like to have characters involved in more than one activity at a time?


  1. Yet another cosy series which is new to me to enjoy. Megathanks.

  2. Oh, yes, the more going on the better, makes for a more interesting story line. Thanks for the chance :)

  3. Both of her series are wonderful and none of her books are to be missed~! I'd be delighted if I won.

  4. Hyzy really is a skilled writer, and I like it that she's got a couple of interesting series. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

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  6. YEA! Another great sounding cozy, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  7. This is a new to me author, but the story summary and your warm review has piqued my interest!
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  8. I am new to Julie Hyzy and her work. It has been fun exploring what is available from her, and this book seems a great place to start...Heir to a fortune? New wine shop? Murdered banker? All perfect for a cozy read!

  9. I LOVE this series. Also the White House Chef series. Julie Hyzy is one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to read this!

  10. I do like characters involved in more than one thing--when those things interfere or conflict with each other can cause problems or even hilarity.

  11. I have been meaning to read this series, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the chance to win one of the books.

  12. I think it's realistic when a character is involved in more than one thing.

  13. Yes, I don't mind that they are involved with more than one thing. It can be realistic, especially when they help tie things together.

  14. Multiple things going on is fine, it can make things more interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.


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