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Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife

Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife

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A muggy July weekend in Toronto. A house party with a disparate assortment of guests. A tired police inspector, his rookie partner, and murder.

"Reminiscent of the best Agatha Christie had to offer... Humor, complications, and characters so real that you can just about touch them and smell their sweat." --Midwest Book Review

Get to know and love (or hate) a rich cast of characters

Homicide inspector Paul Manziuk wants nothing more than a few days R and R to recharge his brain.

Constable Jacqueline Ryan believes she owes her promotion to the Homicide Squad to being a black woman, and that she'll do a better job of proving she belongs there if she can avoid working with the no-nonsense, intimidating Manziuk.

Senior corporate lawyer George Brodie and his wife Ellen want their son to marry a nice girl and settle down. To that end, Ellen invited the auburn-haired daughter of a distant relative for the July long weekend. But her plans go sadly awry when George invites his junior partners and their wives, and their son brings along his roommate--a ladies' man.

Jillian Martin, the spoiled young wife of one of George's partners, looks forward to being the center of attention at the house party. But first her husband insists they take along her disgusting older sister; then an old flame seems to be more interested in a boring religious do-gooder and an experienced older man makes fun of her. The last straw is when the jealous wife of another partner dares to challenge her.

After a lifeless body is found in a garden on the estate, chaos ensues. Manziuk and Ryan are given the case, and it isn't long before Manziuk feels he's been thrust into an Agatha Christie novel where everyone has a motive and it's necessary to sort through numerous baffling clues and conflicting alibis to find the truth. However, he's no Hercule Poirot, and Ryan is definitely not Miss Marple. -

The Manziuk and Ryan Mysteries Series in order

  1. Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife
  2. Glitter of Diamonds: The Case of the Reckless Radio Host
  3. Shadow of a Butterfly: The Case of the Harmless Old Woman

Also look for: 7 Short Mystery & Suspense Stories including Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan in "The Case of the Sneezing Accountant"

The Case of the Homeless Pup: A Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan Novella (Also available as a bonus when you sign up for reader updates on my website at jamenzies website.)

*Originally published as Shaded Light by N. J. Lindquist

Author: J. a. Menzies
Publisher: Murderwillout Mysteries
Published: 10/03/2016
Pages: 392
Weight: 1.09lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.87d
ISBN: 9781927692318

About the Author
Menzies, J. a.: - Mysteries have been my books of choice since I discovered Trixie Belden (I owned every book) and other teen detectives. Later, I discovered and devoured the work of Erle Stanley Gardner, John Creasey, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, Desmond Bagley, Raymond Chandler, Emma Lathen, and others. I still go back and reread many of the authors of the British Golden Age-they're my comfort-books. I also read a variety of contemporary authors, including Donna Andrews, Louise Penny, Alan Bradley, Sue Grafton, Peter Robinson, Rick Blechta, Vicki Delany, P. D. James, Marcia Muller, and T. Jefferson Parker. I'm a member of various writers' organizations, including Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers of Canada. I also teach workshops for writers. I especially enjoy sharing some of my secrets on developing plots. (One of my favorite reviews, from Library Journal, called me a "master of plotting.") By the way, in real life, people know me as N. J. Lindquist. And my first two mysteries (Shaded Light and Glitter of Diamonds) were originally published under that name. Afterwards, I decided that I really needed to separate the mysteries from my other books, so-better late than never (I hope)-I made my birth name (J. A. Menzies) my alter ego
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