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

A rookie detective. An intimidating partner. A puzzling murder…

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 full of smooth-talking lawyers, catty wives, and eccentric guests, nothing is easy. Clues and alibis abound, and any one in the house could have committed the foul deed.

Detective Constable Jacqueline Ryan knew her promotion to Homicide would rankle some feathers. She realizes that some of her co-workers won't be able to see past her gender and the colour of her skin. But she's not about to let anyone, let alone her overbearing new partner stand in her way…

As Manziuk and Ryan's investigation intensifies, the new partners have no choice but to find a way to work together.

“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