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{This [Duplicity] was a very good book that certainly kept me guessing! I liked the way the story unfolded, along with its twists and turns along the way.{
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{[In Duplicity] James has his hands in the middle of another murder mystery! Well worth reading and will leave you on the edge of your seat!  {
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{James is the editor of a newspaper which still has a print edition as well as a web edition. When his girlfriend leaves he is left with an open space on the front page of the culture section which he needs to fill. Will he live long enough to fill that section? Who was killed at the crime scene he arrived at? What happened to Excalibur? You won't want to put this story [Suspicion] down until you have finished it!{
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{I really enjoyed this story [Suspicion]. It drew me in and kept me turning the page waiting to see what happened next. There was quite a bit of suspense, there was tension, and the characters came alive on the page. I look forward to more in this series!{
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{I quite enjoyed this book [Suspicion]. It had an interesting storyline and did not take long to read. It had enough to keep me guessing, though.{
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{[The Candidate is ] a very good mystery. I couldn't anticipate what would come next. I also appreciate the addition of detective Anwar thoughts, though at one point he seemed to be James babysitter more than anything.{
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{Duplicity is a captivating murder mystery with a lot of unexpected twists and turns! It was well written, the characters were introduced well, the story flowed easily! I loved it.{
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{A new-to-me author whose blurb drew me in to give the book [Suspicion] a chance and I am really glad that I did. Exciting story, and several surprises in the finish. I found the characters likeable and relatable to, well developed and credible. I did enjoy the book  – it was an easy read but thrilling enough to keep me interested and I will certainly be on the look out for more of Hay’s books{
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What I’m Writing

Duplicity ( James Lalonde, Book 2)

Available for Preorder!


The Locked Room (Novella) – First Draft

14,449 of 20,000 words


Untitled (James Lalonde, Book 3) – First Draft

60,000 Words


Immunity (James Lalonde, Book 4) – 2nd Draft

112,960 of 99,000 Words



A Quick Snapshot into the Writing Life of Amateur Sleuth Mystery Author A. D. Hay.

19 November 2022


Exciting News!


The ebook for Suspicion is currently FREE on all major ebook retailer platforms. So, be sure to get your copy so you can read it before Duplicity is released. So, click here to find the ebook in your favourite store.


And it’s currently sitting in the number two position in the top 100 free Crime Action Fiction chart on the Kindle Store.



16 August 2022

While waiting to get Duplicity back from my editor, I have gotten back to writing the short story I mentioned in December.


To jog your memory, the short story will be a locked-room mystery set in a beautiful English Manor House. And it’s a tie-in story with Duplicity. You won’t have to read Duplicity to appreciate it and vice-versa, but the event in the short story is referenced in Duplicity. This story will be a part of the James Lalonde Universe, and I will make it available to my James Lalonde insider email list when it’s finished, or you can buy it as a stand-alone short story.


 So, if you want a free story, make sure you sign up. In the meantime, you’ll get a free copy of The Lawn.

29 July 2022

I’m pleased to let you know that the third edition of the first James Lalonde Mystery, Suspicion is now available in eBook on Amazon, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Kobo.




You can find the ebook in your favourite ebook retailer by clicking this link.

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A Body is on the Front Lawn. A Priceless Painting is Missing. A Killer is on the Loose


When Will Thatcher doesn’t show up for work, James Lalonde is forced to attend an afternoon tea with Alistair Carmichael in Will’s place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body is discovered on the front lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on its neck.


But something is missing, a priceless painting is off the wall. However, it’s no ordinary painting, it’s a van Gogh purchased in an auction a few months prior. But, trouble has its watchful eye on James.


Can James figure out who the thief and murderer are before he is next?


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Excalibur is Missing. A Killer is on the Loose. One Reporter is Determined to Uncover the Truth.


James has a nose for trouble. But that’s nothing new. This time, things are different–his life is on the line. James is the chief editor of a small newspaper. It’s hardly captivating work. He’s bored. But all of that is about to change.


Late one evening, he returns home to discover his long-time girlfriend and journalist, Valentine, has left. Early the next morning, James fails to reallocate her assigned story. To avoid blank space in the culture section and losing his job, he decides to write the story on the local museum’s latest acquisition, Excalibur. But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on—Excalibur is missing, and a dead body is at the crime scene.


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A Murdered Professor. A Priceless Manuscript Stolen.


Moments after James discovers a secret code on the pages of the manuscript, a hooded figure murders a professor and steals the manuscript from Oxford University.


While James is receiving medical attention, he discovers a secret about his past that he was never supposed to know. Instead of staying on bed rest, James decides to leave town and uncover the truth. But, the police put a hold on his passport, believing he organised the murder and theft. Before James leaves for New York, he must investigate the truth behind the lab break-in. As his investigation digs deeper, James discovers everyone has means, motive, opportunity and something to hide. With an endless list of possible suspects, James must clear his name, find the manuscript, and identify the murderer before they strike again.


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A Murdered Judge. A Dark Secret Silenced.


Rookie reporter James Lalonde is bored. And, he isn’t a journalist. He’s an all-round dogs-body, to editor-in-chief, Rhys Kelly. But, his luck has finally changed. After eavesdropping in on the morning editorial meeting, James learns he has his first-ever story. There’s one catch. If the story gets too complicated, it will be taken away from him and given to another journalist with more experience. Sure it’s a boring interview with the soon-to-be sworn-in magistrate, Albert Harrington, but it finally gets him out of his six-month slump as an editorial research assistant.

The following day, James turns up to his interview with Albert to discover a trail of blood smeared through Albert’s house, an empty safe, the murder weapon on the floor, but no body. Detective Anwar Khan turns up at the crime scene, puts two and two together, and believes James murdered the controversial magistrate. Can James clear his name and write his first-ever story before his editor takes it away from him?

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I’m Amelia Levillain. I write under the pen name A. D. Hay, and I’m the author of Suspicion, the first book in the James Lalonde Prequel trilogy and the Byline Thriller Novels, also featuring James Lalonde. My books are set in the world of investigative journalism with a dash of conspiracy, crime, and medical sci-fi.


When I’m not writing and editing thriller novels, I’m the host of The Authorpreneur Podcast and The Book Nerd Podcast. Right now, I’m editing my soon-to-be-published mystery novel, Duplicity. And I am writing the first book in the Rookie Reporter Mystery series, which is titled, The Candidate.  Over on my YouTube channel, I’ll be sharing weekly writing vlogs where you can watch me write the first draft of The Candidate.


When I’m not writing or hosting my podcasts, I love to travel around Europe with my husband Roland, drink tea, and eat pizza.

From the Blog

An Interview with James Lalonde

If you’ve read the books in my James Lalonde Mystery Series or my Rookie Reporter Mystery Series, you’ll be familiar with my protagonist, James Lalonde. The events that occurred in Suspicion happened in May 2015. So, I thought it would be fun to interview my protagonist seven years later and have a bit of a catchup, minus the spoilers. But, if you’re yet to read Suspicion or any of the other books, this will serve as the perfect icebreaker.

Location, Location, Location: 8 Interesting Places in England and France from my Mystery Novel, Suspicion

One of the best things about being an author is visiting interesting places physically or with the help of modern technology like YouTube videos, pictures taken by other travellers, or simply good ol’ Google Maps. As I outlined, wrote, revised and edited my mystery novel Suspicion, I included eight interesting places across England and France. Sometimes, the real and imaginary blend together in fiction. And, Suspicion is no exception. Here is a short list of these locations and what inspired me to choose these as settings in my mystery novel Suspicion, along with details on how you can visit these places yourself.

Duplicity is Available for Preorder

After much deliberation, I pulled the plug and decided to upload the next James Lalonde amateur sleuth mystery, Duplicity, to all the online ebook retailers and placed it on preorder.

TBN009, My Favourite Mystery and Thriller Novels of 2021

In this episode of the Book Nerd Podcast, I’m going to discuss my favourite mystery and thriller novels that I read in 2021. I what you’re thinking, “it’s been a while since the end of 2021,” but hear me out. I wanted to put a bit of distance between the end of 2021 and my reading because I wanted to discuss the books that stood out to me the most. From memory, I read close to fifty books in 2021. Actually, I’ve checked, and it was 49 books read.

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