This book was simply a fun cozy mystery.
Summary via Goodreads:
As curator and manager of the Marshfield Manor, Grace Wheaton is delighted to be part of the estate’s magnificent history, but no one told her solving murder was in her job description…
When Grace’s former professor calls to warn her that there have been a rash of thefts at various historical sites, Grace isn’t surprised—because Marshfield Manor has been targeted, too. She wonders if it has something to do with the film crew roaming the grounds, digitally immortalizing the manor, but then she gets distracted by an incident much more dire: the shooting of one guest and the murder of another.
Grace does her best not to go looking for trouble, but with a murderer on the loose, she can’t seem to leave the dirty work to the cops—especially since the killer still seems to be lurking around town, waiting to finish the job of making Grace history…
This was a fun read in a fairly typical cozy kind of way. Looking at my reviews of the previous 2 books, Grace Under Pressure and Grace Interrupted, this is something of a flashback to the first book for me– I enjoyed it, but nothing really stands out, or seems like it will stick with me.
Well, except the big scene at the end. I did find myself cheering Grace on and loving the way she was handling the situation, although I can’t say why without giving away more than I should.
Grace makes some typical cozy heroine mistakes along the way. The books are also developing the typical cozy problem of a perfectly innocent setting becoming a murder magnet. The characters are joking about it already… I’m guessing the next book will be set elsewhere, as this one leaves off with a trip in the works, but there’s a limit to how many dead bodies a normal person can encounter without it getting strange.
I’m satisfied with the handling of the characters, major and minor. The mystery was fine, by cozy mystery standards. I figured out most of the pieces, although I didn’t put them together.
I’d recommend reading these in order, although if you find yourself with this book in hand, you’ll be fine, although the characters might not be as likable without the more extended introductions before this book.
Thank you to Kaye Publicity for sending me Grace Among Thieves for review.