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MAD AS THE DICKENS
by Toni L.P. Kelner

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Humorous

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Transplanted southerner Laura Fleming would be more than happy to spend the
Christmas holidays in her new hometown
of Boston, but when her family puts out a call for help, the pregnant Laura and
her husband, Richard, find themselves in Byerly, North Carolina for the holidays.
They find that a local production of "A Christmas Carol" is in the works and
Richard, an English professor, is going to do the directing.

The production is in such a poor state that the generally mild Richard can't help
but have conniptions. However, as bad as things are, they get worse when Seth
Murdstone, cast as Scrooge, is murdered on the set. What can Richard do? Opening
night isn't too far in the future.

Laura, who has no role in the production, turns her fine hand to crime solving.
With the help of her very unorthodox family, she begins to delve into the dead
man's past, unearthing a poignant secret and a motive for murder.

It's been far too long since Ms. Kelner has given us a new Laura Fleming story,
but the wait has been worth it. This is sparkling entertainment with a great
storyline and an utterly charming cast of characters. (Available now, 278 pp.,
$22.00)

Reviewed By: Toby Bromberg

Publisher: Kensington

Published: January 2002

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