Cozy Wednesday With Author Julie Hyzy (Giveaway too!)

Welcome To Cozy Wednesday!

It’s been about a year since Julie stopped by for a visit and then it was over at Dollycas’s Thoughts. I am thrilled to welcome here today. I love the way she writes! Whether it be Ollie at The White House or Grace at Marshfield Manor, I am always excited when a new book comes out. Those ladies always have a unique way of getting right in the middle of the mayhem.  

It’s a little hot and sticky in the Midwest today so help yourself to a glass of ice cold lemonade and pull up a chair as we visit with Julie today.

Hi Julie!!

Hi Everyone! I am happy to be here.

My love affair with Marshall Field’s

By Julie Hyzy

From time I was very little, I’ve loved Marshall Field’s. The flagship State Street department store in Chicago loomed large in my life especially around Christmas when my mother would take me and my little brother there to visit Santa, marvel at the decorated (and animated) windows, and stroll through the toy store.  We didn’t eat under the enormous Christmas tree in the Walnut Room back then, mostly because such a luxury was out of my parents’ reach at that point. Honestly, my brother and I never thought twice about it. We got to see the sparkling tree through the windows in the floor above the restaurant, and really—what more did we need?

When I started college at Loyola University I got a part time job at a bank on State and Wacker after classes each day—just about a block away from Field’s. That job turned into summer employment and an eventual full time position after graduation. I spent almost every lunch hour at Marshall Field’s. I loved that store and grew to know it very, very well. From the cosmetics and fragrances on the first floor, through the furniture high on eight and nine, I had the place memorized. Back then I had an aunt who worked in the candy kitchen making delicious Frango Mints. She invited me to come up to the very top floors to visit—and to watch the chocolates being created—and it was my first time up in the off-limits areas of the massive store. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.

When my husband and I got engaged, we registered at Field’s. There was no other serious contender to my mind. When our daughters  were born—and then old enough­—we took them to Field’s at Christmastime, thus bringing traditions full circle. And trips into the city weren’t complete without lunch in The English Room, a loving gaze up at the Tiffany ceiling, and a purchase of Frango Mints to enjoy on the ride home.

Things change. We all know that. And as much as I like Macy’s in New York, I sincerely wish it had remained there. It’s a great destination—a real jewel of the city. But it belongs in New York. Not in Chicago, and not in our former flagship store. Marshall Field’s was taken over by Macy’s in 2005 and the State Street store was renamed in 2006. Some good news: The brass nameplate on the State Street store’s building is considered an historic landmark. It can’t be removed. That’s something. And the iconic Marshall Field clocks on the building’s corners are still there. Also good. But the store, as we all knew and loved it, is gone.

Why am I telling you all this today—and what does it have to do with my newest Manor House Mystery, Grace Among Thieves?

Well, if you’ve read any of the books so far, you know that Grace’s boss is Bennett Marshfield—of Marshfield Manor. Yep, I named the estate in honor of my beloved store, in gratitude for all the wonderful memories it’s provided to me and my family over the years.


When you read Grace Under Pressure, Grace Interrupted,or the new Grace Among Thieves, you can feel how much Marshfield means to Grace. I drew on my own deep love for Marshall Field’s to write that part of the story. Although the mansion doesn’t resemble the store in the least, the feel is the same. There’s so much to explore, so much to experience. History and mystery. In abundance.

I know that the store is gone, but the happiness it brought me lives on. And, in my own small way, I’m hoping to keep the memory alive, not just for myself but for everyone who still misses our beloved Marshall Field’s.

I hope you’ll come visit my Marshfield Manor. Come for the tour… stay for the murder!

Website page with Marshall Field Clock


Thank you so much Julie for sharing that wonderful story!

All About Julie*
Julie Hyzy is the New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries. She won the Barry and Anthony Awards for Best Paperback Original for State of the Onion in 2009, and the Lovey, the Derringer, and the Phobos awards for her novels and short stories. Her first Manor House Mystery, Grace Under Pressure, earned a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. Julie loves to read, eat out, and watch old movies and TV shows with her husband and three daughters.


Grace Among Thieves

Grace Among Thieves
(A Manor House Mystery)

3rd in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group

Cover Illustration by Kimberly Schamber
Cover Design by Rita Frangie


Grace has her hands full. There is film crew making a souvenir movie of Marshfield Manor and the owner’s stepdaughter has dropped by for an unexpected visit. The last thing she needs is the news she received from former professor. Apparently historic places like Marshfield Manor are being targeted by thieves. She is confident in their security team until a guest is murdered and another one shot. There is just not enough manpower to spread around.

Grace has reason to believe the killer and thieves are lurking about. The two things may even be connected. She will do anything for Marsheild Manor and its owner even if it means putting herself in danger.  Grace my just find herself armed and dangerous.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I couldn’t wait to read this story. I have become invested in the people at Marshfield Manor. Grace, Frances, Bennett and even Hillary. They is never a dull moment when she is around.

Grace again gets involved in all the drama with all the best intentions. Frances tries to keep everyone in line and Bennett watches over everyone.

The author reeled me in with this one and had me hook, line and sinker. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. So much excitement and suspense I forgot it was a cozy!

Julie Hyzy writes wonderful stories and each one is better than the last. If you were waiting for this one like me you will really enjoy it. If this is a new author for you start at the beginning, read them in order, and enjoy. I can’t wait to she what kind of trouble Grace gets into next!!

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36 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday With Author Julie Hyzy (Giveaway too!)

  1. The one reason I was glad Marshall Field’s swallowed up a local dept store (years ago!) was the addition of Frango mints to my life!

    Can’t wait for the new book, Julie, I’m looking forward to it! Thanks!

  2. I love the series and own the first two books…. One day their will even be one titled “Grace Underwater” if I can find a way to browbeat her editors into allowing it. LOL

    I’d love to win one of the 2 copies of this book for my home library.

  3. Hi Julie, My niece’s daughter from Wheaton started at Loyola this year 🙂 I really like your White House Chef series & I look forward to starting your Manor House series soon! That was a novel idea the way you incorporated Marshall Fields into this series 🙂

  4. Julie,
    Thanks for writing “cozies.” They’re the natural antidote to all the paranormal type books that sometimes are so weird that something much more down-to-earth (literally) is needed to put me back on even keel. Thanks again!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful mystery. I would love to read this one. Thanks for this chance to win it.

  6. I love the cover for your newest mystery. It looks a lot like the picture thay Dollycas uses for her Cozy Mystery posts! At first I thought it was the same picture. I’d love to read this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. I love that you named a place after your favorite store. I did look at the picture of the clock tower. I miss being able to meet people at Wanamaker’s eagle in Philadelphia. I moved away from there 32 years ago. But, that is where you told people to meet you.

  8. This looks like such a great mystery! Thanks for writing them and keep them coming!

  9. I HATE when companies do that. You get a favorite and then it’s taken over by something else or another big company comes in and puts the little companies out of business. GRR!!!

    Thanks for a “behind-the-scenes” look at the story. It sounds like a great read. 🙂

  10. What a great story and a great reason for the character name. Can’t wit to read this book.

  11. Our Daytons here in MN is now Macys, too. Now I know why Marshfields seemed somewhat familiar! Love both of your series and am so glad you’re now a regular on Cozy Chicks!

    1. I just received a copy in the mail so please delete my entry!

      Thanks – Karen B

  12. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds very good.

  13. Can’t waiit to read this! I loved Marshall Fields especially at the Holidays!

  14. I liked the interview. I put Julie’s books on a list and will read about Mansfield Manor!
    Julie~Did you shop the last time you visited Marshall Fields? I had a store too everyone loved in my family. It was Mass Brothers. (sounds just like Moss). They too had a place to eat upstairs and each floor held a section for every fine item. My Dad delivered furniture for the store in the early 1960’s before I was born. Special shopping memories for the both of us.

  15. I feel the same way about the old flagship Dayton’s store in downtown Minneapolis as you do about Marshal Fields—and it is long gone, too.
    Thanks for the great books.

  16. I like that the author named the manor after her favorite store! I haven’t read any of these books, but it looks like a fun series. Thanks for the giveaway and the interesting post.

  17. Hi Julie,I would love to read this book.It sounds very interesting.I love the cover.Thanks

  18. I just looked up Marshall Fields and it seems out here they are Macy’s stores. I do like Macy’s. I look forward to reading your book.

  19. History and mystery is an unbeatable combination. This sounds like something I would truly enjoy. There was no grand store near where I grew up, but I can remember my mother taking me to Steinbach’s in Asbury Park, which was a semi-grand store. At least they had a Santa and an Easter Bunny. But it was such a journey to drive there through the wilds of New Jersey before the Garden State Parkway was built. But I can remember being impressed with the real marble ladies room and the attendant there. How strange it felt to have someone hand me a towel.

  20. Oh No! I didn’t know that Macy’s took over the legendary Marshal Fields. I haven’t been In Chicago for a very long time but I remember the clock and the store front. Sigh!

    I would love to curl up in a comfy chair and read this book!. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  21. Julie’s new book sounds wonderful. Thanks for a great review, and for offering another giveaway. I’ve been enjoying your interviews!

  22. I love both of Julie’s series. This looks like another fun read. I enjoy the historical elements she includes in the story line revolving around Marshfield Manor. Fun interview too! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂


  23. Hi I would love to read Julie’s book. She is a new author to me…I love mysteries and I also have 3 daughters! thanks for sharing this post! very nice!

  24. Sounds like a great book.I can’t wait to read it.Thanks so very much for sharing.

  25. Thank you for sharing with us today Julie. I am new to your work and this series looks fun. I will certainly be hopping over to check out the earlier works and am looking forward to the ride 🙂

  26. The cover is great and its nice how you let us in on something personal from your life in the interview….Thanks!

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