Wed and Buried
Review: Wed and Buried is Toni L. P. Kelner's eighth mystery to feature Laura Fleming, with the new mother returning to her southern roots to celebrate the wedding of her Aunt Maggie to local tycoon Big Bill Walters.
Kelner's mysteries are not intended to serious reading by any means, but Wed and Buried is especially weak. Laura and her husband Richard discuss early on in the book if they can continue to solve mysteries now that they have Alice, their adorable baby, to look after. The answer, sadly, is no. The motive for the attempt on Big Bill's life is unconvincing at best, and in the end, Laura actually does very little to unmask the culprit anyway.
It's all well and good for series characters to grow up, get married, have children, and the like. But it doesn't matter much if they are part of a thinly developed and uninspired mystery. With the cast of characters Kelner had to work with, she could have done better with Wed and Buried.
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Wed and Buried by Toni L. P. Kelner — A Laura Fleming Mystery
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: February 2003
List Price: $22.00