Three novels featuring a tired veteran homicide inspector, his head-strong new partner, and ordinary people whose lives have been interrupted by murder.
“Police detectives Paul Manziuk and his new partner, Jacqueline Ryan, make an odd team―he’s white, an abrupt, patronizing veteran, while she’s a recently promoted, vivacious black woman―but...the two rub elbows and tempers to captivating effect....” Publishers Weekly
Three award-winning 125,000-word novels plus bonus materials - more than 1200 pages of satisfying reading!
Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife (Book 1)
With matchmaking on her mind, Ellen Brodie wants a quiet long weekend with her husband, son, and potential daughter-in-law. But after her husband invites his law partners and their wives, her son brings his devastatingly handsome best friend, and a black sheep nephew drops in, Ellen knows her weekend is going to be anything but enjoyable. When a dead body shatters the serenity of the Japanese garden, it’s time to call 911 and bring in Detective Inspector Paul Manziuk and his head-strong rookie partner, Jacquie Ryan.
Glitter of Diamonds: The Case of the Reckless Radio Host (Book 2)
It’s Toronto in July. There’s an out-of-control baseball player, a frenzied sports media, and a talk-show host who enjoys playing devil’s advocate. The stage is set—for murder. After radio talk-show host Stasey Simon asks for a volunteer to knock some sense into the home team’s temperamental new Cuban pitcher, homicide detectives Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan hustle to catch a murderer swinging a lethal bat before the case escalates into an international incident.
Shadow of a Butterfly: The Case of the Harmless Old Woman (Book 3)
Serenity Suites, a luxury Toronto high-rise that caters to seniors who’ve been involved in the arts, seems like a dream retirement residence. But when an elderly woman is murdered in the common room, residents and staff suspect a deluded mercy-killer. As homicide detectives Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan follow rabbit trails, sorting through half-truths, they begin to suspect that the seeds of this murder were sown sixty years earlier.
Five Bonus Article on the writing of the books
“The Partnership of Creator and Created”
“Murder in the Bullpen”
"Ordinary People, Like You and Me, Interrupted by Murder"
"Before the Story Comes the Research"