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Death of a Damn Yankee

(1999)
(The sixth book in the Laura Fleming Mysteries series)
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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...

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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