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General Information

Name:  Julie Hyzy  

Pen Name: NC Hyzy, SF Hyzy

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hyzy was born in Chicago and lives in Tinley Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julie Hyzy is the national bestselling author of the ''Alex St. James Mysteries'', ''White House Chef Mysteries'' and the ''Manor House Mysteries.'' The ''Alex St. James Mysteries'' feature sleuth Alex St James, news researcher. Her ''White House Chef Mysteries'' series combines mystery and adventure in the sub genre 'culinary mysteries' and feature Olivia Paras, assistant chef at the White house. The ''Manor House Mysteries'', features amateur sleuth Grace Wheaton, curator of palatial Marshfield Manor.Hyzy has also written several ebooks - some under her own name and others under the pen names NC Hyzy and SF Hyzy. They include: Mystery Short Stories, Volume 1; Science Fiction Short Stories, Volume 1; Short Story Collection, Volume 1; Playing With Matches; Dead Ringer; Deadly Interest; Deadly Blessings; and Artistic License.

Published Works

  • Deadly Blessings, Five Star, 2005
  • Deadly Interest, Five Star, 2006
  • Deadly Shorts, Five Star, 2011MANOR HOUSE MYSTERIES
  • Grace Under Pressure, Berkley, 2010
  • Grace Interrupted, Berkley, 2011
  • Grace Among Theives, Berkley, 2012
  • Grace Takes Off, Berkley, 2013
  • Grace Against the Clock, Berkley, 2014
  • Grace Cries Uncle, 2015
  • Grace Sees Red, 2016
  • Grace to the Finish, 2017WHITE HOUSE CHEF MYSTERIES
  • State of the Onion, Berkley, 2008
  • Hail to the Chef, Berkley, 2008
  • Eggsecutive Orders, Berkley, 2010
  • Buffalo West Wing, Berkley, 2011
  • Affairs of Steak, Berkley, 2012
  • Fonduing Fathers, Berkley, 2012
  • Home of the Braised, Berkley, 2014
  • All The President's Menus, 2015
  • Foreign Éclairs, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

Deadly blessings /
ISBN: 1594142904. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2005.

Deadly interest :
ISBN: 159414494X. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2006.

Reeling from a public humiliation by her former lover, Alex St. James returns home to find that her elderly neighbor who'd earlier that evening asked Alex for her help with a sticky financial situation has been murdered. Alex discovers that the spunky old lady had been secretly looking into her bank's lending practices. Drawn into the investigation, Alex uses her connections at Midwest Focus News Magazine to help the police find the killer but before long, finds herself being stalked by a vicious ex con. Added to the mix is the victim's estranged son, a volatile man with a gambling problem, who's desperate to grab his inheritance. Even after suffering a brutal attack, Alex refuses to back off, and she subsequently uncovers a shocking secret that had been buried long ago. Alex is juggling several personal issues as well; one concerning her handicapped sister, and another involving two attractive men, one of who may have the power t mend Alex's bruised ego. Determined to untangle the web of duplicity spun by those around her, Alex is soon poised to expose the truth. That is, until she finds herself alone with the killer, a formidable foe with a Deadly Interest in her future.

Grace under pressure /
ISBN: 0425235211. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin Group (USA),. New York, N.Y. :. ©2010.

"Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, but now it's up to a new curator Grace Wheaton and handsome groundskeeper Jack Embers to protect dear old Marshfield. But to do this, they'll have to investigate a botched Ponzi scheme, some torrid Wheaton family secrets--and sour grapes out for revenge"--Publisher's web site.

Grace interrupted /
ISBN: 0425241904. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime,. New York :. 2011.

Grace investigates the murder of a Civil War re-enactor and also rescues a stray cat on the grounds of Marshfield Manor.

Grace among thieves /
ISBN: 042525139X. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime,. New York :. 2012.

When Grace Wheaton's former professor calls to warn her of a rash of thefts at various historical sites, she isn't surprised, because Marshfield Manor has been targeted, too. Grace wonders if the thefts have something to do with a film crew roaming the grounds, digitally immortalizing the manor. But soon she gets distracted by an incident much more dire: the shooting of one guest and the murder of another.

Grace takes off /
ISBN: 0425259668. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime,. New York :. 2013.

A trip to Italy's Tuscan countryside is a dream come true for Grace Wheaton, curator and manager of Marshfield Manor, until her boss becomes the target of a murderer.

Grace against the clock /
ISBN: 0425259676. OCLC Number:

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"When Marshfield Manor hosts a charity event, Grace Wheaton, the museum's curator and manager, is happy to lend a helping hand--until a killer makes an unwanted donation. With the town clock in desperate need of repair, local lawyer Joyce Swedburg and her ex-husband, Dr. Leland Keay, are trying to put aside their differences to organize a benefit at Marshfield Manor to raise money for restoration of the beautiful timepiece. While Grace appreciates the opportunity to support such a good cause, the tension between the unhappy exes is giving her the urge to put both of the organizers in time-out. But after Leland collapses onstage, poisoned during the festivities, Grace suspects there was more going on behind the scenes. Now, she's in a race to catch a ticked-off murderer, and, if she's going to prevent anyone else from getting hurt, every second will count"--Back cover.

State of the onion /
ISBN: 0425218694. OCLC Number:

Berkley Pub. Group,. New York :. 2008.

The highly trained Secret Service agents couldn't do it. The snipers swarming the White House grounds were no help. Only Ollie Paras was able to stop the intruder hitting him with a frying pan. She'd like to wash her hands of the whole thing, but after she witness a murder, there's no going back. Ollie's Secret Service boyfriend warns her that the killer is a world class assassin. And Ollie's the only person alive who can recognize him. Still, guilt propels her to investigate even if it means putting herself and her relationship in hot water.

Hail to the chef /
ISBN: 0425224996. OCLC Number:

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White House executive chef Ollie Paras has to put her own interests on the back burner when a kindly electrician is electrocuted to death, and the First Ladys nephew dies in an apparent suicide less than 24 hours after cleaning shrimp with Ollie. Ollie suspects something fishy is going on. Shell have to watch her backand find a killer unlikely to be pardoned.

Eggsecutive orders /
ISBN: 0425232034. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime,. New York :. ©2010.

"With the White House's big Easter celebration--along with a visit from her family--right around the corner, Olivia Paras has too many eggs in one basket. Add the death of a government official and she's starting to feel more like a basket case ... What's worse than a guest not liking your food? A guest dropping dead from it. When NSA big shot Carl Minkus dies right after eating the dinner Ollie's staff had prepared, all forks point to them. Now, the Secret Service is picking apart the kitchen, and scrutinizing the staff's every move. The timing couldn't be worse. Ollie's mother and grandmother are visiting--only to find her embroiled in a media frenzy. How's she supposed to prep for the White House Easter Egg Roll without access to her kitchen? Now, Ollie has no choice but to find the real culprit--before she cracks under pressure ..."--Page 4 of cover.

Buffalo West Wing /
ISBN: 0425239233. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime,. New York :. 2011.

When a mysterious box of barbecued chicken arrives for the First Kids, White House executive chef Olivia Paras discovers that the chicken is poisoned and fears that the new president and his family are being targeted by a madman.

Affairs of steak /
ISBN: 0425245837. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime,. New York :. 2012.

White House chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff--before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.

Fonduing fathers /
ISBN: 0425251810. OCLC Number:

Berkley Publishing Group,. New York :. 2013, ©2012.

"Olivia has always believed that her father was an honorable man--until a trip to visit her mother reveals that he was dishonorably discharged from the army. Olivia is even more shocked to learn that he was brutally murdered because someone at his company suspected him of selling corporate secrets. Refusing to believe that her father was a scoundrel, Olivia won't rest until she proves his innocence. Enlisting the help of her boyfriend, Gav, Olivia must reach out to her father's colleagues to discover the truth behind his murder. What she's about to discover may not only put her at risk, but threaten national security as well ..."--Back cover.

Home of the braised /
ISBN: 0425262383. OCLC Number:

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Preparing for an important state dinner, White House executive chef Olivia Paras discovers that the President's life is in danger, while her fiancé discovers that his friend's murder is linked to the recent death of the secretary of defense.


State of the Onion

  • Barry Award for Best Paperback Original, 2009
  • Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original, 2009
  • Grace Under Pressure

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly She's also won the Anthony, Barry, Derringer, and Lovey Awards for her novels and short stories.

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