Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife

Genre: Mystery

For Fans Of

Agatha Christie, Louise Penny, Dorothy Sayers, Georgette Heyer, P. D. James, Peter Robinson...

Book Summary

A rookie detective. A veteran partner with a grudge. A murder with a guest list full of suspects…

Jacqueline Ryan knew her promotion to Homicide would rankle some feathers. The detective constable worries that the rest of the force won't be able to see past the colour of her skin. And she's not about to let her new, overbearing partner stand in her way…

No-nonsense Inspector Paul Manziuk needs a vacation, not a murder case with an overeager newbie. But when a body is found at a ritzy Toronto house party, the new partners have no choice but to put aside their differences. After all, in a house full of smooth-talking lawyers, catty wives, and eccentric guests, anyone could have committed the foul deed…

As Manziuk and Ryan's investigation intensifies, the clues only become more perplexing; the alibis more muddled. And everyone has a motive. To solve the murder, the unlikely partners must learn to work together before the killer strikes again…

Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife is the first novel in a series of classic-style whodunnits set in modern-day Toronto. If you like witty dialogue, large lists of suspects, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love J.A. Menzies' puzzling mystery.


“Like Agatha Christie, [Menzies] spends a lot of time developing a believable web of personal relationships before introducing the murders. However, she updates the Golden Age template with modern police techniques…The result is a cozy that will delight fans who appreciate solid, modern detection.” -
Publishers Weekly

“Detailed characterization, surprising relationships, and nefarious plot twists provide ample diversion… Recommended.” Library Journal

About the Author

I'm the author of the Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan mysteries as well as a number of short stories. I write primarily in the "whodunnit" style of the classic Golden Age mystery writers.

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