When her ex-boyfriend’s body turns up in a snowy Boston alley, Laura Fleming must track down an ice-cold killer in the fourth in Toni L.P. Kelner’s mystery series.
You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of Laura Fleming. Though she’s happily settled in Boston, Laura is thrilled to hear that her cousin Thaddeous is visiting from North Carolina. Before she can begin showing him the best of Beantown, however, bad news also comes to call.
Laura’s college boyfriend, Philip, is found dead behind her apartment building. Philip had recently contacted Laura, trying to mooch a place to stay. Guilt and old ties compel her to investigate, and Thaddeous’s Southern charm is a real asset in wheedling information out of Philip’s loved ones and friends. Not that Laura’s difficult ex had many of either; his wife had kicked him out and he was on the brink of getting fired. Working undercover at Philip’s software company, Laura begins to decode the murderer’s motive. But as she and Thaddeous root out a mess of blackmail and revenge, they edge closer to a killer who’s just waiting for them to make a permanent fatal error…
Kelner brings a small-town atmosphere to Boston as computer programmer Laura Fleming, Kelner's Southern-born sleuth seen last in Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen (1995), hosts her country cousin Thaddeous. With her husband, Richard, out of town, Laura receives a surprise visit from college ex-boyfriend Philip Dennis, who's looking for temporary digs. After turning him away and picking up Thaddeous at the airport, Laura is horrified to learn that Philip has been found dead behind her apartment building. Having had previous sleuthing success in their hometown of Byerly, N.C., Laura and her cousin determine to find the killer. While Thaddeous nurses a budding romance with Laura's receptionist, Laura infiltrates Philip's company, which is made up of long-forgotten college friends from MIT. A second murder within the company offices confirms Laura's suspicions that one of her old friends is a killer. Greed and jealousy in the intricate world of computers provide a nonstop pace, slowed only occasionally by Thaddeous's Southern charm and Richard's annoying habit of quoting Shakespeare in every phone chat with Laura.