Returned to Byerly, N.C., for her aunt Ruby Lee Burnette's fifth wedding -- to Roger Bailey (of that well-known singing...

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TROUBLE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HAPPEN

Returned to Byerly, N.C., for her aunt Ruby Lee Burnette's fifth wedding -- to Roger Bailey (of that well-known singing group Roger's Ramblers), who was also Ruby Lee's third husband -- computer programmer Laura Fleming is surrounded by a shoal of eccentric aunts and cousins, including a set of triplets all chasing the same unsuitable man. Meanwhile, her husband, English professor Richard, doesn't help matters by matching each one of Laura's Southern bromides with competing Shakespearean tags. It's enough to drive a body to distraction, especially since Ruby Lee's rebellious teenage daughter, Ilene, who's anything but eager to see her father come back into her life, runs afoul of him when Roger forbids her to enter the local country jamboree memorializing the tragic decimation of Byerly High's Class of '80 in a car crash a month before graduation. Ilene responds by running off with her scruffy boyfriend, Tom Honeywell, only to find herself in the hoosegow when Tom turns up dead in the Ramblers' trailer. Was Tom really the killer's intended victim? What link could his death possibly have with the Class of '807 And can Laura spring Ilene from jail in time for Ruby Lee and Roger to say ""I do"" once more? Kelner's first novel ladles on the down-home charm to cover up gaps in the guileless mystery -- whose major value is that it stanches, albeit too briefly, the flow of tedious jollity between Laura and her Shakespearean swain.

Pub Date: March 1, 1995

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Kensington

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1995