Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen (#3)

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A killer intends to turn a wedding into a wake in the third mystery in Toni L. P. Kelner’s warm and witty Southern series.

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, though the run up to the big day is fraught with complications. Aunt Nellie’s triplets are all feuding over the same man. Then there’s Ruby Lee and Roger’s rebellious teenage daughter, Ilene, who’s dating a notorious bad boy. 

When Ilene runs off to take part in the neighboring town’s country music Jamboree, Ruby Lee begs Laura to intervene. 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.


“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

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