With matchmaking on her mind, Ellen Brodie looks forward to a quiet weekend with her husband, her son, and her favorite cousin’s attractive daughter, Lorry Preston, who is visiting from Alberta. But the weekend is doomed when Ellen's husband invites his two legal partners and their quarreling wives; one of the legal partners includes his wife’s wallflower sister; Ellen’s son brings his devastatingly handsome best friend; a black sheep nephew shows up; and a new neighbor descends on them because of renovations. If that wasn’t enough, Lorry discovers a body in the Japanese garden. Soon, the law arrives in the persons of series characters Detective-Inspector Paul Manziuk and Detective Constable Jaqueline Ryan.
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Like Agatha Christie, Lindquist 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

When a wealthy Toronto lawyer's house party results in murder, detective inspector Paul Manziuk and newly promoted detective Jackie Ryan investigate. Manziuk acts the ass at first, assuming that Ryan, both female and black, gained her promotion for those reasons only. Ryan soon shows her smarts, though, as the two question a gaggle of house guests, including three law firm partners and their wives, a recent law school grad and his womanizing roommate, a visiting country cousin, and two unexpected drop-ins. Detailed characterization, surprising relationships, and nefarious plot twists provide ample diversion; this first mystery is recommended for most collections.

Library Journal

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!

Midwest Book Review