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Duplicity ( James Lalonde, Book 2) – Final Draft

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Untitled (James Lalonde, Book 3) – First Draft

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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.

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.

25 July 2022

Good news! I have received Suspicion back from my editor, and as of last week, I have submitted it to a second editor for a final proofread. So, what does this mean? The first novella in the James Lalonde Murder Mystery series is almost ready to be published.




I’m expecting to receive the proofread edition of Suspicion back from my edition either this evening or tomorrow afternoon. In anticipation of this, I have started uploading the novella to all online ebook retailers.


However, if you read either the first or second edition of Missing and would like to read the re-titled third edition, get it for free by becoming a James Lalonde Insider. You can become an insider by entering your first name and email address in the signup form on this blog post.


25 June 2022

While working with my editor to perfect the prose in Suspicion, I’m also going through one last edit on Duplicity, searching for repeated words and overused phrases. I have a few writing hangups. After that, I will send Duplicity off to beta readers to check for any plot holes I’ve overlooked, and then I’ll submit Duplicity to my editor.


I’m hoping to be able to publish Duplicity sometime in September but have a preorder up in August. But all of this will depend upon the availability of my editors. So Fingers crossed everything goes well. As you can probably tell I’m excited to be publishing this next amateur sleuth mystery novel.


I’ll keep you posted with more updates like this.

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Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

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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Please Note: this is a re-edited edition of the previously published novella, Missing.

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.


If you love gripping cloak and dagger mysteries with twists and turns, then you’ll love this first instalment in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery series. Get it now.




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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 to 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 Missing, 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

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.

TBN008, Agatha Raisin: Books vs TV Series

As you can tell by the title of this episode, I’m going to discuss the Agatha Raisin books vs TV Series. In order to avoid spoilers, I’m going to focus on how Agatha is portrayed and not the events in the show and novels.

Read Chapter Two of My Next Murder Mystery Novella

After publishing the last blog post where I shared the first chapter of The Candidate, I felt a little mean. So, I decided to share the next chapter in the murder mystery novella, with you. As you might have guessed, the candidate is the first novella in a new series called the “Rookie Reporter Mysteries”, featuring James Lalonde.

Behind the Scenes: The Candidate (A Rookie Reporter Murder Mystery Novella)

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I realised the first book in my new Rookie Reporter mystery series. And I thought I would share a little of the behind the scenes or the making of the novella that as a reader you never get to see unless I take you along with me. In this blog post, I’m going to answer a few questions about The Candidate and the Rookie Reporter series.

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