Sunday, July 18, 2010
Made it this time!
by Grace Wheaton
of GRACE UNDER PRESSURE (by Julie Hyzy)
Before I get started, let me apologize for missing my spot last month. I suppose I should be grateful that Ronny Tooney stepped in on my behalf to alert you all to my disappearance, but it's difficult to be grateful to Ronny for anything. He wanted me to hire him to look into the murder, but that's a job for the Emberstowne detectives, not an amateur sleuth.
Of course, thanks to my author, that's what people are calling me now. I had no intention of solving a mystery. I came here for family reasons and started working at Marshfield Manor just recently. It's a gorgeous, 150 room mansion that also serves as a popular tourist destination. We have a hotel on the premises, and wonderful artifacts and priceless antiques I can't wait to catalog. That is, when I find the time!
You see, the head curator and director of Marshfield Manor, Abe Vargas, was murdered in Bennett Marshfield's study. Unfortunately, a concurrent (and major) crime in a nearby town required task force efforts more than our single murder did, so it was left up to Emberstowne's finest to find Abe's killer. It really isn't their fault that they have no on-the-job experience. For the most part Emberstowne is idyllic, quiet. It's a tourist town with Marshfield Manor as its crowning jewel.
Anyway, when the detectives stalled in their investigation I tried helping out a little. But believe me, I had no intention of interfering with their work. None. It just so happened that...
Wait... rather than have me explain the whole situation, maybe you can just pick up Grace Under Pressure and read all about it. You'll meet my acerbic assistant, Frances (she isn't reading this, is she?), Bennett Marshfield, who owns the manor and lives there too, and Jack Embers...
Hmm....What can I tell you about Jack? He's very good-looking, and he seems like a great guy. There's just something behind his eyes though, something I can't put my finger on. Secrets...
Maybe one of these days, when he and I finally get out on a date without my roommates along for company, I'll find out what he's hiding. Wish me luck!
Thanks for stopping by here today. I hope you visit Marshfield soon.
Come for the tour... Stay for the murder...