J. A. Menzies

Biography

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.”)

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Books

The Case of the Homeless Pup: A Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan Novella
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,590. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016 by MurderWillOut Mysteries. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
A stray puppy. A human skull. A missing persons case that’s all but forgotten.
7 Mystery & Suspense Short Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,200. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016 by MurderWillOut Mysteries. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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.
The Paul Manziuk & Jacquie Ryan Mysteries
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 389,470. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2016 by MurderWillOut Mysteries. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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
Shadow of a Butterfly: The Case of the Harmless Old Woman: A Paul Manziuk & Jacquie Ryan Mystery
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 134,210. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015 by MurderWillOut Mysteries. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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?
Glitter of Diamonds: The Case of the Reckless Radio Host: A Paul Manziuk & Jacquie Ryan Mystery
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 127,010. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015 by MurderWillOut Mysteries. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
“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.
Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife: A Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan Mystery
Price: Free! Words: 123,840. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015 by MurderWillOut Mysteries. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
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

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