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Written by Elliott Hay

Friends in Need (Vigilauntie Justice #0.5) ebook

Friends in Need (Vigilauntie Justice #0.5) ebook

knitting, tea, gossip … vengeance

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What will these grannies do when murder’s not an option?

Every day, Peggy, Carole, and Madge get together to knit, drink tea, and exchange juicy titbits of gossip. Occasionally, they indulge in a bit of murder … but only when strictly necessary.

When a tumble down the stairs lands one of their friends in hospital, Peggy, Carole, and Madge don’t believe it was an accident. They come together to protect her. But this case isn’t as straightforward as they’d hoped. For starters, this time, murder’s off the table – but not for the reasons they’re all too used to hearing.

Without resorting to lethal methods, will Peggy, Carole, and Madge find a way to help their friend?

Friends in Need is a short story in the Vigilauntie Justice series – cosy(ish) noir(ish) comedic crime fiction stories set in London. The stories do have on-page violence but it's never graphic. There's minimal swearing and no romance or sex – but there's heaps of queer content and found family.

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9k words / 29 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. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
A great short story

I've read some of the Starship Teapot series, and downloaded this to try a different genre and series. I'm very pleased that I did. The characters are interesting and the story is fun. Recommended.


This one is a teaser. I can see where this has potential for a unique series.

Naomi S Jacobs
Well written story

The story had well rounded characters and a fulfilling plot in which justice is satisfyingly served through vigilante action.

Ma�a Dvornik
Loved it!

This cosy crime story has it all - friendship, solidarity, humour and heart aplenty, even an adorable rescue dog. A comforting read in these turbulent times. Looking forward to the novel!

Edith Lentz
Friends in need

The book Friends in need was a really great book. I give it a 5 star rating and would recommend it to anyone. It�s worth while reading. Thanks for writing it. The authors name is: Elliot Hay