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Written by Elliott Hay

A Bit of Murder Between Friends (Vigilauntie Justice #1) paperback

A Bit of Murder Between Friends (Vigilauntie Justice #1) paperback

knitting, tea, gossip … vengeance

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Cupcakes are sweet … but vengeance is sweeter.

Every day, Baz, Peggy, Carole, and Madge get together to knit, drink tea, and dole out death to keep the streets of south-east London safe.

When the ladies get wind of a recent string of attacks on young women, it’s clear a brazen predator is stalking their local community. So far, nothing has been done to stop this scoundrel – and with police downplaying reports of the violence, London’s women are walking around unawares.

So Baz and her friends decide to take matters into their own wrinkled – but very capable – hands. These grannies will do anything it takes to protect their community.

Including murder.

A Bit of Murder Between Friends is cosy(ish), noir(ish), humorous crime fiction that will delight fans of Killers of a Certain Age and An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good. With colourful characters, queer themes, amateur female sleuths, and no shortage of twists and turns, the first book in the Vigilauntie Justice series is guaranteed to leave you itching for more.

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56k words / 182 pages

Why should I buy direct from the author?

When I published my first book in January 2020, someone at work laughed and asked me when I was going to quit my job. 

There's this perception out there that authors are wealthy people. And I'm sure the big names (e.g. Richard Osman, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, etc.) are doing just fine.

But it's not like that for indie authors. It's tough out there. There are great, amazing things about being an indie author. But most of us aren't making bank.

You know who is making money out of books? Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.

You may have noticed a move in recent years of indie authors selling their books directly to you. There's a reason for that. 

If you buy a book for 0.99 from Amazon, the author gets to keep maybe 0.26 of that. Maybe. It depends on the file size. And they won't even get that for around 3 months. But if you buy a book from an author for 0.99, the author gets to keep around 0.83. And we get that money within days.

Because that first book I mentioned? Four years later, it hasn't come close to paying for itself. 

If you can't buy direct, libraries are a great way to get books for free while still helping authors get their fair share. 

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