I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Grace Takes Off by Julie Hyzy
Series: Manor House Mystery #4
Also in this series: Grace Under Pressure
Genres: Mystery & Detective
A trip to Italy’s Tuscan countryside is a dream come true for curator and manager of Marshfield Manor, Grace Wheaton. At least until her boss—and benefactor of this whirlwind excursion—becomes the target of a murderer
When Grace and her boss, Bennett Marshfield, turn up at the Italian villa of one of his oldest friends, they’re troubled to discover that most of his friend’s impressive art collection—including a prized bronze skull crafted by Picasso—is fake. Someone has been selling the real deals and replacing them with skilled forgeries.
Unfortunately, Grace and Bennett have to fly home the next day, so there’s no time to investigate. But their troubles are hardly over. On the plane, Grace catches a woman trying to poison Bennett. The woman, of course, isn’t talking, but by the end of the flight, there are two dead bodies. Now Grace has to wing it to find a mile-high murderer—especially since she suspects Bennett is still in danger.
Murder and mayhem at 30,000 feet
Thoughts on Grace Takes Off
Jenna: This has been my favorite of the series, so far.
Amanda: It’s been a while since I’ve read the previous books, but I felt like a lot of the action–except for the beginning in the airplane–happened elsewhere.
Jenna: As the book begins, Grace and Bennett have taken off for a European trip. Grace badly needs the break after three murders, a few close calls when it came to her personal safety, and a badly broken heart. Not to mention learning just who is going to be her new neighbor! (I won’t spoil it for you in case you haven’t finished reading book three!)
Amanda: I really enjoy the relationship between Bennett, Grace, and Grace’s new neighbor. That continuing story arc has been very interesting, and I’m hoping it continues in future books.
Jenna: Their last stop is in Italy to visit a long-time friend of Bennett’s. During their brief stay, Bennett notices that one of his friend’s priceless art treasures is a fake. He suspects that others may also be fake, but Grace and Bennett are due to leave Tuscany the next morning and they don’t have time to investigate. I really enjoyed the change of scenery for the opening of Grace Takes Off, followed by a long chunk of the tale taking place on their chartered flight home from Italy. I was originally thinking that the set-up to the plot for this installation would be brief, but a good half of the book is either set in Italy or in the air over the Atlantic.
Amanda: I confess I wanted more time in Italy. That was fun. And a lot of drama.
Jenna: Several familiar faces in this book, as well as some new and fun additions to the cast of characters. I especially like the character of Adam and I hope he is in future books.
Amanda: Grace was certainly suspicious of Adam at first, wasn’t she? While I thought her suspicion was over done, I don’t know that I’m sold on Adam. But then, I don’t really remember what happened in previous books, so that could be part of it too. Because I was hoping for something between Grace and Jack.
Jenna: To be honest, I don’t know what to make of Jack anymore. I think Grace should just write him off completely, but I also think that we’d miss something potentially great between the pair of them. I’m hoping for some resolution in the next book.
Jenna: Frances also continues to grow on me and I still want to know more about Grace’s roommates! They always seem to just dance along the sidelines of the story.
Amanda: I want to know what Frances does on the weekends. I feel like we’d know everything we need to if we knew that. But I love her meddling, gossipy ways. I missed the first book in this series, so I always figured the story of the roommates would be there and I just missed it. But it sounds like that’s not the case.
Jenna: Overall, Grace Takes Off was fast-paced and exciting. By the near-end, I was able to astound myself and my friends by, once again, correctly making a guess about the culprit. I continue to truly enjoy Julie Hyzy’s writing and books.
Amanda: *finger guns* I was able to guess who did it too.