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January 26, 2018

Sister Sleuths Isabel & Alma Return in Their New Cozy Mystery A BIG DILL!

They're back...just in time for your winter reading pleasure. My sister sleuths Isabel & Alma Trumbo return in a A Big Dill. A couple things of note: my mysteries are now available as paperbacks and offered as ebooks in the Apple iTunes store.

On the same day their beloved beagle Petey Samson runs away from home, they confront their ninth murder mystery. Holly McBride, owner and operator of the popular spice shop A Big Dill on Main Street, is found slain behind the checkout counter.

Isabel and Alma quickly identify Holly’s ex, Sterling McBride, and her landlady, Tallulah Pettigrew, as the two leading murder suspects. Meantime, Sammi Jo Garner, the Trumbo sisters’ young friend and able assistant, contends with her ongoing romance problems with her footloose boyfriend Reynolds Kyle.

Sharp in both mind and tongue as ever, Isabel and Alma snoop in their Virginia small town of Quiet Anchorage to hunt down the right clues to solve the whodunit. The latest series novel A Big Dill is a fun addition to the cozy mystery genre in the tradition of Agatha Christie, Jessica Fletcher, and Anne George.

Place your orders for A Big Dill from these ebook retailers at the discounted price of $2.99 (regular price: $3.99).
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BNJZDR
B&N link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-bi...
Kobo link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-bi...
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...
Apple link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id13...
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Published on January 26, 2018 11:36 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

May 13, 2017

Sister Sleuths Isabel & Alma Are On The Case In Their New Cozy Mystery HEIRLOOM

HEIRLOOM, the eighth title in the Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series, has been published at your favorite e-book retailers. The easy laughs and good fun continue with the same cast of characters with a couple of new twists to keep things fresh and different. You can find out more information on the Goodreads page.

In this outing, Isabel and Alma encounter a mysterious family heirloom while solving a town murder, which seems to follow them. All of the usual series characters including Sammi Jo, Petey Samson, Sheriff Roscoe Fox, and the Three Musketeers return in top form. Keep in mind all of my cozy mysteries are clean reads with no gore. I also write my mystery series as standalone books, so you don't have to read all the titles in the series to enjoy the latest one.

Thanks for your interest in my cozies.
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Published on May 13, 2017 07:38 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

April 14, 2017

Sister Sleuths Isabel & Alma Return In Their New Cozy Mystery HEIRLOOM

descriptionHEIRLOOM, the eighth title in the Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series, is available for discounted pre-order as an e-book. HEIRLOOM will be released on April 29. You can find out more information on the Goodreads page.

In this outing, Isabel and Alma encounter a mysterious family heirloom while solving a town murder. All of the usual series characters including Sammi Jo, Petey Samson, Sheriff Roscoe Fox, and the Three Musketeers return in fine form. Keep in mind my cozy mysteries are clean reads. I also write my mystery series as standalone books, so you don't have to read all the titles in the series to enjoy the latest one.

Thanks for your interest in my cozies.
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Published on April 14, 2017 14:47 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

April 1, 2017

My Sister Sleuths Isabel & Alma Return In Their New Cozy Mystery HEIRLOOM

descriptionHi Everybody,

I'm excited to announce HEIRLOOM, the eighth title in the Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series, is available for pre-order at 25% off. If you're not keen on pre-orders, don't worry because I'll send out an announcement in about a month on the release date (Saturday, April 29th) of HEIRLOOM.

In this outing, Isabel and Alma encounter a mysterious family heirloom while solving a town murder. All of the usual series characters including Sammi Jo, Petey Samson, Sheriff Roscoe Fox, and the Three Musketeers return in fine form. Keep in mind my cozy mysteries are clean reads. I also write my mystery series as standalone books, so you don't have to read all the titles in the series to enjoy the latest one.

You can pre-order your copy of HEIRLOOM for the discounted price of $2.99 (regular price: $3.99) from these online e-book retailers:

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XTJWDWR
Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books...
Kobo link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/heir...
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

If you can mark HEIRLOOM as "To-Read" on your Goodreads account, that's also useful to me. Thank you for your interest in my cozies.
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Published on April 01, 2017 08:56 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

March 3, 2017

#SampleSunday: Murder in a One-Hearse Town

descriptionChapter 1

“There’s been an, um, incident,” Sheriff Fox said.

“Oh, dear. Please don’t tell me it’s a...” Isabel said, her voice trailing off.

“Yes ma’am, I’m afraid so.” Sheriff Fox paused at speaking on his smart phone. “It’s the dreaded M-word.”

“Murder,” Isabel said with a gasp as her pulse quickened. “Here. Again.”

“Yes. Murder. Here. Again.”

“Unspeakable.”

“Tell me about it. Just between you and me and the hat rack, I’m thinking hard about turning in my resignation letter.”

“That’s a drastic step to take. Why?”

“All these murders exact their toll on a small town sheriff.”

“Aw, that’s pure horseradish, Roscoe. You should be able to take the heat in the kitchen if Alma and I can stand it.”

“Speaking of the devil, what is Alma doing right now?”

“Well...” Sitting in her favorite armchair, Isabel craned her neck around to peer down the hallway to where she saw Alma squealing and clapping hands at their pet beagle Petey Sampson. With his tail wagging, he woof-woofed at her, and she woof-woofed right back at him.

“Would you believe it if I told you she’s playing hide-and-go-seek with Petey Sampson? First, she found him scrunched under her bed, and he just discovered her squished up inside the foyer closet. There’s never a dull moment around here.”

End of Chapter 1 reading sample. If you enjoyed reading Murder in a One-Hearse Town, click on the title link to take you to its Goodreads page for more information. Thank you for your interest in reading my new Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery.
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Published on March 03, 2017 16:15 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

January 30, 2017

Announcing New Release: Vi's Ring in Isabel & Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series

Please join me in the ebook release of my new title Vi's Ring in the popular Isabel & Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series.

Isabel and Alma Trumbo, the retired sister sleuths living in Quiet Anchorage, Virginia, tackle one of their more unusual murder cases to date. Stan Bennett, Alma’s first ex-husband, pays them a visit and reveals his younger sister Violet “Vi” Bennett has been murdered at the local Buttercup Bed and Breakfast. Stan and Vi stayed overnight there on their way to a doll collectors’ convention. It doesn’t take Isabel and Alma very long to identify Stan’s young and beautiful wife Nicole, a tax attorney, and the bed-and-breakfast owner Chloe Glover as the two possible murder suspects.

Vi's Ring is a traditional whodunit set in a charming small town. Join Isabel and Alma when they set off on solving their latest mystery that is as fun and challenging for them as it is for the reader.

"When you need a good true cozy book, The Trumbo Sisters are fantastic."
5-star Amazon review

"Fans of this series will enjoy a whodunit set in the charming small town of Quiet Anchorage, Virginia."
Crime Fiction Lover.com

Grab your copy of Vi's Ring for the reduced price of $2.99 (regular price: $3.99) from these online retailers:

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAT44Y0
Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vis-r...
Kobo link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vi-s...
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Thank you for your interest in my cozy mystery series.
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Published on January 30, 2017 15:49 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

November 27, 2016

New Lower Price! Nozy Cat 1, 1st Piper & Bill Robins Cozy Mystery by Ed Lynskey, Is Now Just 99¢!

The Corpse Wore Gingham: A Piper & Bill Robins Mystery, Book #1 . Piper and Bill Robins are a retired couple who take up sleuthing in their suburb when they find a neighbor murdered. The second book Fur the Win in the cozy mystery series was published this past spring. Here's a reading sample from The Corpse Wore Gingham now on sale for 99 cents:

Chapter 1

The wall telephone rang, and Bill Robins, frowning, picked up the handset. He’d just finished removing the last coffee mugs from the top rack of the dishwasher to put away on the cupboard shelf. He recognized Emily Davenport’s nasal voice from when she’d called him on previous occasions. Her octogenarian mother Anna, who lived one house down the street from the Robinses, had not answered Emily’s repeated phone calls or recorded voicemail messages over the past two days.

“I’m concerned about her,” Emily said. “Can you do me a favor?”

“Just name it, Emily,” he said.

“Would you mind going next door and check on her? She may have tumbled down the stairs and broken her leg or hip.”

“I hope not, and I’ll be glad to do it,” he said while shaking his head to mean he was anything but that. It was bad enough he went over to do the handyman tasks and sort of look after her. “I’ll call you right back as soon as I know something. Talk to you later.”

He hung up, grumbling to nobody in particular. Emily was about the only caller using the landline phone, and he regretted not getting rid of it. The Robinses were probably the lone holdouts on their city block to still have one.

“Quit grumbling,” Piper said from the kitchen doorway. She looked up at her husband who never put on any pounds. They dressed in cotton, hers the summery shade of beige and his taupe. “You sound like a sixty-eight-year old grump,” she said. “Who called us?”

His short, slim wife’s sudden appearance surprised him. “Who called us the last time on the landline?” he asked. “Who leaves me grumbling?”

“Just tell me.”

“Emily Davenport from Bakersfield, California, requested me to visit next door and see how Anna is faring.”

“Why? Isn’t she answering her phone?”

“You know she’s half-deaf and refuses to wear her hearing aid. Emily said she has been trying for the past two days to reach her with no success.”

“Did you agree to do it?”

He was annoyed. “Reluctantly, yes, I said I would like I always do.”

“Then we have no other choice but to take out five minutes and pop over to see what’s what.”

He pushed in the dishwasher’s top rack and lifted the door to close it. “Do you know what happened to the house key she lent me? She won’t hear our knock.”

“Didn’t she give it to you the last time you went over? Wasn’t it the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend? We’d just gotten home from the city parade.”

“I slipped the house key into my pocket, and after that where it went is anybody’s guess.”

“I know it didn’t fall out of your pocket during the washer’s spin cycle.”

“Let’s go on anyway. She seldom remembers to lock up despite all my reminders.”

“Has she grown so absent-minded? I hardly bump into her anymore for our chats. You’d better tell Emily her forgetful mother doesn’t keep her house secured.”

“The next time Emily and I talk, I’ll be sure to bring it up. For now, we have just enough time to touch base with Anna before we have to be off.”

“Noreen won’t mind hanging loose if we don’t arrive on the stroke of twelve noon.”

“Let’s still make it snappy.” He cut out of the kitchen, and she followed him.

End of the sample taken from Chapter 1 to The Corpse Wore Gingham: A Piper & Bill Robins Mystery, Book #1 by Ed Lynskey.
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Published on November 27, 2016 07:08 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

November 18, 2016

My New Cozy Mystery "Murder in a One-Hearse Town" Is Now on Sale

descriptionHey, everybody. I've put my new cozy mystery Murder in a One-Hearse Town on sale for $2.99. Sister sleuths Isabel & Alma Trumbo are funny and feisty, as ever. Here's a reading sample, the opening paragraphs to Chapter 1:

“There’s been an, um, incident,” Sheriff Fox said.

“Oh, dear. Please don’t tell me it’s a...” Isabel said, her voice trailing off.

“Yes ma’am, I’m afraid so.” Sheriff Fox paused at speaking on his smart phone. “It’s the dreaded M-word.”

“Murder,” Isabel said with a gasp as her pulse quickened. “Here. Again.”

“Yes. Murder. Here. Again.”

“Unspeakable.”

“Tell me about it. Just between you and me and the hat rack, I’m thinking hard about turning in my resignation letter.”

“That’s a drastic step to take. Why?”

“All these murders exact their toll on a small town sheriff.”

“Aw, that’s pure horseradish, Roscoe. You should be able to take the heat in the kitchen if Alma and I can stand it.”

“Speaking of the devil, what is Alma doing right now?”

“Well...” Sitting in her favorite armchair, Isabel craned her neck around to peer down the hallway to where she saw Alma squealing and clapping hands at their pet beagle Petey Sampson. With his tail wagging, he woof-woofed at her, and she woof-woofed right back at him.

“Would you believe it if I told you she’s playing hide-and-go-seek with Petey Sampson? First, she found him scrunched under her bed, and he just discovered her squished up inside the foyer closet. There’s never a dull moment around here.”

End of Chapter 1 reading sample. If you enjoyed reading Murder in a One-Hearse Town, click on the title link to take you to its Goodreads page for more information. Thank you for your interest in reading my new Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery!
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Published on November 18, 2016 15:55 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

November 15, 2016

99-Cents Sale on the First Book in My Private Eye Series

I'm excited to announce the first cool book in my P.I. Frank Johnson Mystery Series Pelham Fell Here is now on sale as an e-book for $0.99 for a limited time.

Here's the book description:

Ex-military cop and part-time gunsmith Frank Johnson finds his cousin Cody Chapman killed by a twelve-gauge shotgun. Enraged, Frank wants some answers, and fast. Was Cody involved in an arms smuggling scheme? The mystery deepens and grows dangerous when a pair of murderous deputy sheriffs ambush Frank. After killing them in self-defense, Frank must take it on the lam while he continues his murder investigation. Eventually, he discovers a group of neo-Nazis holed up at a remote castle who may be the ones behind his cousin's murder. Luckily, his bounty hunter pals Chet and Gerald Peyton throw in with Frank to even up the odds.

Here are the excerpts from the Amazon readers's reviews:

"The story transformed itself into a rich, colourful, suspenseful narrative with many layers. The new found captivating pace held my attention to the very last page."
--Toni Osborne

"The action is constant with plenty of surprises along the way."
--Thomas Duff

"A very tight knit mystery read and one that I am proud to recommend."
--Shirley Johnson

"Three-dimensional characters with good dialog make this book a very good read."
--Joe Walsh

"A good way to begin a new series for anyone who likes down to earth tales."
--J.D. Anderson

"I love crime fiction that holds my interest and draws me to the characters. This book fits in that category perfectly."
--mysteryfan

Thanks for your interest!
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Published on November 15, 2016 16:03 Tags: adventure-fiction, detective-novel, hardboiled, mystery, private-eye, romance, suspense, thriller

November 7, 2016

Falling Back One Hour: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

So, I took an informal poll of my Facebook and Twitter friends about the time change rolling back one hour over the past weekend. I got a variety of responses, a few disliking it, a few with no opinion. and a few even liking it. At any rate, the time change does take a readjustment to our body clocks. I'm more of a fan of the longer evenings. Darkness falling at five o'clock just feels weird to me. On the other hand, I get up at four in the morning, so I can appreciate and experience the daybreak coming earlier. I was too involved this morning with writing my new cozy mystery to notice it, but I will by tomorrow morning, I'm sure. Our cat has already made the necessary readjustment since she wants breakfast when it turns daylight. I always take heart when the winter solstice comes on December 21st, and the days start getting longer once again.
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Published on November 07, 2016 08:51 Tags: cozies, cozy, cozy-mysteries, cozy-mystery, ed-lynskey, humor, mysteries-cozy, romance, whodunit, women-sleuths

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