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Julie Hyzy

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Always wanting to be a writer, Julie Hyzy first got a business degree from Loyola University and worked at banks, as an office manager, and was a financial advisor at a large wealth management company. She also worked as an actress in local theater productions and did some television commercials. All the while, her passion for fiction and writing stayed alive. Finally, after years of working in the corporate world, she is finally able to focus on her writing.

What she writes: Julie Hyzy writes three different series... all of which are cozy mysteries... the White House Chef series with character Olivia Paras, assistant chef at the White House; Manor House mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Grace Wheaton, curator of palatial Marshfield Manor; and the Alex St. James mysteries about a news researcher who also is an amateur sleuth. She has other books and short stories available in eBook form only (for now). And she also writes under the pseudonyms N.C. Hyzy and S.F. Hyzy.


List of works
Alex St. James series
  Deadly Blessings (2005)
  Deadly Interest (2006)
  Dead Ringer (2008) - Co-authored with Michael A. Black)
  Deadly Shorts: Alex St. James Short Stories (2011) - Published in eBook format only
White House Chef series
  State of the Onion (2008) - eBook - large type
  Hail to the Chef (2008)
  Eggsecutive Orders (2010) - large type
  Buffalo West Wing (2011) - large type
  Affairs of Steak (2012)
Manor House series
  Grace Under Pressure (2010) - large type
  Grace Interrupted (2011)
Other works
  Artistic License (2004)
  "Strictly Business" in These Guns for Hire (2006)
  Short Story Collection, Volume 1 (2011) - Published in eBook format only
  Tips on Writing Dialogue (2011) - Published in eBook format only


State of the Onion won the 2009 Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery, the 2009 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original, and the 2009 Barry Award winner for Best Paperback Original.

Grace Under Pressure earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

What the critics say
Regarding Artistic License - "Set in Chicago, Hyzy's smooth, well-paced debut features a vulnerable but resilient heroine, among other credible and diverting characters. Romance and cozy fans will particularly go for this adroitly plotted tale." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding Deadly Blessings - "Deadly Blessings demonstrates substantial polish and poise for a second novel and is likely to appeal to readers of traditional mysteries as well as those who enjoy stories with a slightly harder edge." - Chicago Sun-Times
Regarding Deadly Interest - "The fast-paced plot builds to a spine-chilling ending." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding Eggsecutive Orders - "Hyzy does a great job of keeping us interested in all of these problems, and the back-stage look at the White House proves fascinating." - Booklist
Regarding Grace Under Pressure - "Launching the Manor of Murder series with plenty of thrills and laughs, Hyzy…creates the well-researched and believable estate of Marshfield Manor. Well-drawn characters…are supported by lively subplots." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding State of the Onion - "Hyzy... launches her White House Chef Mystery series with a compulsively readable whodunit full of juicy behind-the-Oval Office details, flavorful characters and a satisfying side dish of red herrings -- not to mention 20 pages of easy-to-cook recipes fit for the leader of the free world." - Publishers Weekly


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