Friday, 28 February 2020

Toni L. P. Kelner (also writing as Leigh Perry)

Author Website | Bibliography | Reviews

The Family Skeleton Mysteries (Written as Leigh Perry) | Biblio & Rights Info.
A Skeleton in the Family
The Skeleton Takes a Bow

The Skeleton Haunts a House
The Skeleton Paints a Picture
The Skeleton Makes a Friend
The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking

Anthologies (Co-edited with Charlaine Harris) | Biblio & Rights Info.
Many Bloody Returns
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
Death’s Excellent Vacation
Home Improvement: Undead Edition
An Apple for the Creature
Games Creatures Play
Dead But Not Forgotten

The Laura Fleming Series | Biblio & Rights Info.
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

The Tilda Harper/Where Are They Now? Series | Biblio & Rights Info.
Curse of the Kissing Cousins (formerly Without Mercy)
Who Killed the Pinup Queen?
Blast from the Past

Award-Winning Short Fiction
“The Death of Erik the Redneck” in Malice Domestic 5 edited by Phyllis A. Whitney — Agatha Nominee
“Bible Belt” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Anthony and Macavity Nominee
“Sleeping with the Plush” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine — Agatha Winner
“How Stella Got Her Grave Back” in Many Blood Returns — Anthony Nominee
“Skull and Cross-Examinations” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Agatha and Anthony Nominee
“Keeping Watch Over His Flock” in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe — Macavity Nominee
“The Pirate’s Debt” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Derringer Nominee




Praise for The Family Skeleton Mysteries


“A very touching and entertaining whodunit. The mystery is intelligent and nicely done with fun insights into academia and anthropology.”

RT Book Reviews

An effortlessly narrated, meticulously crafted cozy mystery.”

The Big Thrill

“A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY is a very clever, engaging book with several LOL moments. I’m eagerly waiting publication of “The Skeleton Takes a Bow.”

Nightstand Book Reviews

“I loved this unique fusion of paranormal, cozy, and academic mystery.”

Stuff and Nonsense

“I had a grand time reading this fresh, original novel peopled (and skeletoned) with enchanting characters and a warm, engaging story. The undercurrent of the gift of love and loyalty between friends and family members gives this book a burnished glow of strength and peace. I totally loved every page and want to visit with Georgia and Sid again and again. Bring on book two of the series!”

Criminal Element

“The author’s dry humor and ability to poke fun at the pretentious is always evident and this eccentric mystery proves to be surprisingly grounded and realistic. I loved this fun mystery and can’t wait for a sequel that includes this bony and very likable sidekick.”

Kings River Life Magazine


“This is a fun read and before you go making assumptions about skeletons that walk and talk—think about it!!”

Meritorious Mysteries

This off-beat paranormal cozy will resonate with a lot of different types of readers, from the single mom, to the professor, to the paranormal enthusiast. There is literally something for everyone!”

Debbie’s Book Bag

“Readers will not be able to resist smiling as they witness the predicaments that Georgia and Sid find themselves in…Even readers who may not be fans of paranormal stories will find it hard to resist Sid’s charms and are likely to return for his next adventure.”

BOLO Books

“Light-hearted whodunit filled with amusing banter and a great cast of characters in this wonderfully crafted debut series. There’s no bones about it, I can’t wait for the next book in this exciting series.”

Dru’s Book Musings

“If you like cozy mysteries, I urge you to pick up A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY…Georgia Thackeray and Sid make a terrific team. It’s an entertaining mystery involving a very special friendship.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques

“The author’s dry humor and ability to poke fun at the pretentious is always evident and this eccentric mystery proves to be surprisingly grounded and realistic. I loved this fun mystery and can’t wait for a sequel that includes this bony and very likable sidekick.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“Very clever writing and thoroughly enjoyable. Funny and exciting and a great book to read on a chilly autumn evening. A terrific start for this new series.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts

“This was a fantastic and charming cozy mystery with a hint of a paranormal twist.”

Kristen’s Book Jungle

“Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect–except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You’ll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo.”

Charlaine Harris,
The New York Times bestselling author

“Adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery makes a charming debut in A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY. Georgia is fiercely loyal to her best friend, Sid, an actual skeleton who is somehow still ‘alive.’ When Sid see someone he remembers from his past life-who later turns up dead-Georgia finds herself trying to put together the pieces of Sid’s past as she works to hunt down a killer. Amateur sleuth Georgia, and her sidekick, Sid, are just plain fun!”

Sofie Kelly,
The New York Times
bestselling author of Cat Trick

“No bones about it, Leigh Perry hooked me right from the beginning. An unusual premise, quirky characters and smart, dry humor season this well-told mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. It’s too bad Perry’s sleuth is fictional — I’d invite Georgia over for dinner in a heartbeat.”

Bailey Cates,
author of Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti

“A delightful cozy with a skeleton who will tickle your funny bone.”

Paige Shelton,
national-bestselling author of If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion


“Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones! I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving lingers in our house with turkey pot pies made with the leftover meat and vegetables and stock from the skin and bones. And speaking of bones, I’ve just binged on a new discovery for me: Leigh Perry’s “Family Skeleton” series. Sid is the title bag of bones who doesn’t want to stay in the Thackery family’s closet. I started with the first one and am nearly through the third. Light, fun, and totally charming mysteries. Georgia and her teenage daughter Madison remind me of Joan Hess’s Claire Malloy and her daughter.
Margaret Maron,
award-winning author of Corpus Christmas, Bootlegger’s Daughter, and Up Jumps the Devil


“The quirky and delightful Family Skeleton series continues as English professor and single mom Georgia Thackery and her sidekick skeleton, Sid, are back solving a possible murder. This mystery moves effortlessly with good plotting, amusing dialogue and a suspenseful and funny ending. Georgia’s endearing family of crime solvers will have readers clamoring for the next in the series.”

RT Book Reviews

“This is a great cozy filled with sparkling humor and lots of twists and turns….[the] sense of family love and loyalty is pervasive throughout the story. Every cozy lover will revel in THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW.

Criminal Element

“This newest in the Family Skeleton Mystery series is absolutely terrific. Yet again, Perry has come up with a fantastic concept that has never been done…Such a fun read…and because  Perry has, yet again, come up with a barrel of surprises it’s a good bet that there will be more tales of Sid and family in the not too distant future.”

—Suspense Magazine

“THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW is greatly entertaining and a fun read…I highly recommend THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW to fans of cozies in general and especially those who enjoy light hearted paranormal mysteries. I look forward to reading the next installment.”

Open Book Society

“As we get to know this very likable group of people, we can’t wait to see what they will do together next. Thoroughly entertaining read!”

Nightstand Book Reviews

“The humor and wit are razor sharp…The plot succeeds in connecting various threads in an unexpected but logical conclusion. Leigh Perry, the pen name of Toni Kelner, shines in this delightfully funny and unique series that blends paranormal with mystery and academic satire.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“A light-hearted cozy style mystery with slight paranormal overtones…[a] traditional mystery with great characters, interesting subplots and a satisfying mystery…Leigh Perry manages to infuse her story with vast amounts of humor. Perry (and her alter-ego, Toni L.P. Kelner) excel at getting readers to smile and laugh, so fans will expect nothing less.”

BOLO Books

“This story is so much fun to read. It is one of those stories where it is so easy to let go of reality and believe Sid the Skeleton, can walk and talk and think… You will not be sorry. These story will not only tickle your funny bone, it will delight your mind as well.”

Escape with Dollycas

“In THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW, the family love and humor are forefront in an enjoyable mystery…Perry skillfully weaves together Georgia’s life as an adjunct professor, Madison’s school life, family life, and a murder investigation…THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW deserves applause for its refreshing departure from the cozy mystery formula. The cast is an unusual family including a skeleton. There’s a great deal of humor, often due to the long friendship between Georgia and Sid.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques

“As much as I enjoy the cozies I read (or I wouldn’t keep reading them), it’s fun every so often to find a twist on the genre.  That’s definitely the case with the Family Skeleton mysteries. THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW is the second in the series, and it’s a lot of fun. . .So pick up THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW today.  Its unique take on the cozy formula will leave you happily turning pages.”

Carstairs Considers

“The book [is] very funny, and Sid is a great character.  Not to slight the humans.  Georgia, Madison, and Deb are fun, too, but it’s Sid who steals the show. If you like a good cozy, this is one to look for.”

Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine


“A haunted house full of creepy gimmicks and crazy talented scare actors, murder, and a skeleton that walks, talks and solves crimes…This is probably the most perfect Halloween cozy setup ever written.”

The Cozy Pages

“Sid and Georgia are an amazing duo. They complement each other very well and part of the reason why I love original and creative cozy-mysteries such as this one. . . I am excited to see what Leigh Perry will have in store for us next.”

Night Owl Book Cafe

“This fun cozy paranormal mystery provides a unique look at the investigative process when one of the sleuths has been distilled down to bare bones—literally. . .The characters are fun and the wacky situations escalate nicely to the exciting climax.”

Night Owl Suspense

“Leigh Perry does a marvelous job utilizing the humorous aspects to full effect as there are more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. However, the sense of family togetherness is what truly makes THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE perfect. . .each and every aspect of THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE is a true delight.”

Fresh Fiction

“Sid and McHades Hall, the light touch of the Scooby-Doo costumes, and the carnival, are all perfect for a Halloween mystery. Actually, though, THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE, will be a treat, not a trick, any time of year.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques

“I have been in love with skeleton Sid ever since reading the first book in the Family Skeleton series. THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE has only served to make me adore him even more. . .Leigh Perry is a wonderful author. Not only does she pen an awesome mystery, but she makes you forget that one of the lead characters is dead and a skeleton, even though it’s of course mentioned in the story many times. She has given a personality and a soul to a walking stack of bones and it works!”

Lisa K’s Book Reviews

“I will come right out and say it – I love Sid!  The concept of a “living” skeleton as a main character should not work, but it does, delightfully so. . .THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE, and the entire Family Skeleton Mystery series for that matter, is a fun-filled, action-packed read that engrosses the reader from the first page to the last.  Highly recommended!”

Open Book Society

“THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE, Leigh Perry’s third entry in the Family Skeleton series, is a winner. Perry’s ability to make the reader believe in a living skeleton is amazing, and the characters are a big part of making the story work.”

Fresh Fiction

“The perfect mystery to cozy up with on Halloween or any other time of the year.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“If you like quirky cozy mysteries, you’ve got to try the Family Skeleton series by Leigh Perry.”

Michelle’s Romantic Tangle Review

“One of the freshest and original voices in the subgenre of paranormal mystery.”

Talk Nerdy With Us

“Sid (he likes to think of himself as Sherlock Bones) and Georgia come through in the end, of course, and there’s a lot of fun (and a bit of romance) to be had along the way.  Check it out.”

Bill Crider


“THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE is the best book in the series to date.”

BOLO Books

“A well-written and tightly woven whodunit. . .”

Dru’s Book Musings (#4)

“What a treat to see another side of Sid as he makes a friend via an online game.”

Dru’s Book Musings (#5)

This was a great story and mystery, different from the last three but built on the magic and mystery solving duo I love.”

A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery

Make no bones about it, if you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll enjoy THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE.  This is a fun book that will leave you hoping Sid still has a very long life ahead of him.”

Carstairs Considers

“THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE is a mystery that once again proves that Leigh Perry is one of the finest authors of modern humorous cozies . . . The Family Skeleton series is wonderful fun, and can be read by all ages of mystery lover.”

Mutt Cafe

“Another enjoyable book in this series! The mystery is perfectly paced, with plenty of humor, investigation and college professor drama. Sid and Georgia make a great team.”

My Interdimensional Chaos

“I never thought I would find the friendship between a woman and a skeleton to be so charming, moving, or enviable. The murder plot is just as complex and unpredictable, making it a winning entry in the always entertaining field of academic mysteries.”

KRL News & Reviews

“It is a story that is . . . full of compassion, thoughtfulness, [and] gentleness . . .”

goo blog (Japan)

” 5 stars all the way!…A must read for anyone who likes their books a little more unusual than the norm!”

This Is My Truth Now


“Whodunits don’t come much funnier than Perry’s suspenseful fifth mystery featuring “an ambulatory skeleton named Sid.”

Publisher’s Weekly
Starred review!

“…this series just keeps getting better…This is a solidly readable, writerly, thoroughly enjoyable mystery…I can’t imagine it being better, honestly.  I’m looking forward to more from Sid and Georgia.”

Nonstop Reader
4.5 out of 5 stars!

“What a treat to see another side of Sid as he makes a friend via an online game. When said friend asks him to look into the disappearance of a fellow gamer, not only does Sid find a dead body, but something is afoot at the college and it’s up to the Thackerys to fit the pieces together and root out a killer.”

Dru’s Book Musings

“The author did a great job in staging this mystery with enough intrigue that had me immersed in all aspect of this well-written drama. The characters are well-developed and the dialogue is engaging keeping me amused at the antics of Sid, Georgia and Madison. Is Sid a skeleton? He doesn’t feel like one and that is attributed to the author as she has created a believable character in Sid. Overall, this was one of the best book in this delightfully endearing series.”

Dru’s Book Musings
“A Year in Books 2018”

“Fans of Sid will delight in watching him navigate the challenges of having his first “outside” friendship while never straying to far from his smart-alecky roots.”

Bolo Books

“I love this series and I loved this story.”

Escape With Dolly Cas

“Kudos to the author for delivering one of the best in the series with this one.”

This Is My Truth Now

“Ready for a light-hearted, slightly paranormal mystery? The Family Skeleton series by Leigh Perry might be for you. This series is so unique, and the wise-cracking investigating skeleton never gets in the way of the mystery, but only adds to the fun.”

The Book’s The Thing


“Cozy fans who enjoy their mysteries leavened with humor will find their funny bones tickled.”

Publisher’s Weekly
Starred review!

“[A] fast-paced and well-written whodunit… This is by far, the BEST book in this delightfully endearing series.”

Dru’s Book Musing

“Sid and Georgia will delight readers of all ages and types.”

The Cozy Review

“Leigh Perry always manages to find new and interesting ways for the walking, talking skeleton to get out into the world and investigate murders…If quirky cozies are your thing, I can’t recommend this series enough!”

Michelle’s Romantic Triangle

“Sid is back with a murder that’s sure to send a chill down your spine in Leigh Perry’s festive new mystery.”

Bolo Books

“[The Family Skeleton Series are] the perfect length and have a fine balance of complexity and levity…It seems each newly published tale is better than the last one.”

This is My Truth Now

“Delightful light reading…There is romantic romping, daily college student dealings, family fun, perpetual puzzles, copious curious characters and tenuous trust.”

Book Postmortem

“THE SKELETON STUFFS A STOCKING was purely delightful. Whether this book is your introduction to Sid or you want a chance to catch up with old friends, you’ll savor every page.”

Carstairs Considers

“THE SKELETON STUFFS A STOCKING excels at everything [readers] look for in a cozy mystery.”

Escape With Dollycas



“This…anthology of 13 new vampire stories proves that heavy-weight contributors can give some substance.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Experienced genre hands ensure the high quality of 13 stories about birthdays and vampires.”


“[An] amusing original anthology. For fans of the series represented here, this is an entertaining birthday party well worth checking out.”


“13 talented writers have found clever ways to intertwine two seemingly disparate themes. Some stories are better than others, but all are entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans.”

—Library Journal

“Like visiting old friends. Each of the authors lend their unique perspectives ranging from humorous to melancholy, fiendish to hopeful making for a thoroughly enjoyable take on vampires and birthdays. Editors Toni L.P. Kelner and Charlaine Harris have done a fine job of cooking up a toothsome collection of birthday treats you will not want to miss.”

—Monsters & Critics

“These inspired short stories will keep you enthralled.”


“A carefully crafted anthology that envelopes readers in the dark and often humorous world of the paranormal. A fabulously fun visit with the characters, both old and new, of some of the best paranormal fiction authors in print today.”

—Darque Reviews

“Some of the best paranormal writers in the business, each featuring their superstar characters. If you are a fan of these authors, it is well worth the time. Such a long list of literary luminaries is hard to pass up and with a unique theme such as birthdays for the undead it makes for a fine read.”

—Book Fetish

“An anthology no paranormal fan should miss. Each story is entertaining and engaging. I guarantee that this anthology is the perfect book to read.”

—Romance Reviews Today

“A fabulous collection of short stories ranging from funny to heart-breaking. There’s something for everyone in MANY BLOODY RETURNS and you just might discover a new favorite vampire author.”

—Vampire Genre

“If you are a fan of these authors, it is well worth the time. Such a long list of literary luminaries is hard to pass up and with a unique theme such as birthdays for the undead, it makes for a fine read. I do suggest reading them over a few days, or even weeks…that’s a lot of birthday cake in one sitting!”



“The expertise of 15 wolfishly inspired authors is dished up into a combination of stories that run the gamut from funny to downright creepy. There’s a little something for every taste — literally!”

—RT Book Reviews

“I didn’t think they could top Many Bloody Returns, but WOLFSBANE just might have raised the bar… an excellent volume, not a bad story in the bunch.”


“Fifteen exceptional authors are brought together to make WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE a captivating collection. From stories of urban fantasy to those edged in horror, this anthology offers a fun and sometimes gory variety. Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe offers up the Christmas spirit in a wonderfully wicked way. Each story is written as a stand-alone, but among them readers will find entertaining additions to some of the most followed series.”

—Darque Reviews

“I can easily recommend this to fans of the paranormal.”

—BookSpot Central

“A wonderful anthology … a good companion for Many Bloody Returns …  enjoy!”

—Reviewing the Evidence


“An excellent way to spend your time at the beach. Satisfaction is guaranteed in 13 fantastical stories by some of the genre’s most talented and inventive writers.”

—RT Book Reviews

Readers will find this collection a great sampler for discovering authors they’ll want to follow.”

—Publishers Weekly

“An interesting collection that is a quick read … rabid True Blood and Night Huntress fans will likely drive circulation of this new title.”


A fun quick read in which you can revisit favorite characters or find new authors.”

—Night Owl Reviews

“If readers are in the mood for variety, then DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION is for them … this anthology will keep readers entertained until the last page.”


“A rare mix of both fun and exciting, and comical and serious stories …. No two stories are alike, and there’s a story for just about every reader.”

—Speculative Book Review

“A great book to bring along on your own vacation.”

—Fantasy Literature


“14 authors hit the nail on the head with these truly DIY nightmares. With literal skeletons in the closet or portals in the attic, the stories range from the chilling to the offbeat.”

—RT Book Reviews

“This collection is a treat.  The stories are strong and most reward the readers with a pleasing plot twist.”

—Monsters and Critics

A consistently entertaining selection of stories with some nice variety.”


“A good, strong mix of stories … you’re sure to find more than one that will make the book worthwhile.”


“Definitely one of the most fun books you will read this summer.”

—San Francisco Book Review

Delightful, entertaining and chilling stories.”

—Fresh Fiction

Entertaining and atmospheric, ranging from scary to whimsical.”

—Cleveland Plain Dealer


“Kelner and Harris have once again brought together a bevy of talented authors to explore 13 entertaining stories of education of the most unnatural kind.”

—RT Book Reviews

“School is back in session with this mostly delightful collection of tales…AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE is a great fall read.”

San Francisco Book Review

“This is a fun book for the Halloween season filled with a lot of our favorites like Charlaine Harris, Amber Benson (Buffy fame), Illona Andrews, Rhys Bowen & many more! …I love this book”

Kings River Life Magazine

“AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE is a great read. With such a vast array of authors from different genres, readers are sure to find at least one story that they can enjoy…I only wish some of the stories were longer!”

Fresh Fiction

“While most anthologies tend to have a few strong stories sprinkled amongst an assortment of weaker offerings. This is an exception because nearly all are fresh, inventive and downright entertaining with several including nice comeuppances or clever tweaks that are good fun. Short stories are too often overlooked and that is a shame because as this collection shows, they can be delightful treats.”

Monsters And Critics


“I know many will love every single story in the book. So if a shock, a scare a little fright, something to get the pulse racing is what you enjoy…well this is the anthology for you.”

Parmenion Books

“Harris’s story is a Sookie Stackhouse tale, nestled closely into the True Blood universe and its existing characters and mythos. It works nicely as a stand alone, whilst enticing a captured reader deeper into the bigger picture.”

It Puts the Blog in the Basket

“Its fun, has some cracking play on games and how the “creatures” unwind and all round gives the reader a short stories that they can dive into during journeys or lunch breaks to get away from the real world. As usual the talent within is top notch and when edited by two top notch names in the genre, all round gives it a seal of quality that you can’t ignore. Great stuff.”

Falcata Times



““Unseen adventures that give Sookie’s world a little more complexity and depth… They’re entertaining and sometimes revelatory. In some ways, this feels like a farewell tour of the series, involving a jam session with top-notch musicians.”

Publishers Weekly

“Wildly entertaining…Fifteen stories, cleverly and humorously written, shed light on several secondary characters who are as diverse as can be, from witches to werewolves, to Sookie’s own grandmother. Crisp storytelling, sharp dialogue and great pacing are the highlights of what, for Sookie fans, will be an anthology to die for.”

RT Book Reviews

“This new compilation with stories featuring Sookie’s world is a must-read…The stories are a proper addition to Sookie’s world of make believe as her character is always standing in the background, always on the fringe of each and every story as it’s told. A great mix of funny and dark, this anthology will have readers and fans beyond excited.”

—Suspense Magazine

Anyone who loves Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse characters will love these fantastic short stories…. Truly, reading this book brought some of these characters into a new light. Absolutely awesome book.”

Night Owl Reviews

“Many of these stories are outstanding—providing a new look at minor characters or adding depth to the backstories of major characters…it’s a nice collection and a great premise.”

Fang-tastic Fiction

“DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN is the perfect book for anyone who loves the Sookie Stackhouse series. Edited by Charlaine Harris, the tales allow insight into what has been happening to characters from the series, either while the spotlight was on Sookie’s adventures or after the spotlight faded…If you’re a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series and not quite ready to let the end be the end, DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN is a must-read.”

Dark Matter Zine

“If you’re a fan of Sookie or any of the other people in her universe, you might want to pick up this book. It’s a great extension to the series that extends their stories without messing around with any of the canon.”

Reading Through Life

” a celebration of the world loved by the writers, and their joy at stepping into Harris’ prodigious shoes is palpable….If you’re looking to spend a few more hours in Sookie’s world, I think this is a great little collection.”

Liberty Falls Down

“What a delicious blend there is. Not only do we get to see the world through the eyes of some of the big players in Sookie Stackhouse’s world; Alcide, Eric Northman, Pam – but we get welcomed into the lives of the smaller players too – and this is where the magic occurs…Each story is fantastically written as well as woven seductively around the other main characters in Bon Temps and Shreveport. Overall I am giving DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN 5 out of 5 stars.”

Rachel Tsoumbakos,
author of Emeline and the Mutants

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The Laura Fleming Novels



“You’ll need a road map to keep track of Fleming’s relatives (I counted two dozen), but they speak and behave authentically.”

The Charlotte Observer

“A tightly woven tale of family quarrels, jealousies, secrets, and loyalties. Laura Fleming is interesting, likable, and a delight to read.”

–The Armchair Detective

“A wonderful book, a terrific character driven story telling triumph. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”

–I Love A Mystery

“DOWN HOME MURDERis a marvelous slice of working class North Carolina. Even if it weren’t a mystery, it would be worth reading as a Southern novel.”

Mysteriously Yours

“A marvelous slice of working class North Carolina. Even if it weren’t a mystery, it would be worth reading as a Southern novel.”

–Books At Quails Corners News


“Kelner shows herself to be an expert at suspense, wit and characterization. Five Cats.”

–Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter


“Down–home mores and country humor inform this ebullient debut. A lively, lighthearted cozy.”

–Publishers Weekly

“The dynamics of a large extended Southern family is the nexus of author Toni L.P. Kelner’s charming and chatty TROUBLE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HAPPEN.”

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“The down home flavor makes this a unique adventure and makes you want to find any other stories by this author.”


“The true charm of this delightful and lighthearted mystery is Toni Kelner’s portrayal of life in a small Southern town and the characters who reside there.”

–Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter

“The series has great potential to become a favorite with fans and other writers.”

–Grounds for Murder

“Delivers enjoyment like lemonade in the summertime.”

–The Snooper


“Greed and jealousy in the intricate world of computers provide a nonstop pace.”

Publishers Weekly

“Moves along as swiftly as a debugged program–or, as Laura and cousin Thaddeous might say, right smartly.”

San Jose Mercury News

“These characters warm your heart as the murders chill your soul, as good mysteries should.”


“A charming, charismatic and intelligent mystery that will kidnap your attention and time. Five cats.”

–Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter

“The cast of characters is witty and the solid mystery compels this puzzle.”

–Mystery Lovers Bookstore News

“Kelner’s Laura is an enjoyable, gently sarcastic narrator whose amusement at the down-home style of rural Byerly will be shared by most readers.”

–Publishers Weekly

“Decidedly homey characters, country charm, and an upbeat tone should make this a popular choice. Recommended.”

–Library Journal

“The Laura Fleming mysteries are some of the most whimsical and entertaining books on the market today. Mystery fans will have a jolly time with this well written charmer.”

–The Midwest Book Review

“Her best outing to date.”

–Meritorious Mysteries

“Toni Kelner’s books keep getting better. Tight as a Tick is a delightful read.”

Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter



“As refreshing as an iced tea on a hot summer day. Laura’s family is so delightfully nutty they’ll tickle you pink. Four and a half stars and A Top Pick.”

–RT Book Reviews

“If you like your mysteries Southern-fried, check out Toni Kelner’s Laura Fleming series. Kelner…paints her native South in loving detail, from sweet tea to third cousins twice removed.”

The Charlotte Observer

“The blend of Southern wit and charm, combined with characters that are purely a pleasure to know, make the Laura Fleming series a real treat. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”

–I Love A Mystery

“There is an even-keeled wisdom running through this book, which is Kelner’s strongest yet. DEATH OF A  DAMN YANKEE is a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day.”

Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter



“This is sparkling entertainment with a great storyline and an utterly charming cast of characters.  Four stars.”

RT Book Reviews

“Lots of small-town bickering, family gossip, and not a few private agendas make for an entertaining Southern mystery. For all collections.”

Library Journal

“The puzzle is difficult to solve, the characters are endearing, and the dialogue is witty. Recommend this one to fans of Southern mystery series by Anne George and Margaret Maron.”


“Kelner deliver the perfect relaxer during the stressful holidays. The author’s lively approach shines, but Kelner also infuses MAD AS THE DICKENS with a sly look at family ties. MAD AS THE DICKENS will lift any holiday spirits.”

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Sure to charm Kelner fans.”

–Publishers Weekly

“Kelner paints the community of Byerly vividly in all its idiosyncrasies.”

–Drood Review

“The heroine is sarcastic and smart and the plot moves along at a good pace.  Four cats.”

–Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter


“Good humor abound amid the murder and mayhem in this sprawling family.”

Publishers Weekly

“The Laura Fleming series has been consistently good, and Wed and Buried is no exception. The characters are irresistibly engaging, the plotting is superb and the ending terrific. Let’s hope this series goes on for quite a while. Four stars.”

RT Book Reviews

“Manners, style and charm vie for a place with clever detecting and Southern humor spiced with Richard’s Shakespearean quotations…Whether viewed as an excellent example of the Southern mystery or as a well plotted, character driven mystery, WED AND BURIED is an excellent addition to Toni’s fine series. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”

I Love A Mystery

“We look forward to our next visit to Byerly.  Four cats.”

–Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter


The Tilda Harper/Where Are They Now? Series


“Kelner (Wed and Buried ) depicts Tilda’s search for the elusive actress as a merry chase through cyberspace and stacks of dusty magazines, adding in a little romance with sexy bodyguard Nick Tolomeo to keep things humming.”

–Publisher’s Weekly

“Sassy Tilda, taking the reins from Kelner’s usual sleuth, Laura Fleming (Wed and Buried, 2003, etc.), presides over an overburdened plot laced with Hollywood tidbits that may please trivia fans.”


“[A] suitably dramatic climax and then all is explained in an equally satisfying denouement. This is a light frothy contemporary mystery with an engaging protagonist and it will be interesting to see where Kelner takes Tilda and the series in future books.”

–Gumshoe Review

“[A] pleasant read with characters just begging for another book.”

–Reviewing the Evidence


“WHO KILLED THE PINUP QUEEN? is a fast-paced read that fans of television nostalgia will quickly add to their must-read lists.”

–The Mystery Reader

“This is a solid entry in Toni L.P. Kelner’s Where Are They Now mystery series. Kelner has clearly done her homework regarding the old pinup models and the amateur camera clubs and professionals who photographed them.”

–Gumshoe Review

“Toni L.P. Kelner did a great job in keeping the book flowing with stuff happening so you just couldn’t put it down long enough to do much anything at all.”

–Once Upon a Romance


“BLAST FROM THE PAST has great characters that come alive off of the pages… Kelner is able to weave a twisted tale that takes the reader into the past and back with ease.”

–The Romance Readers Connection

“[BLAST FROM THE PAST] gets to that point of ‘not wanting to put it down’ good.”

–Once Upon a Romance

“The latest Where Are They Now? Harper tale is a great read.”

–Genre Go Round Reviews

“This was a very enjoyable read with a good mix of plot and characters against a great backdrop of Cape Cod.”

–Mystery and My Musings

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  • Book #1 — Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore’s Fantastic Firsts Cozy Mystery Series book club pick!
  • Book #1 — Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore’s #4 paperback bestseller
  • Book #2 — Chosen as one of “Pam’s 2015: Top Picks” by Mayhem and Magic
  • Audio rights to Audible
  • Japanese rights (#1-2) to Tokyo Sogensha
  • Book #4 — One of Real Simple’s The Coziest Books of All Time
  • Book #5 — One of Kings River Life’s Best Books of 2018
  • Book #6 — One of Escape With Dolly Cas’ Best Books of 2019
  • Book #6 — One of Dru’s Book Musings’ Best Books of 2019


  • Audio rights to Audible




  1. MANY BLOODY RETURNS (co-editor Charlaine Harris)
  2. WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE (co-editor Charlaine Harris)
  3. DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION (co-editor Charlaine Harris)
  4. HOME IMPROVEMENT: UNDEAD EDITION (co-editor Charlaine Harris)
  5. AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE (co-editor Charlaine Harris)
  6. GAMES CREATURES PLAY (co-editor Charlaine Harris)
  • Anth #1: #30 on NYT bestseller list (hardcover), #29 on NYT trade paperback list; in 7th trade pb printing
  • Anth #2: #31 on NYT bestseller list; in 3rd hc printing
  • Anth #3: #8 on NYT bestseller list, in 4th hc printing
  • WOLFSBANE #10 on Locus bestseller list and B&N and Borders sf/fantasy lists, named as a finalist for the Pearl Award for Paranormal Anthology
  • Audio rights (#1-6) to Brilliance Audio
  • Book Club rights (#1) to SFBC
  • Large Print rights (#1) to Thorndike
  • German rights (#1-4) to DTV
  • Polish rights (#1) to Fabryka Slow***
  • Russian rights (#2) to AST***
  • Russian rights (#3) to Family Leisure Club
  • UK rights (#1-3) to Gollancz
  • UK rights (#4-6) to Quercus/Jo Fletcher Books
  • UK Audio rights (#4) to Audible UK

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***Three asterisks (***) placed after the record of a foreign territory sale indicate that those rights have expired and are available for purchase in that market for that title(s).***