James Lalonde



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{"The Candidate" is the first novella of the Rookie Reporter series. A.D Hay doesn't hold back as she hits the accelerator right from the get-go. This novella is reasonably fast-paced, with multiple characters and times, which can get confusing but hang in there.{
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{[The Candidate was a] fast moving story so hold onto your seat! What a ride!{
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{This [The Candidate] is the first book of a great series, I just know it. Of course what happens has to involve multiple people to keep the story interesting (I'm keeping it vague on purpose to not spoil anything). The reporter James is involved from beginning to end, and while many other people come into the story they don't make as big an impact as James does.{
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{This [The Locked Room] was an excellent book. I have to agree with James & Xavier that it was a bit much for the reasoning behind everything. Some people are just a bit too much. Too evil in their thinking. It makes for an extraordinary book though!{
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{This great prequel [The Locked Room] to the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mysteries series, it worked overall with what I was looking for. The characters were great and I enjoyed the mystery going on. It left me wanting to read more in this series and from A. D. Hay.{
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{"The Locked Room: A James Lalonde Novella" is a captivating and thrilling prequel to the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mysteries series by A. D. Hay. This novella plunges readers into a classic locked room mystery filled with intrigue, suspense, and a race against time.{
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{This [The Locked Room] was an intriguing read which kept me guessing to the end. Definitely worth a read if you like good mystery stories.{
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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

The Locked Room (Novella) – Published

25,874 of 25,000 words


Untitled (James Lalonde, Book 3) – First Draft

32,515 of 45,000 Words


Untitled (Rookie Reporter, Book 2) – First Draft

44,115 of 50,000 words


A Will to Murder (Cozy Mystery Series) – First Draft

13,770 of 20,000 words



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

29 December 2023

Unfortunately, I’ve had to change the prices of my novels, novellas, and short stories so I can start making money from my writing. For quite some time, I’ve been giving away my books for free due to the pandemic. In light of that, the free pricing period for Suspicion has come to an end. As of today, the price will be as follows:

  • us$2.99
  • £2.49
  • €2.99


Also, Duplicity, book two in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery Series, has also been taken off its 99¢ promotion. The new pricing is as follows:

  • us$3.99
  • £3.49
  • €3.99


The pricing has also been changed on my website shop, but there’s a discount if you sign up for my email list.

10 April 2023


I’m pleased to let you know that The Locked Room, a prequel novella to the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mysteries, 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.

28 March 2023


This week I did a bit of experimentation with the pricing for Duplicity due to the current economic climate.


For a limited time only, Duplicity is on sale in all stores and directly through me for 99¢.


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One Locked Room. A Dead Body. Five Suspects.

It’s the opening of Clovervale Hall, an exquisite bed-and-breakfast in Oxfordshire, owned and operated by Professor Xavier Watson and his wife, Flora. And James Lalonde can’t believe his luck—he gets an all-expenses paid trip.

And he gets to write a story about the opening of the bed-and-breakfast for the Northampton Tribune. It’s going to be the easiest weekend of his life. Unfortunately, the weather is scorching hot, and a cyclonic storm sets in, trapping him and the guests inside the manor house.

But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on—a killer is on the loose, roaming the halls of Clovervale Hall.

While cyclonic weather conditions rage on outside, James hunts down the killer. Lurking behind every corner, he discovers secrets and lies.

But his investigations haven’t gone unnoticed. The killer has a watchful eye on James.

Can James solve the murder before the bodies start to pile up?

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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 chief editor 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 amateur sleuth mysteries under the pen name A. D. Hay, and I’m the author of The LawnSuspicion, and Duplicity, the first few stories in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mysteries. And I wrote The Candidate, the first story in the Rookie Reporter Amateur Sleuth Mysteries, which also features James Lalonde. My books are set in the world of investigative journalism with a dash of conspiracy, crime, and art theft.


When I’m not writing and editing amateur sleuth mysteries, I’m the host of The Authorpreneur Podcast and the Mystery Novel Nerd Podcast. Right now, I’m writing a cozy mystery short story, which will eventually be the first instalment of a series.


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

From the Blog

The Reading Order of the James Lalonde Mysteries

Because the books in the James Lalonde Universe haven’t been published in order, I thought you might like to see the reading order for those of you who like to read things in order. In this blog post, you’ll find the official reading order of the James Lalonde Mysteries.

A Few Books on My Recommended Reading List: December 2023

Once again, I’ve been putting off writing reviews of books that I’ve loved. But thankfully, I take notes as I read, which makes the retrospective review writing much easier. As you’ve guessed, below is a list of my recommended mystery reads and a short review of my thoughts. Without further ado, let’s get on with the reviews.

A Few Books on My Recommended Reading List: July 2023

So, I have a confession to make. Since September 2022, I’ve been putting off writing reviews of books that I’ve loved. But thankfully, I take notes as I read, which makes the retrospective review writing much easier. Because I’m an author, writing reviews can be a little difficult. In light of this difficulty, I only allow myself to review a book that I loved and/or would read again. As you’ve guessed, below is a list of my recommended reads, along with a short review of my thoughts. Without further ado, let’s get on with the reviews.

Behind the Scenes of a Locked Room Mystery

To celebrate the release of my locked room mystery which was creatively titled, The Locked Room, I thought I would share a little of the behind-the-scenes or the making of this novella that, as a reader, you never get to see unless I take you along with me.

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