Toni L.P. Kelner has created novels, short stories, limericks, and anthologies, and recently, a new identity-she writes under the name Leigh Perry as well as under her own. Though she considers herself primarily a mystery writer, she has a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times, has written a number of urban fantasy short stories, and her Family Skeleton series features an ambulatory skeleton.
Kelner's Laura Fleming mystery series is made up of eight books from Kensington: Down Home Murder (1993), Dead Ringer (1994), Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen (1995), Country Comes to Town (1996), Tight as a Tick (1998), Death of a Damn Yankee (1999; Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award finalist), Mad as the Dickens (2001), and Wed and Buried (2003). The "Where are they now?" mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime are Curse of the Kissing Cousins (2009), Who Killed the Pinup Queen? (2010), and Blast from the Past (2011).
With Charlaine Harris, she's edited seven urban fantasy anthologies for Ace: Many Bloody Returns (2007), Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008), Death's Excellent Vacation(2010), Home Improvement: Undead Edition (2011), An Apple for the Creature (2012), and Games Creatures Play (2014), and Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse (2014). Kelner's story "The Death of Erik the Redneck" (in Malice Domestic 5, Whitney, ed.) was an Agatha finalist, "Bible Belt" (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) an Anthony and Macavity finalist, "Sleeping with the Plush" (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine) an Agatha winner and an Anthony finalist, "How Stella Got Her Grave Back" (in Many Bloody Returns) an Anthony finalist, "Skull and Cross-Examinations" (in Ellery Queen) an Agatha and Anthony finalist, "Keeping Watch Over His Flock" (in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe) a Macavity finalist, "The Pirate's Debt" (in Ellery Queen) a Derringer finalist, "In Brightest Day" (in Home Improvement: Undead Edition) a Derringer finalist, and "Pirate Dave and the Captain's Ghost" (in An Apple for the Creature) a Derringer finalist. Other short stories have appeared in Murder Under the Tree (LaFarge, ed.), Murder Most Merry (Sconamiglio, ed.), Tar Heel Dead (Shaber, ed.), Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (Douglas, ed.), Magnolias and Mayhem (Marks, ed.), A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime (Deaver, ed.), Criminal Appetites (Marks, ed.), Undertow and Riptide (both Alexander, Flora, and Oleksiw eds.), Crimes by Moonlight (Harris, ed.), Delta Blues (Haines, ed.), Death's Excellent Vacation, Damn Near Dead 2 (Crider, ed.), The Wild Side (Van Name, ed.), Games Creatures Play, and Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine. As Leigh Perry, she has stories in Dead But Not Forgotten and the forthcoming Seize the Night (Golden, ed.)
She's currently working on the fourth of the Family Skeleton Mysteries. Previous entries in the series published by Berkley Prime Crime are A Skeleton in the Family (2013), The Skeleton Takes a Bow (2014), and the forthcoming The Skeleton Haunts a House (September 2015).
Kelner-and/or Perry-lives in Massachusetts with her husband, writer Stephen P. Kelner, Jr.; their two daughters; and two guinea pigs.