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Shaded Light (Manziuk and Ryan Mystery Series #1) [Paperback]

By N. J. Lindquist (Author)
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Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.76" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
Publisher   THAT'S LIFE COMMUNICATIONS
ISBN  096854956X  
EAN  9780968549568  


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It's the July long weekend, and Ellen Brodie, with matchmaking on her mind, has invited an attractive distant cousin from out west for a visit. She has also included her son, Kendall, a recent graduate from law school. But Ellen's plans are doomed. Kendall brings along his devastatingly handsome best friend, Nick Donovan; Ellen's husband George decides to invite his two law partners and their wives; Bart Brodie, George's black sheep nephew, appears on the doorstep; an acquaintance of Ellen's whose house is being painted descends on them; and to cap it off, there's a body in the Japanese garden! It's time to bring in the law, in the form of Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan. Manziuk is a born cop who started as a lowly cop on the beat and worked his way up to Inspector, which is as much responsibility as he wants. He cares, not only about people, but about stopping evil; and since a caring cop is an easy mark, he uses gruffness as a wall of protection. Manziuk has a long-suffering wife and three grown children. Jacqueline Ryan is Manziuk's counter-point. A vivacious 28-year-old who knows she's been promoted primarily because she's a black woman and, therefore, a double minority, she nevertheless grasps the opportunity with both hands. Ryan has a university degree in psychology and an advanced degree in criminology, with marks at the top of her class. She is determined to prove not only that she deserved the promotion but also that she can be as good as any cop in the department-including Manziuk. Shaded Light is a mystery written in the classic style with all the ingredients for a delightful mystery - intriguing characters, dry humor, a little romance, and lots of twist and turns.

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It?'s the July long weekend, and Ellen Brodie, with matchmaking on her mind, has invited an attractive distant cousin from out west for a visit. She has also included her son, Kendall, a recent graduate from law school. But Ellen's plans are doomed. Kendall brings along his devastatingly handsome best friend, Nick Donovan; Ellen?'s husband George decides to invite his two law partners and their wives; Bart Brodie, George's black sheep nephew, appears on the doorstep; an acquaintance of Ellen's whose house is being painted descends on them; and to cap it off, there's a body in the Japanese garden It's time to bring in the law, in the form of Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan. Manziuk is a born cop who started as a lowly cop on the beat and worked his way up to Inspector, which is as much responsibility as he wants. He cares, not only about people, but about stopping evil; and since a caring cop is an easy mark, he uses gruffness as a wall of protection. Manziuk has a long-suffering wife and three grown children. Jacqueline Ryan is Manziuk's counter-point. A vivacious 28-year-old who knows she?'s been promoted primarily because she?'s a black woman and, therefore, a double minority, she nevertheless grasps the opportunity with both hands. Ryan has a university degree in psychology and an advanced degree in criminology, with marks at the top of her class. She is determined to prove not only that she deserved the promotion but also that she can be as good as any cop in the department including Manziuk. Shaded Light is a mystery written in the classic style with all the ingredients for a delightful mystery - intriguing characters, dry humor, a little romance, and lots of twist and turns.

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More About N. J. Lindquist
N  J  Lindquist I’m an award-winning-author, a motivational speaker, and an empowering teacher who loves seeing people living joyful and meaningful lives. God has been my best friend for as long as I can remember, and I can’t imagine not having him in my life. My published work includes two bestselling inspirational anthologies (Hot Apple Cider and A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider) that I co-edited and published; two mainstream adult mysteries (Shaded Light and Glitter of Diamonds) which are now being sold as e-books under my new alter ego, J. A. Menzies; five coming-of-age inspirational novels teenage boys and girls love; three discipleship manuals for teens; a Christmas play; and dozens of columns and articles. I’m currently working on a memoir, a third mystery, and a fantasy for ‘tweens. I’m also the co-founder and former executive director of The Word Guild, a Canadian association of writers and editors who are Christian. From 2002 until 2012, I also directed Write! Canada, the largest Canadian conference for writers and editors who are Christian, and the flagship conference of The Word Guild. I do a lot of speaking on a variety of topics for both adults and teens, including creativity, prayer, leadership, and making disciples. I’ve also been teaching writers in both Canada and the United States since 1992, and have a website for writers. I’m a member of the Writers Union of Canada, Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and The Word Guild. My hobbies include reading, listening to music (esp. country), watching baseball, basketball, curling, and ultimate frisbee, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

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...finally  Apr 27, 2005
a mystery that captures your attention with its integrity. Both the characters and the plot are believable and well developed. The author doesn't rely on the cheap means of coarse sex and gutter language which seem to be today's standards for most fiction. Thank you Ms. Lindquist for a well written, enjoyable mystery. (I didn't guess the ending, either!)
 
Humor, complications, characters -- good stuff!  Aug 7, 2000
A cozy reminiscent of the best Agatha Christie had to offer. There are two new police officers solving mysteries and they can use the stuff that Agatha's heroes could not. They are called into play over a long hot weekend in July when, at their estate in Canada, some hoity-toity folks have a large getaway with family and friends. Of course the weekend could not be complete without a body turning up in the garden and telephoning the police. You have humor, complications, and characters so real that you can just about touch them and smell their sweat. Good stuff!

Leann Arndt, Reviewer

 
A Strong, new voice in Canadian Mysteries!  Jun 6, 2000
SHADED LIGHT is an excellent mystery in the classic sense -- a who-dunnit in the tradition of Agatha Christie, but for the 21st century. SHADED LIGHT would make a great 'Murder She Wrote' type of TV movie. If you like to curl up with a good mystery, one that has humor, a thread of romance, its share of twists and turns, pick up N.J. Linquist's SHADED LIGHT, and follow Manziuk and Ryan through the maze of clues and red herrings that will track a killer. I wasn't sure who the killer was until the very end. I'm looking forward to the author's next book in the series. Joan Hall Hovey, Author of 'Nowhere To Hide'
 
A Riveting Mystery  May 16, 2000
Lawyer Peter Martin and his devastatingly beautiful trophy wife, Jillian, captured my interest right from the beginning of this page-turning mystery. The Martins are on their way to the country mansion of Peter's partner George Brodie and his wife, Ellen, for the July long weekend. But there are complications. Jillian's mousy, apologetic older sister, Shauna, turns up unexpectedly at the Martins' apartment. Peter insists on taking her along and Jillian wants to leave her behind. We gather this is only the tip of the iceberg in the tensions building between the couple. Over at the Brodies, the weekend is shaping up to be far more than what George, and especially Ellen, had bargained for. Their guest list keeps expanding. It was to include only his law partners and their wives; their son Kendall; and Lorry, a distant relative of Ellen's, whom she hopes to match up with Kendall. But other guests keep turning up, some savory, some unsavory. As the weekend begins, there's lots of action and interaction among the ill-assorted group of weekenders, including the beginnings of unexpected romantic attachments. Events increasingly reveal the shallowness of the self-centred Jillian, which contrasts sharply with Lorry's depth and sincerity. By the end of Part I, there's a body in the Brodies' lovely Japanese garden. The rest of the book, in the best Agatha Christie tradition, keeps the reader guessing about which of the assembled weekenders tightened the noose around the victim's neck. I have only one small quibble. Part II starts slowly, with what I found to be too much detail about Detective Inspector Paul Manziuk and his partner, Jacqueline Ryan, who's been promoted because she's black and a woman--and who's out to prove she can be as good a cop as any in the department. It's well worth persisting through this slow patch because the rest of the book is riveting. I didn't guess "who done it" until Lindquist was good and ready to tell me near the end of the book.
 

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