Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Toni L. P. Kelner

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Laura Fleming mystery series
Down Home Murder
Dead Ringer
Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen
Country Comes to Town
Tight as a Tick
Death of a Damn Yankee
Mad as the Dickens
Wed and Buried
Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg: A Laura Fleming Collection

Where Are They Now: Tilda Harper mystery series
Curse of the Kissing Cousins
Who Killed the Pinup Queen
Blast from the Past

 

Laura Fleming mystery series
Down Home Murder

They say you can’t go home again, and Laura Burnette Fleming thinks they may have a point. Moving to Boston has made her a bona fide Yankee in the eyes of her Byerly, North Carolina family. Yet Laura still rushes back to see her ailing grandpa. Paw is in a bad way, rousing just long enough to tell Laura he was attacked before passing away. The family has its share of issues lately, but surely not even the grasping cousins slyly sizing up Paw’s possessions could commit murder. With the aid of her Shakespearean scholar husband, Richard, and her indomitable great-aunt Maggie, Laura confronts a slew of family secrets. Turns out Paw may have seen something that a killer is determined to keep quiet. And Laura will have to untangle the truth, before this homecoming leads to another homicide…

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DeadRinger

New love is in the air, though uncharitable kinfolk speculate that cousin Thaddeous’s girlfriend, mill receptionist Joleen, has an ulterior motive for dating him. Byerly’s mill has long been the town’s lifeblood, but when Laura arrives to try and fix Joleen’s faulty PC, she finds that death has just paid a visit. A stranger’s body lies on the office floor, and the victim bears a striking resemblance to Big Bill Walters. Did the mill’s founder have a doppelganger, or was someone in Byerly’s first family spreading wild oats? Laura isn’t planning to get involved—she’s busy trying to help Aunt Daphine, who’s being blackmailed over a decades-old secret. But the twin mysteries will have other deadly repercussions, unless Laura can see through a killer’s disguise…

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Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen

Bells are ringing in Byerly, and fifth time might be the charm for Aunt Ruby Lee. Laura Fleming and her husband are back in town to celebrate Ruby Lee remarrying her ex, Roger. Ruby Lee and Roger’s rebellious teenage daughter, Ilene, who’s dating a notorious bad boy, runs off to take part in the neighboring town’s country music Jamboree. Before Laura can bring her errant kin home, Ilene’s beau, Tom Honeywell, is found dead on a tour bus. Laura is sure that Ilene’s only crime is bad taste in boyfriends, and Tom had enough enemies to fill the whole parking lot. But with Ilene in jail, Ruby Lee frantic, and the police chief sticking to his guns, it’ll take quick sleuthing for Laura to shine a spotlight on the real culprit in time for Ruby Lee and Roger to say “I do” again.

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Country Comes to Town

Laura is thrilled to hear that her cousin Thaddeous is visiting from North Carolina. Before she can begin showing him the best of Beantown, however, bad news also comes to call. Laura’s college boyfriend, Philip, is found dead behind her apartment building. Philip had recently contacted Laura, trying to mooch a place to stay. Guilt and old ties compel her to investigate, and Thaddeous’s Southern charm is a real asset in wheedling information out of Philip’s loved ones and friends. Not that Laura’s difficult ex had many of either; his wife had kicked him out and he was on the brink of getting fired. Working undercover at Philip’s software company, Laura begins to decode the murderer’s motive. But as she and Thaddeous root out a mess of blackmail and revenge, they edge closer to a killer who’s just waiting for them to make a permanent fatal error…

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Tight As A Tick

Cousin Augustus returning from the army is a perfect reason to gather for a party in Byerly, North Carolina. While Laura and Richard, are in town, her formidable great-aunt Maggie has an assignment in mind. Carney Alexander was recently found dead under his own table at Tight as a Tick Flea Market, where Aunt Maggie is a regular dealer. The flea market’s regulars prove as colorful and quirky as the goods they offer, and plenty had reason for wanting to see Carney and his stall shut down permanently. But locating the genuine article among a slew of motives won’t be easy—especially with the killer in the market for another victim…

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DeathofaDamnYankee

Businessman Burt Walters is hoping Laura can dig up dirt on Marshall and Grace Saunders, proposed buyers of Walters Mill. Laura knows Burt has good reasons for opposing the deal, and not just because the Saunderses are Yankees. But the mill has long been Byerly’s bread-and-butter, and stakes are high. Half her family is pro-buyout and half against. Soon it’s more than tempers flaring, for a spate of suspicious fires culminates in Marshall’s death. With her cousin Linwood a prime suspect, Laura is called to uncover the truth. Amid a mess of double-crossing, blackmail and fraud, she sets a trap to catch a killer…

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MadAstheDickens

Laura Fleming’s theater-loving husband, Richard, is getting an early Christmas present—he’s been asked to direct Byerly’s production of A Christmas Carol. But the play is beset by practical jokes and glitches, and Seth Murdstone makes an unconvincing Scrooge. When Seth is found murdered backstage, Laura agrees to investigate. This time, she has an unexpected sidekick: Byerly’s police chief Junior Norton, who’s determined to solve the case before her ambitious deputy does. Between grudge-filled rivals and feuding family members, there are plenty of likely suspects. But which one decided to bring the curtain down on Seth, and can Laura and Junior stop the culprit from staging an unwanted encore performance?

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WedAndBuried

Laura Fleming is shocked to hear that her indomitable Aunt Maggie, a spinster closer to eighty than seventy, has eloped with Big Bill Walters. Laura and her family hightail it home, where Laura discovers the real motive behind Aunt Maggie’s marriage. Someone is trying to kill Big Bill, and Aunt Maggie plans to stick close enough to find the culprit—with Laura’s help. Big Bill is Byerly’s wealthiest businessman, so it’s little surprise certain folks have a beef with him. In fact, there’s a stack of threatening letters going back decades to wade through. Claims of land theft and worker injury abound, plus Aunt Maggie’s one-time beau, Pudd’nhead Wilson, is back in town. Laura concocts a risky plan to lure the killer into the open. But she’ll need to keep Aunt Maggie safe too, or Byerly’s oldest newlywed will soon be its newest widow…

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Collected together for the first time, the seven stories in Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg feature fan favorite characters such as Sue Randolph, Wynette Weston, Belva Tucker, and Byerly police chief Junior Norton, in addition to all the quirky aunts, uncles, and cousins that make up the extended Burnette family. Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg also includes two Laura Fleming stories, as well as the Agatha Award-nominated “The Death of Erik the Redneck” and the Anthony and Macavity awards-nominated “Bible Belt.” Packed with the same smart, witty storytelling that’s made the Laura Fleming mystery series a hit with readers and reviewers alike, Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg is a true Byerly homecoming.

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Where Are They Now: Tilda Harper mystery series
Where Are They Now? / Tilda Harper

The cult classic sitcom, Kissing Cousins, lasted only a few seasons, but its cast is having an even harder time surviving. In the past three months, three Kissing Cousins costars have died under suspicious circumstances. Boston-based celebrity journalist, Tilda Harper, would say that’s a wicked big coincidence. As a freelance reporter for entertainment magazine Entertain Me!, Tilda already has good reason to investigate the deaths. But she’s also a fan of the show, and if the killer’s pattern holds, Tilda’s favorite actress, Mercy Ashford, will be the next to die. Tilda wants to warn her, but Mercy has been off the air—and off the grid—for decades. Tilda must get to the bottom of the so-called Kissing Cousins’ curse. One thing’s certain: if Tilda doesn’t solve this case soon, the only Kissing Cousins reunion she’ll see will be in the obituaries.

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Who Killed the Pinup Queen by Toni L. P. Kelner

The last thing entertainment reporter Tilda Harper expects is for one of her feature articles to suddenly become an obituary. But when the subject of an upcoming piece—former 50s pinup queen, Sandra Sechrest—is brutally killed, Tilda’s story quickly develops into a murder investigation. There are few leads and many questions. Was it the work of greedy relatives? An obsessed fan? Or perhaps a jealous lover? Adding to the puzzle, are the startling confidential connections between Sandra and the Hollywood stars of her day that Tilda uncovers while researching a project. As Tilda focuses on the case, she unwittingly becomes a target herself. It seems someone has a secret that they’ll do anything to keep, and Tilda’s getting a little too close to the truth. If she doesn’t pin down this pinup killer soon, Tilda could be the next to die.

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When Tilda Harper is invited to the Cape Cod set of an upcoming action film, she finds there’s just as much drama behind-the-scenes as on the screen. Celebrity stalkers and pushy paparazzi are bad enough, but now it seems that someone wants to shut down the production and its handsome lead… permanently. Rising star John Laryea has come a long way from The Blastoffs, the popular children’s show that launched his career. Pharos could be his breakout hit, but only if he can survive the deadly action off-camera. When a suspicious accident nearly ends John’s career and his life, it’s up to Tilda to figure out who has it in for the Hollywood hunk. It won’t be easy—Tilda’s list of suspects is longer than a blockbuster credit roll. With the help of an old flame, Tilda tries to stop a killer before they can make John’s next scene, his last.

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