Review: Quiet Anchorage by Ed Lynskey

Title: Quiet Anchorage

Author: Ed Lynskey

Published: Books For A Buck Feb 2011

Synopsis: Quiet Anchorage, Virginia, looks like paradise. When she’s accused of murdering her fiance, however, the small town is anything but heavenly for Megan Connors. With her fingerprints on the murder weapon, it looks like an open-and-shut case, and Sheriff Fox, running for reelection and anxious to get credit for ‘solving’ a murder case, intends on ramming through charges and getting a conviction. Megan’s only champions are her aging aunts. They don’t believe she’s guilty, but what can two senior citizens do against the powers of the state and the evidence against Megan?  Isabel and Alma Trumbo may be aging, even worried about memory loss, but they’ve read just about every mystery published in the past half-century. They’re sure they’ve picked up the skills and knowledge they need to prove Megan’s innocence. Starting with the town’s gossips and loafers, then scaling up when the sexy ex-girlfriend of one of the Sheriff’s deputies joins them, they search for alternate suspects, possible motives, and any evidence that might exonerate their niece.

Status: Read from August 25 to 26, 2011 — I own a copy {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

Quiet Anchorage is a debut cozy mystery for Ed Lynskey in the tradition of Anne George’s Southern Sisters series. In the small American town of Quiet Anchorage, sisters Isabel and Alma Trumbo enjoy sipping iced tea, reading mystery novels, watching ‘stories’ and completing the odd crossword or two but these two spry septuagenarians are incensed when their niece, Megan, is accused of the murder of her fiance and set out to prove Sheriff Fox wrong and unmask the real killer.

With just enough misdirection to keep the reader off balance, this mystery is well thought out and engaging. Through a combination of clever investigation and a little luck, the sisters identify several possible suspects including the arrogant Sheriff seeking reelection and his rival deputy.
Alma and Isabel bicker good naturedly and have a cynical wisdom afforded by age. The pair are very likable protagonists being forthright and slightly eccentric. Sammi Jo is a good foil for the two, the brawn behind the brains almost. The book is also populated by the quintessential small town characters like the ‘Benchwarmers’ that add to the appeal of the story by grounding it firmly in a community.

The novel’s gentle momentum and sense of humor has an undeniable charm. I noticed that Lynskey often misused prepositions and punctuation was a bit hit and miss but these were minor issues.

Quiet Anchorage is a delightful cozy mystery that I enjoyed. Lynskey is planning on creating a series based on the lively Alma and Isabel Trumbo and their newly incorporated investigation agency so keep an eye out for more titles.

Read the first chapter online


About the Author

Ed Lynskey is a crime fiction writer living with his family in a Virginia suburb near Washington, D.C. He has authored the P.I. Frank Johnson series, the latest out this year, The Zinc Zoo. His standalone Appalachian noir Lake Charles will be out in June. Taking a break from the noir and hardboiled mode, his first small town cozy mystery, Quiet Anchorage, went on sale in March 2011.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer | Book Den
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 00:05:29

    I enjoyed Quiet Anchorage, too. I think it’s a great premise for a cozy mystery series.



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