Shadow of a Butterfly: The Case of the Harmless Old Woman

Genre: Mystery

For Fans Of

Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Sue Grafton, Louise Penny, P. D. James

Book Summary

A veteran detective. An up-and-comer. They'll need to flip the script to stop a retirement home murderer…

Jacqueline Ryan thought she had everything figured out. But between the detective constable's insufferable partner and her growing relationship with a pro ballplayer, she wonders if her next case should be her last…

Inspector Paul Manziuk thinks he might be past his prime. When he's told to let his newbie partner take the lead on the next case, he's worried that the murder scene at a retirement home could be a bad omen…

Manziuk knows that death in a seniors' complex is pretty standard but not in Toronto's ritziest high-rise for elderly creatives. He and Ryan pay close attention to an attention-hungry Broadway star, a thriller writer, and a ballerina with a dark past. But every time the partners think they have a lead, it goes cold…

To solve the murder, the veteran must learn to work under the newbie before another resident becomes a victim…

Shadow of a Butterfly: The Case of the Harmless Old Woman is the third standalone novel in a series of classic whodunnits set in modern-day Toronto. If you like twisty plots, eccentric suspects, and relatable detectives, then you'll love J.A. Menzies' artistic mystery.


"In typical Golden-Age mystery style, J.A. Menzies creates a tapestry of well-formed characters whose interplay offers – and masks – motive and opportunity for murder. The dynamics between old-school detective Paul Manziuk and his much younger partner, Jaquie Ryan, add another satisfying layer." Amazon review by Janet

"Once you get to know these sometimes quirky characters, you will find that you can’t put this book down. You will find yourself reading it way into the night, as fast as you can, to get to the end to find out ‘who done it.’ As the plot unfolds more and more surprises and secrets are revealed, one by one. I was kept guessing right until the last pages, with some unexpected outcomes, some of which I did not see coming! J.A. Menzies knows how to piece together a masterpiece of mystery." Amazon review by Melony

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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