A guest post by Julie Hyzy.
How much more fun would it be to stride past the barricades, to push the precautionary velvet ropes aside? To wander the mansion on your own time, and to go wherever you like? Wouldn’t you enjoy the chance to explore the other rooms—those not offered on the standard tour—and to be able to peek into every captivating corner of the house? What about its hidden spaces and secret passages?
I welcome you to Marshfield Manor. Boasting more than 150 rooms, it has been the jewel of tiny Emberstowne since the Marshfields decided to make the town their home. When you visit Marshfield (by reading the Manor House books), you’ll be treated to life behind the scenes and you’ll meander through areas of the house that tourists don’t even realize exist.
Bennett Marshfield still lives in the mansion, up high above the tourist traffic. With no children of his own and no living blood relatives, he’s the last of the Marshfields.
Or is he?
Grace Wheaton came to work for Bennett several years ago. Over time, she’s become not only his number one assistant, but also his most trusted confidante. In the first of the Manor House series, Grace Under Pressure, a murder sets the story in motion. We not only learn what circumstances brought Grace back to Emberstowne, we join her on an unexpected path to uncovering family secrets.
In subsequent adventures, Grace Interrupted, Grace Among Thieves, Grace Takes Off,
When Grace Against the Clock, (the newest in the series) opens, Grace has settled into her role as head curator and manager of the enormous estate. Another murder occurs—this time during a party at Marshfield, amid dozens of guests¾under Grace’s watch. No one witnessed an altercation and there is only one way in and out of the windowless room. An impossible scenario. Grace not only must discover how the deed was done, she needs to stop the killer before he or she strikes again.
I hope you’ll drop by Marshfield Manor soon. Come for the tour. Stay for the murder.
Please sign the guest book (comments) below. For those of you who have read the series, please let me know: What rooms in Marshfield Manor would you most want to explore on your next visit?
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