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Ed Lynskey

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Ed Lynskey and his family live and work near Washington, D.C. He likes walking, watching baseball, and playing with their cat Frannie. He currently writes two cozy mystery series. Contact Ed at e_lynskey@yahoo.com to receive his books newsletter.

This week I was thrilled to release the makeover to the front cover of my latest private eye novel After the Big Noise. I used a larger, bolder sans serif font to make the book title and author (yours truly) stand out more. After the Big Noise is my favorite of the private eye novels I've written and published.

I've been working on my two cozy mystery series this year. However, I haven't put t... Read more of this blog post »
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" Earl wrote: "Good looking cover, Ed. Best wishes for great success with all you have going on."

Thanks, Earl. You, as well. Have a great summer.
"Chapter 1 to After the Big Noise: A P.I. Frank Johnson Mystery by Ed Lynskey.

“Get a load of this, Frank.” Gerald Peyton’s pause set off his pronouncement. “She is expecting to get a wedding ring.”

“That’s understandable,” I said, unsure how he coul..." Read more of this chapter »
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“He peeled out the banknotes from inside a billfold held on a chain and paid her. Andy Jackson’s eyes were X’d out. For an edgy instant she wondered if his money was counterfeit. She also noted his missing middle finger, and a skull tattoo decorated his sinewy wrist.

She put down the card key. “You’re in Seven, straight down the courtyard.”

He slid the card key off, but it fell to the floor. "Oops. I
haven’t gotten used to this high gravity.”

“I beg your pardon?”

“Nothing. I’m just punchy from all the driving.”
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“Get a load of this, Frank.” Gerald Peyton’s pause set off his pronouncement. “She is expecting to get a wedding ring.”

“That’s understandable,” I said, unsure how he could afford a ring on what our firm cleared. Diamond rings—more sold in December than in any other month of the year—went for a cool grand per karat. Weeks ago, I’d priced them—again—for my domestic situation. “What seems to be the problem?”

“That’s a big leap for me to make.”

“I expect you’ll make it with room to spare.”
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“You love to figure out things as much as I do,” Piper said.
“Like what?” Bill asked.
“You fix broken stuff,” Piper replied.
“Repairing a broken toaster or steam iron is far different than unraveling a murder mystery," Bill said.”
Ed Lynskey, The Corpse Wore Gingham

“A decade ago when Isabel’s husband Max had died, they’d moved in together and merged their possessions. Neither sister brought any fussy teapots, canaries, sachets, or doilies,
but lots of other stuff had to either stay or go. Looking at the lime green gave Alma the willies. Her suggestion to slipcover it in a more subdued color had garnered Isabel’s frosty stare, and Alma had dropped the matter.”
Ed Lynskey, Quiet Anchorage

“I cadged a complimentary green matchbook with a gold bird icon from the Bell canning jar. Later we'd use the matches to light our spliffs. My fingertips tapped the stem to the gizmo that dinged a bell. Nobody came out. Wrong signal, so I did two bell rings. No response prompted me to tap out a series of bell rings.”
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message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Ed,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author!

message 2: by J.R.

J.R. Nice to see you here Ed. I see you've been busy too since Dirt-Brown Derby.

Pamela Thanks for the request Ed your book looks like a good thriller!


Bradley Thank you for allowing me the honour to become your friend. =)


message 5: by Ivana (last edited Sep 10, 2008 04:32PM)

Ivana Hi Ed,
your writing looks very impressive, congrats on the great reviews you're getting and thanks for TBRing 'A Decent Ransom', will do likewise with yours, cheers Ivana

message 6: by Bryan

Bryan Weber Thank you! I am looking forward to checking out your book list and getting some new authors and titles for my collection!

message 7: by Timo

Timo Greetings from Finland!
Thank you for introducing yourself to me. Nice to meet you.
I wonder, I wonder, I wonder if your books are on sale in UK? I'm off there for a vacation pretty soon, so I have to look and see.
Your wife has Finn roots, eh? When I can expect you to make a visit here?

message 8: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Ed,

How are you? Thank you for being my friend.

Please visit these groups when you have a chance: “Happy & Brainy Group” and “To the Glory of Man”.

Have a wonderful weekend. Best regards.

message 9: by Jenn

Jenn Thanks for the comment, Ed! I have a really excellent mystery bookstore in my neighbourhood that may be able to order your book for me. Keep your fingers crossed!

message 10: by Dorlana

Dorlana Hey Ed,
Thanks! I like the title of your book. Have a happy Halloween.

message 11: by Dean

Dean I've been to DC several times. I was born in Winchester, VA, and only live just inside the WV state line. The descriptions you have for your books are interesting, so I'll have to check them out some time.


message 12: by Dean

Dean Romney? That's where I went to school! -blinks- That's...wow.

I hope all your reads are good as well, and have an amazing week!


El Galan Thank you so much for the comment my friend,I didnt believe such a famous writer like yourself would have the time to write me, so you made my day!

I just recently started hearing about you and am checking your Books out, but I dont know which ones I should check out first.Have any suggestions?

-Jose Manuel (AKA Galan)

El Galan Thank you my friend! I will make arrangements to find it now.

Marts  (Thinker) Hi Ed
Nice to meet you!!

message 16: by Jen

Jen Hi Ed,

I was excited to find out that my local library has 2 of your books (and another one on order!). I can't wait to read them :)


message 17: by Betty

Betty Thanks for voting for my "The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley" on the Listopia list: Best YA Book

Keep your computer humming as you churn out more of those exciting books.

Fondly - Betty Dravis

message 18: by Scott

Scott Thanks for the add!!!

Most of my reading material is good. I have pretty diverse interests so I can get into reading just about anything. Lately, it seems I have not had the time I would like to sit down and get into a good book. Hopefully that will change here soon.

message 20: by Kelly

Kelly Hey Ed! Thanks for the add. I really enjoyed reading The Black Dahlia, and I hope you'll enjoy it too.

message 21: by Jack

Jack Enjoy the Black Dahlia Ed. It's hauntingly disturbing, but it's also probably my favorite crime novel.

message 22: by Anne (last edited Dec 15, 2008 04:20PM)

Anne Hello Fellow Virginian!
Thanks for friending me on Goodreads. Hope your week is off to a good start....

message 23: by Bonnie

Bonnie God's Gift
Little baby on the hay,
soon there'll be another day
when nails shall pierce Your hands
and feet as You provide our sin's defeat.
Risen Jesus on the throne,
we lift our praise to You alone-
for You're the gift that we receive
the moment that our hearts believe.
-Roy Lessin

This Christmas,as you consider all the awesome things that have come to you through Jesus,God's perfect gift,remember that it is but a taste of all the goods things that are yet to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

message 24: by Mary

Mary Hey Ed!
Thanks for the friend request, I was a bit lonely!!
This site is magnificent and I am trying to sort out what books I want to read.
I will certainly take a look at your books too. They sound really interesting!


message 25: by Nikki

Nikki I thought I recognized your name! I'm waiting for Blue Cheer to come in from the library. Can't wait to read it. Happy sunday to you too.

message 26: by Ed

Ed Way cool, Nikki! Thank you for writing and for checking into The Blue Cheer at your library. I hope it's a good read for you. Please let me know.


message 27: by Bonnie

Bonnie "Books,like friends,should be few and well chosen."
-SAmuel Paterson

message 28: by Stephanie (last edited Feb 21, 2009 03:34AM)

Stephanie there certaintly was a movie :)
the book, and movie happen to be two of my very favorites
and imo, actually did each other justice, doesnt happen often with books made into movies

I found a few to add to my list thru yours :)
thank you

message 29: by Bridget

Bridget Thanks, you too:)

message 30: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hin Ed,
Thanks for the friendship.
Always great to meet another thriller writer and proud to be your new buddy on Goodreads.

Jennifer Chase Hi Ed,

Your P.I. Frank Johnson series sounds great. I can't wait to read!


message 32: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Thanks for the invite--will have to check your writing when i am feeling better-dwon with bronchtis for the week or more! :( Your lists look good--see you too are lloking forward to Zombie CSI! :) I do want to look that one over in store first! Been doing a lot of manga this year--but some adult titles do go on your direction somewhat these days. thank you again1 will check out your writings soon--promise!

message 33: by Barry

Barry Thanks for the friend invite. I need to check out your page. Check out my blog and tell me what you think. http://livingwithdialaysis.blogspot.com/

message 34: by Alta

Alta Thank you for the friend invite! Give me some time, and I'm sure some of your books will be showing up on my list :D

message 35: by Cora

Cora Thank you for the invite. I will certainly have to check out your writing. I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I'm sure that I'll be reading some of your books in the near future.

message 36: by Ed

Ed Cora wrote: "Thank you for the invite. I will certainly have to check out your writing. I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I'm sure that I'll be reading some of your books in the near future."

Thank you for the friend add, Cora, and sharing your reading list. I just finished Double Indemnity and loved it. Please consider flagging my books as To Be Read, if you do that. Have a great Sunday.

message 37: by Krista

Krista Hi Ed, Thanks for the add!

Elizabeth Hi Ed,
A Belated Happy new year to you!

Charlotte What is the book series that you write about?

message 40: by Ed

Ed I write the Private Investigator Frank Johnson mystery series. The books are on Good Reads with their descriptions. Thanks for asking.

message 41: by Saxon

Saxon Henry Hi Ed: is there a web site or blog you'd like me to list on my blog? http://theroadtopromise.blogspot.com

message 42: by Valerie

Valerie Hi...thanks for the friend request ~ nice to "meet" you! I'm looking forward to reading your books ~ I'm always up for a new mystery series to dig into!

message 43: by Alex

Alex Hi Ed,

This Alex, I jsut became a friend of yours today. I am wondering if your books are either in electronic format or audio. I say this because I am visually imapired, and I read the description of your frist book and it sounds interesting. i would like to read it.

Yours truly,
Alex Diaz
Ed wrote: "I write the Private Investigator Frank Johnson mystery series. The books are on Good Reads with their descriptions. Thanks for asking."

message 44: by Ed

Ed Alex wrote: "Hi Ed,

This Alex, I jsut became a friend of yours today. I am wondering if your books are either in electronic format or audio. I say this because I am visually imapired, and I read the descri..."

Alex wrote: "Hi Ed,

This Alex, I jsut became a friend of yours today. I am wondering if your books are either in electronic format or audio. I say this because I am visually imapired, and I read the descri..."

Hi Alex,

I'm not sure what you mean by electronic format. The Dirt-Brown Derby, Pelham Fell Here, and Out of Town For a Few Days are all available as e-books. None of my books right now are out in audio. Thanks for asking.


message 45: by Dana

Dana I hope this message finds you and your world well. - Dana

message 46: by Jan

Jan Wow, I'd nearly forgotten the DetecToday chats! It seems like those were SO long ago. They were a lot of fun, though. I'm not too active there nowadays, although I did pop in recently to see if anyone knew whatever became of Stephen Greenleaf.

message 47: by Gerald

Gerald Griffin Ed, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holoday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays are now passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website, www.authorgeraldgriffin.com, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there! A nice remembrance.


message 48: by Fran

Fran Friel Many thanks, Ed! Lovely to see you here.


message 49: by Erin

Erin Jamison Ed,

Thanks for the friendship.

message 50: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friendship, Ed. I'm looking forward to reading "Quiet Anchorage". It's on my wish-list.

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