Shadow of a Butterfly: The Case of the Harmless Old Woman
Classic mysteries in contemporary settings.
Death in a seniors' complex? Not that unusual. But the murder of an elderly resident of Serenity Suites, a high-rise for affluent seniors in downtown Toronto, is highly unusual. Inspector Paul Manziuk and his head-strong new partner, Constable Jacqueline Ryan, take on the difficult task of figuring out "whodunit."
Suspects include a famous Broadway actress and her young musician husband; a best-selling thriller writer; the former host of a popular radio talk show, a ballerina with a shady past; and a retired children's singer who might be reading too many mysteries.
Residents fear a murderer who thinks he's doing elderly people a favour, and wonder who'll be next. Manziuk and Ryan, sorting through half-truths and long-buried secrets, begin to suspect that the seeds of this murder were sown years earlier.
In her third Manziuk and Ryan mystery, J.A. Menzies once again delights readers with complex characters, tight plotting, and a satisfying conclusion.