Audra McElyea / One Little Word

Allegra Hudson was murdered.

An anonymous “source” drops the note into Madeleine Barton’s lap exactly when she needs it most. The recently widowed single mother is struggling to make ends meet as a freelance reporter and covering the mysterious death of local bestselling author and legend, Allegra Hudson, could be the career-launching story of her dreams. 

Working with Allegra’s grieving husband, Connor, Madeleine plunges down the rabbit-hole of Allegra’s privileged life. And the deeper she digs, the more dirt she finds⸺a conniving best friend, a stalker ex-boyfriend, and a marriage in shambles. The closer Madeleine gets to the truth, the murkier the waters become.

Her source’s looming presence and constant meddling in her investigation paired with her growing bond with Connor over their shared grief have blinded her to the facts, but they don’t explain why Allegra Hudson’s life feels so familiar. Only one thing is certain: Madeleine can trust no one. 

ONE LITTLE WORD is a deliciously clever game of cat-and-mouse with a completely unexpected twist.

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Available for order: AMAZON

Audra McElyea loves to write suspenseful stories that read like a modern-day Alfred Hitchcock film. She’s a former corporate buyer, magazine writer, University of Tennessee Head Majorette, and personal trainer who has always loved to tell a story–whether it be through the movies she wrote and made her friends act out growing up, the secret songs she wrote and never showed a soul, or through the choreography she wrote for numerous dance and baton twirling teams. Audra has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Consumer Services Management. She currently lives in Tennessee with her husband, two boys, and their dog and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and listening to Taylor Swift songs over and over.

Audra is a proud member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, and The Ink Tank. Her work has appeared in national online publications, including SheKnows magazine.

Audra is represented by Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency in New York.

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