- Down Home Murder. New York: Kensington, 1993.
- Dead Ringer. New York: Kensington, 1994.
- Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen. New York: Kensington, 1995.
- Country Comes to Town. New York: Kensington, 1996.
- Tight as a Tick. New York: Kensington, 1998.
- Death of a Damn Yankee. New York: Kensington, 1999.
- Mad as the Dickens. New York: Kensington, 2001.
- Wed and Buried. New York: Kensington, 2003.
Laura Fleming is a computer programmer living in Boston with her husband, a Shakespeare professor at a local college. In nearly all of these novels (with the exception of Country Comes to Town) Laura travels to her hometown of Byerly, N.C., a fictional town in the western part of the state, and when she does, trouble breaks out. Time after time Laura’s amateur detective skills are called into play as she gets to the bottom of a murder. In between chasing criminals, Laura introduces her husband to the South. Kelner describes Byerly as “based on my memories and knowledge of Southern mill towns like Granite Falls, Conover, and Dudley Shoals. If it were real, it would be near Hickory, NC, with its own exit off Highway 321.”