David Allen Edmonds
Author David Allen Edmonds began by writing The Faculty Lounge Stories, based on his career as a high school teacher. Personal Pronouns and Indirect Objects, known as the ‘Joe Lehrer Mysteries,’ are suburban noir novels featuring the same characters and setting. Now retired from the classroom, he lives in NE Ohio with his wife, Marie Mirro Edmonds, babysitting their grandchildren, working on a romantic comedy/Hallmark movie, and ruing the inevitable demise of the adverb. Really.
Personal Pronouns is the first novel of the Joe Lehrer Mystery series. Like the classic PI novels of Robert B. Parker, it is filled with suspenseful action and crisp dialogue. Joe Lehrer is an amateur sleuth with faith and romance issues, reminiscent of Sydney Chambers from the traditional British crime series the “The Grantchester Mysteries.” As Joe struggles with the death of his wife, he discovers a far-ranging and deadly conspiracy buried beneath the emerald lawns of suburban Stradford.
Indirect Objects is the second Joe Lehrer Mystery. The main character faces vengeance with the ethical center of Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar. His friend and fellow teacher Lexan Warner lives with a nightmare-like childhood reminiscent of the crime fighting protagonist in Melinda Leigh’s Cross Her Heart. While Joe fights political conspiracy in suburban Stradford, Lexan battles the opioid crisis and her own personal demons. Their personal relationship hangs in the balance.