While I’d hate to stumble on a real body under any circumstances, I have a thing about noticing the “perfect” locations for finding mythical bodies. In order not to waste this fascinating (and hopefully, unusual) skill, I decided to write mysteries.
I’m a member of various writers’ organizations, including Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers of Canada. I also teach workshops for writers. I especially enjoy sharing some of my secrets on developing plots. (One of my favorite reviews, from Library Journal, called me a “master of plotting.”)
A wife who murders her cheating husband, a knife-wielder foiled by an unexpected sneeze, a dying woman with a deadly secret that changed lives, an old man trying to make up for his past... These stories run the gamut of crime-writing and will keep you guessing to the last word.
Three classic mysteries set in contemporary Toronto featuring a dynamic new police duo.
Each book is roughly 400 print pages.
“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...The two rub elbows and tempers to captivating effect.” Publishers Weekly
When an elderly woman is murdered in the common room of the penthouse floor of a luxury Toronto high-rise that caters to famous seniors, residents and staff suspect a deluded mercy-killer. As homicide detectives Paul Manziuk and Jacqueline Ryan follow rabbit-trails, sorting through half-truths and long-buried secrets, they realize they’re missing something; but what?
“A master of plotting.” Library Journal. When a star player on the local baseball team has a tantrum after a loss, the Toronto media reacts quickly. A female radio talk-show host even asks for a volunteer to knock some sense into him with a baseball bat. Soon, homicide detectives Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan scramble to catch the murderer before he or she strikes again.
A weekend house party at a Toronto lawyer’s estate. A young woman’s body in the garden. Enter homicide detectives Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan for their first case together. “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