Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 1) by Fiona Grace Book Summary
"Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!"
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor)
MURDER IN THE MANOR (A LACEY DOYLE COZY MYSTERY—BOOK 1) is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by Fiona Grace.
Lacey Doyle, 39 years old and freshly divorced, needs a drastic change. She needs to quit her job, leave her horrendous boss and New York City, and walk away from the fast life. Making good on her childhood promise to herself, she decides to walk away from it all, and to relive a beloved childhood vacation in the quaint English seaside town of Wilfordshire.
Wilfordshire is exactly as Lacey remembers it, with its ageless architecture, cobblestone streets, and with nature at its doorstep. Lacey doesn’t want to go back home—and spontaneously, she decides to stay, and to give her childhood dream a try: she will open her own antique shop.
Lacey finally feels that her life is taking a step in the right direction—until her new star customer turns up dead.
As the newcomer in town, all eyes are on Lacey, and it’s up to her to clear her own name.
With a business to run, a next-door neighbor turned nemesis, a flirty baker across the street, and a crime to solve – is this new life all that Lacey thought it would be?
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Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 1) (Fiona Grace) Book Reviews
Excellent, quick read!I couldn’t put it down! I loved getting know each of the characters and envisioning scenery. The twists mixed in with the wonderfully descriptive narrative make me feel like I’m part of the story. I’ve now read book 2 of the series as well, and can’t wait to get into the next!.HungryWife222Score: 5/5
Couldn’t stomach this bookTerrible writing, unrealistic characters, editing errors, lackluster plot, the list goes on. Even the vet scene was ridiculous. Microchips do not connect you to a police report to show you that the registered owners are deceased. I do not recommend wasting your time on this book..BluecrayfishScore: 1/5
Murder In the manorVery easy to read, a good beach book but with a twist..Annoyed for now.Score: 5/5
Thoroughly enjoyed it.First cozy mystery I have read and I enjoyed it..TkathleenScore: 4/5
My heartfelt gratitudeWell written. It’s a perfect book for me to read in bed. I actually read more of it during the day whenever I’m free. I think I’m getting that same enthusiasm I had before my life took a huge turn. Fell in love, suffered & now free again. I used to love to read novels. I graduated from romance, horror to crime dramas. From Barbara Cartland, Stephen King to James Patterson. Thank you. I look forward to reading more of her books..Beutipool PilingScore: 5/5
Good but....The author is driving me crazy. She keeps referring to the main character’s stove as an “Arga”. That’s a river in Spain, not the British appliance manufacturer, Aga! Get the details right. Then there are all the other errors in the text that affect the reading experience. Oh, and she likens puff pastry (a laminated dough) to scones (a biscuit dough). If she doesn’t cook, maybe she could get some advice so her scenarios are more believable.AuntSuzeScore: 2/5
Murder in the ManorLoved, loved, loved this Cozy Mystery! Lacey’s trip “trip across the pond” to rediscovery some fond memories throws her smack in the middle of a murder mystery! I really enjoyed the story..Janriv1Score: 5/5
SuspensefulI liked the storyline and it kept my interest. Good read on rainy days..Roda SueScore: 4/5
Murder in the ManorThis is a lighthearted mystery with likable “good guys” and “shady bad guys”. Enjoyable, short fun..U&lc TypeScore: 4/5
ChickenIt is amazing wmmdmcmene.Gucci in my buttScore: 5/5
Read this series!Love this series! Great writing whisks you quickly into the story. Strong, relatable characters, humor and mystery, enchanting scenery... Could not stop reading! If you enjoy a cozy evening curled up with a cup of tea and a book that unfolds with the whit and charm of a cherished old friend, look no further.Chelsea_HarbourScore: 5/5
Murder In The ManorA descriptive and easy read and it was free! Liked the characters. Lacey is blessed that everything seems to easily fall into place for her. There is a second book that this story leads up to..Lisa993Score: 4/5
When you think you’ve solved it…Great book! Every time I’d read a new clue I thought I had it figured out. I was guessing till the end and enjoyed ever moment!.KITKATKITTERROOScore: 5/5
Good readWell paced mystery with interesting characters. Other reviewers have noted the edit errors and so forth. Enjoy this as is. You’ll be satisfied..C'busScore: 4/5
Great book!I have really enjoyed reading a book about my county...I love mysteries. Please write more books, in the future..Fan of Alex CrossScore: 5/5
Fun mystery!Loved the characters. Loved the story and mystery. Good intro to Lacey Doyle and her world! Will read this authoress again for sure..GrandmaluOkScore: 5/5
New beginningsLacey felt an overwhelming sense of ending after receiving her divorce papers, an especial insult in the spousal support clause that her husband demanded two years support from her as the higher earning spouse. An impulse takes her back to a village where she had a final holiday with her mom and father. England is a chance for a new start, with a new business. Some tangled messes with her neighbors might shake her, but she and her doggy companion could well be on their way to a new and different life than they left behind. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout I bought a copy from Apple Books.Bend in like a BohemianScore: 4/5
It’s okIt’s an ok book. First it took several chapters before there was even a murder and then the suspects kept being changed over and over. Also some of the storylines were just too unbelievable..Sroberts65Score: 4/5
Awesome BookThis book is great!.Daxton JonesScore: 5/5
Murder in the ManorWonderfully written! Love the characters..DJW8417Score: 5/5
Top Notch!From the beginning to the end a wonderful read. The storyline was well written and believable and fast paced..William/39Score: 5/5
Murder at the manorGreat story, love how ever of its together!!.NazirastarfreedomScore: 5/5
Murder In The ManorReally enjoyed the book. I like a good murder mystery. And the characters. I felt like I was there amongst them. Thank you!.Pins4Score: 5/5
A who done it with a twistSurprisingly captivating I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It was over too soon. I can’t wait to see what the next book brings.Pat the rooferScore: 4/5
Great mysteryEnjoyed this book very much and am on to the second book!.WeimaranermamaScore: 5/5
Very goodOnce I started had trouble stopping, really enjoyed the novel. Thank you for offering the book for free..RLRScore: 5/5
Murder and MemoriesDivorce propels Lacy into drastic changes and choices resulting in a whole new life. This cozy mystery is original and unpredictable. It’s a good read..J TroutScore: 5/5
Murder in the ManorThis story keeps you entertained! The twists and turns it takes keeps you hooked trying to figure out just who did the murder..MltinboiScore: 5/5
Good readFun story. Easy read. Nice description of setting and characters..EldoradoMomScore: 4/5
Great book!A great story, well written with a plot that really draws you in..FireStorm457Score: 5/5
Super cute. Really enjoyedGreat starter for a series. Really like Lacey and hope to follow her in future books..Kimbo1216Score: 4/5
Murder in the Manor5 STARS ⭐️ 🌟⭐️ 🌟⭐️ Excellent!!! Intense!!! Edgy!!! Fiona Grace is an exceptional author/writer!!! 1st iBook in this series of Seaside Harbor. And, surprisingly, it was free!!! I felt like I was right along side of Lacey. Mystery, with a little romance, set in England, the story/plot kept building up the suspense. As the characters developed, I found myself reading for longer periods of time. I did not notice any typos. If they were present, they did not deter from my concentration of devoured reading!!! Many twists and turns kept me intrigued that I ended up reading this story in 2 nights! I am looking forward to buying and reading the rest of this series. Fiona Grace—please keep up your fantastic various types of stories!!! I had read another different iBook of hers recently. And, it was also great. You, Fiona, do not disappoint this new reader and new fan of yours!!! 🐰🐰🐰🐰🐰.Bun Brrabbid LopScore: 5/5
Murder in the manorThe writing was a little simplistic but the plot was very good. It was @ bit unbelievable at how quick an American could open a shop in England and get a work visa. I just overlooked that. Thanks, g.GweneethScore: 4/5
IntriguingIt was a fun book set an a unique setting with wonderful characters that made me smile and laugh..Tigr1knobScore: 5/5
Fell in love!I fell in love with the town, a dog, an American and all the others along the way! Can’t wait to see what happens next....Donbon004Score: 5/5
Good plotGood plot an enjoyable read.Find one for meScore: 4/5
Worth readingGreat read. Good author. Looking forward to more of her books.Leg67Score: 5/5
Murder in the ManorGreat start to a new series. I was engaged through the whole thing!.Send review 2Score: 5/5
AmbivalentI really enjoyed the start of the book: the characters and the situation were engaing. However, after the murder, this was just one more mystery where the cops are incompetent, the heroine has flights of fancy that solve the murder and the heroine’s friends have shallow reactions to the accusations she mistakenly makes. It’s very frustrating that an otherwise interesting story relied on such hackneyed tricks. However it was very nice that the book wasn’t full of typos and grammatical errors..TgrrrrrScore: 3/5
Lacey’s new life!This book kept me guessing until the end! The cliffhanger in the end makes reading book 2 inevitable!.Lon Chaney JrScore: 5/5
Very entertaining readingThis book is one I enjoyed reading very much. It is a well written book. A mystery that kept me wanting to read..JudydokotaScore: 5/5
Time to go KarenThis is duckica.Duck lover 27Score: 1/5
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Can’t help praisingA very good piece of work done by author. Characters were pretty interesting along with the story. Final few chapters were more interesting that others and they gave the story a pretty good ending. the part about Lacey’s stomach rumble was annoying to me. But the story was really satisfying. I really liked it..Bruh82Score: 4/5
ExcitingLoved this book & excited its part of a series. Couldn’t put this down..BombeccaScore: 5/5
Murder in the ManorThis was a wonderful read . From well developed likeable characters to the plot . Cozy up in your favourite chair and read this book.OrbieoneScore: 5/5
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Murder mysteryWonderful book.BarberraaScore: 5/5
Murder in the manorLoved it will read it again..Baby crocodileScore: 5/5
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