Toni L.P. Kelner

Toni L.P. Kelner is the author of eleven mystery novels: eight Laura Fleming mysteries and three “Where are they now?” mysteries. Both series are available as audio books and e-books. As Leigh Perry, she writes the Family Skeleton series for Berkley Prime Crime. Kelner is also the author of numerous short stories, and co-edits bestselling urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Their most recent are Games Creatures Play and Dead But Not Forgotten. Kelner has won the Agatha Award and an RT BookClub Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer.

Find Kelner on her website, or follow her on Twitter @ToniLPKelner.

Bibliography

  • Anthologies
    Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Anthologies
    Games Creatures Play
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Anthologies
    An Apple for the Creature
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Anthologies
    Home Improvement: Undead Edition
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Anthologies
    Death’s Excellent Vacation
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Anthologies
    Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Anthologies
    Many Bloody Returns
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Down Home Murder (#1)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Dead Ringer (#2)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen (#3)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Country Comes to Town (#4)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Tight as a Tick (#5)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Death of a Damn Yankee (#6)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Mad as the Dickens (#7)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Wed and Buried (#8)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Laura Fleming Series
    Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg: A Laura Fleming Collection
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Where Are They Now? Series
    Curse of the Kissing Cousins (#1)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Where Are They Now? Series
    Who Killed The Pinup Queen? (#2)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Where Are They Now? Series
    Blast from the Past (#3)
    Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Where Are They Now? Series
    The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks
    Toni L.P. Kelner
     

Reviews

Anthologies

Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
“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

Games Creatures Play
“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

“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

“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

An Apple for the Creature
“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

“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

“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

“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

Home Improvement: Undead Edition
“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

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

Locus

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

Monsters and Critics

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

SFRevu

“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

Death’s Excellent Vacation
“Readers will find this collection a great sampler for discovering authors they’ll want to follow.”

Publishers Weekly

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

VOYA

“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

“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 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.”

Examiner.com

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

Fantasy Literature

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
“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.”

SFRevu

“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

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

Publishers Weekly

“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

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

Booklist

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

Locus

“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.”

SFRevu

“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!”

BookFetish.org

Laura Fleming Series

Down Home Murder (#1)
“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

“DOWN HOME MURDER […] is 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 wonderful book, a terrific character driven story telling triumph. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”

I Love A Mystery

“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

Dead Ringer (#2)
“Kelner shows herself to be an expert at suspense, wit and characterization. Five Cats.”

Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter

Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen (#3)
“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.”

Rendezvous

“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

Country Comes to Town (#4)
“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.”

Rendezvous

“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

Tight as a Tick (#5)
“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

Death of a Damn Yankee (#6)
“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.”

Kate’s Mystery Books Newsletter

Mad as the Dickens (#7)
“Sure to charm Kelner fans.”

Publishers Weekly

“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.”

Booklist

“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

“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

Wed and Buried (#8)
“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

Where Are They Now? Series

Curse of the Kissing Cousins (#1)
“Sassy Tilda, taking the reins from Kelner’s usual sleuth, Laura Fleming, presides over an overburdened plot laced with Hollywood tidbits that may please trivia fans.”

Kirkus

“Kelner 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.”

Publishers Weekly

“[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? (#2)
“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 (#3)
“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

Awards & Accolades

Anthologies

Death’s Excellent Vacation
USA

#8 New York Times Bestseller List

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
USA

#31 New York Times Bestseller List

USA

#10 Locus Bestseller List

USA

Finalist, Pearl Award: “Best Paranormal Anthology”

Many Bloody Returns
USA

#30 New York Times Hardcover Bestseller

USA

#29 New York Times Paperback Bestseller

Laura Fleming Series

Where Are They Now? Series