Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife by J. A. Menzies

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.

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…

“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