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Chapter Six of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

Chapter Six of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

Here it is the sixth chapter of my cozy mystery short story titled, Entitled to Murder. Yes, I’m still calling it a short story, even though I suspect the story will be the length of a novella. At the moment, I’ve reached the twenty percent mark of the story, and I’m about to start writing chapters seven, eight, and nine. I am hoping to keep sharing chapters every day on this blog. Hopefully, I won’t hit a writing snag that requires substantial research. Fingers crossed. Every few days, I will release a chapter from Entitled to Murder on this blog throughout the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for the next chapter.

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Chapter Six of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

Chapter Five of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

At the moment, I’ve been enjoying writing within the cozy mystery genre. So far, every weekday this week I’ve managed to work on my cozy mystery short story every day. I’ve enjoyed the writing process so much that I’ve decided to share this next chapter with you right away and not wait until the next scheduled blog post day. So, here it is the fifth chapter of my cozy mystery short story titled, Entitled to Murder. Yes, I’m still calling it a short story, even though I suspect the story will be the length of a novella or short novel. Every few days, I will release a chapter from Entitled to Murder on this blog throughout the next few weeks, until I reach the end of the story. Keep your eyes peeled for more entries.

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Chapter Six of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

Chapter Four of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

It’s finally here. I know I promised more frequent updates, but life snuck up on me and got in the way. But, here it is the fourth chapter of my cozy mystery short story titled, Entitled to Murder. Yes, I’m still calling it a short story, even though I suspect the story will be the length of a novella or short novel. Every few days, I will release a chapter from Entitled to Murder on this blog throughout the next few weeks.

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TBN002, What’s On My TBR List | Thriller Novels I Want to Read

TBN002, What’s On My TBR List | Thriller Novels I Want to Read

During August, I decided to devote much of my time to preparing my debut crime thriller novel, Missing for publication. So that meant, revising my fourth draft and preparing the manuscript for editing. At present, I’m eight books behind schedule. In the spirit of reading and getting back on track in this episode of the Thriller Novel Nerd Podcast, I’m going to share with you exactly what’s on my TBR list.

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Introducing The Book Nerd Podcast

Introducing The Book Nerd Podcast

The Book Nerd is a virtual book club podcast that comes out every second Sunday. Each episode will be a maximum of 20 minutes Long. I wanted to make each show short and be respectful of your time because I get it, you’re busy and may not have a spare hour to listen to a podcast or watch a video.

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Chapter Six of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

Chapter Three of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

I’m excited to share with you the third chapter of my very first cozy mystery short story titled, Entitled to Murder. Every Friday, over the next few weeks, I will release a chapter from the short story over on this blog. Every few days, I will release a chapter from the short story over on this blog throughout the next couple of weeks. If you want to receive notifications via email, sign up for updates by filling out your first name and email address in the opt-in form at the end of this post. By opting-in, you’ll receive an email from me, letting you know the latest chapter is available, plus a copy of the ebook when the story is finished.

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Chapter Six of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

Chapter Two of Entitled to Murder: A Cozy Mystery Short Story

I’m excited to share with you the second chapter of my very first cozy mystery short story titled, Entitled to Murder. Every Friday, over the next few weeks, I will release a chapter from the short story over on this blog. If you want to receive notifications via email, then sign up for updates by fill out your first name and email address in the opt-in form at the end of this post. By opting-in, you’ll receive an email from me, letting you know the latest chapter is available, plus a copy of the ebook when the story is finished.

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I’m Amelia. I write under the pen name A. D. Hay, and I’m the author of Suspicion, the first book in the James Lalonde Mystery series. I’m the host of the Book Nerd Podcast. Right now, I’m editing my soon-to-be-published mystery novel, Duplicity. When I’m not writing or hosting my podcast, I love to travel around Europe with my husband Roland, drink tea, and eat pizza.

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A Body is on the Lawn, and 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 his place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body turns up on the lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on his 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 ago. After discovering fresh tracks, most likely left by the murderer James realises the murder is still in the estate.

 

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

 

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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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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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What I’m Writing!

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Yesterday, I sent Duplicity off for proofreading. Yay! And I’ve set up preorders for this novel on Kobo, B&N, and Google Play with a release date of the 24th of November 2022. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

Publishing Updates

 

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I’ve decided to add an extra book between the second book and the start of the byline series, where James arrives in New York. Book Three will be set in a 24-hour period in London. This novel will be available in ebook on all major ebook retailers by the end of 2022. And the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

 

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Book Four in the James Lalonde series needs one final round of revisions before I can hand it off to my editor. This longer novel will be published on all major ebook retailers in early 2023. And the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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