Death of a Damn Yankee (#6)

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There’s trouble at the mill in the sixth in bestselling author Toni L.P. Kelner’s Southern mystery series, but can Laura Fleming smoke out a fire-starting killer? 

Laura Fleming is always happy to visit her ever-extending family in Byerly, North Carolina. This time, though, it’s not kin calling her back home, but businessman Burt Walters. Burt’s 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—Laura’s Shakespeare-quoting husband, Richard, likens it to the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, only nastier. 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—but may catch more than she bargained for…


“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

“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

“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.”

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