The Hanged Man's NooseI’m a freelance writer, which means that I set my own hours, learn a little bit about a lot of things, and get to interview everyone from television celebrities to small business owners. Here’s the thing: there are no benefits, and the work is far from guaranteed. And if I’m being completely honest, the celebrities I’ve managed to get interviews with are pretty much “D” list. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to specialize.

I sort of fell into covering Toronto’s residential housing industry, and it’s worked out okay, but I have to tell you, there are only so many ways to report on the same old condo statistics and make it sound interesting. On top of that, I’m in a funk. My mother died recently, an overdose I suspect was deliberate, and my fiancé dumped me for a personal trainer with bleach blonde hair and legs up to her ears.

But today just might be my lucky day. The senior editor at Urban Living Publications really liked my exposé on the Kraft-Fergusson brownfield scandal, and because of that, the company has offered me a lucrative assignment—with benefits. They’re even going to pay my rent for the first six months. All I have to do is relocate to Lount’s Landing, take over as editor of the local magazine, and uncover the real story behind a proposed redevelopment plan.

It sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime, doesn’t it? After all, it’s not as if I have anything to hold me in Toronto. Besides, what could possibly go wrong?

You can read more about Emily in The Hanged Man’s Noose, the first book in the NEW “Glass Dolphin” mystery series, published by Barking Rain Press.

About The Hanged Man’s Noose
Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful nineteenth century Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of an antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street.

But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies. A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s journalistic suspicions are aroused.

Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme before the murderer strikes again.

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Meet the author
Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was released in July 2015 by Barking Rain Press ( Her short crime fiction appears in World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing) and The Whole She-Bang 2 (Toronto Sisters in Crime).

In her less mysterious pursuits, Judy works as a freelance writer; her articles have appeared regularly in dozens of U.S. and Canadian consumer and trade publications. Judy is currently the Senior Editor of New England Antiques Journal and the Editor of Home BUILDER Canada.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime – Guppies, Sisters in Crime – Toronto, Crime Writers of Canada, and the Short Fiction Mystery Society. She lives in a small town northwest of Toronto, Canada.

Find Judy at, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life.

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