The Advice Columnist

by Cade Haddock Strong

Lydia Swann’s life is falling into place perfectly. She’s clinched the coveted role of advice columnist at The Washington Post. With her career on the rise, she hopes to buy a house with her girlfriend.

But the bliss is fleeting. The relationship with her girlfriend hits the rocks, leaving Lydia reeling. To compound matters, she becomes entangled in a perplexing mystery. Letters from a disgruntled reader start to flood her inbox. They contain cryptic riddles that bear chilling parallels to a series of unsolved murders haunting DC. Could deciphering the enigmatic riddles lead her to unmasking a cunning killer?

Caught between personal turmoil and the allure of solving a deadly puzzle, Lydia finds solace in the company of Sofia Soto, a captivating figure who sparks feelings beyond mere friendship.





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Genre Romantic Suspense
Length 248 pages
Publication Date June 13, 2024
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642475333e
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso



"The Advice Columnist is a murder mystery centered around Lydia Swann who, you guessed it, is an advice columnist.

I’ve always devoured advice columns. Judging by their enduring popularity, I’m not alone. In the early 1900s, these columns were nestled in the “women’s sections” of newspapers, offering domestic tips and etiquette advice. Today, they’ve evolved, dispensing guidance on everything from social dilemmas to workplace dynamics. The genre has thrived in the digital age, expanding through online platforms and podcasts.

What’s the allure of these columns? They provide a window into the lives of others. Whether you seek solace, amusement, or a hint of schadenfreude, advice columns offer a tantalizing glimpse into the human experience.

For me, crafting a story around an advice columnist proved irresistible. The profession tends to draw individuals armed with intelligence, empathy, and wit. They get to engage in some well-intentioned meddling and vicarious problem-solving. The issues they tackle range from the mundane to the downright bizarre. Readers spill their guts to these columnists, turning them into confidants for the lovelorn, the lost, and the just plain confused.

In The Advice Columnist, Lydia dishes out relationship advice like it's nobody’s business, while her own love life is a hot mess. Her profession served as fertile ground for storytelling. The letters Lydia receives from readers provided an ideal platform to scatter clues about the murders unfolding in the story.

This book blends sleuthing and soul-searching, sprinkled with a touch of romance."

—Cade Haddock Strong

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