Gracie Cries Uncle by Julie Hyzy, while my first introduction to the Manor House Mystery series is actually the sixth part in the series. This is such a charming series and I am pleased to be able to make you award of it.
From the back of the book:
The New York Times bestselling author of the Manor House Mysteries and the White House Chef Mysteries shows how a blast from the past can spell trouble for Grace Wheaton…
When Grace’s estranged sister Liza shows up on her doorstep, the timing couldn’t be worse. Grace’s beloved boss and benefactor, Bennett Marshfield, has finally gotten her to agree to a DNA test to establish if he is, in fact, her uncle. If so, Grace would move from being the trusted curator and manager of Marshfield Manor to Bennett’s heir. And her duplicitous sister would be right behind her in the line of inheritance.
Liza is not the only mysterious visitor to arrive in town. A man claiming to be an FBI agent has shown up, and a swarm of avaricious antique collectors have descended on Emberstowne for a prestigious convention. When Bennett reveals he’s in mind to acquire a secret antique and the FBI agent turns up dead, the plot thickens. And Grace can’t help but wonder if Liza is at the center of it all…
This book has real character and instantly drew me in to lives of Grace and her friends. Bennett and Grace are awesome together and it is easy to cheer them on! I loved that there wasn't perfect relationships and there was complicated people just as you would find in real life and in real families. While you don't have to read the other parts, as I did not, after you get to know everyone you will probably want to.
There were layers of mystery to think about, with a murder and a black market ring to break up. I found that it unfolded at lovely pace and left me feeling not only satisfied but also hungry for more. I really liked the FBI agent and I sure hope, even though he didn't seem to be a core character, that he will be back again.
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