A Teeny Bit of Trouble
By Michael Lee West
Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312571238, 336pp.
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
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In this hilarious follow-up to GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN, Charleston pastry chef Teeny Templeton witnesses a murder and discovers that her laywer-boyfriend, Coop O'Malley, has been keeping secrets.
"It's not every day that I bake a dozen Red Velvet cakes, learn my boyfriend may have a love child, and I witness a murder."
After Charleston pastry chef, Teeny Templeton, witnesses a murder, she discovers that her lawyer-boyfriend, Coop O'Malley, has been keeping secrets: the victim's ten-year-old daughter may be his child. As more lies explode, Teeny finds herself trapped in Bonaventure, Georgia, a zany"little Savannah," where she must deal with her commitment phobia, gather DNA from a ten-year old child genius, outwit a stalker, decode an encrypted diary, and fend off advances of an ex-beau, a handsome plastic surgeon who's crazy-in-love with her. Teeny's life gets maddeningly complicated by a series of not-so-teeny troubles: an uneasy love triangle, a gossip-mongering tarantula breeder, an wise-cracking Southern Belle with early Alzheimer's, Coop's loveable Chihuahua-toting granny, and clues that point to the illegal trafficking of human organs. But when a suspect is arrested, the bodies keep piling up and Teeny doesn't know who to trust. As the murderers close in, Teeny unearths a revelation that becomes a game-changer and flips her world upside-down.
Michael Lee West is the author of six novels, including Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, American Pie, and She Flew the Coop, as well as a food memoir, Consuming Passions. She lives with her husband on a farm in Lebanon, Tennessee, with three bratty Yorkshire terriers, a Chinese crested, assorted donkeys, chickens, sheep, and African Pygmy goats. Her faithful dog Zap was the inspiration of a character in Mermaids in the Basement.
Praise for Michael Lee West:
“Full of dramatic action, clever red herrings, and humorous moments, this debut mystery by a well-regarded novelist will please any reader but particularly fans of Jennifer Crusie or Mary Kay Andrews.” —Library Journal (starred review) “Gone with a Handsomer Man is fun, funny, and fabulous!”
“Fluffy as a buttermilk biscuit...charming...” —People
“Michael Lee West fans, rejoice! Gone with a Handsomer Man has a fresh, funny, and delightfully flawed heroine that you’ll fall in love with from the get-go. By turns sweet and surprising, it’s a wonderful, quirky escape.” —Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints
“Great cook—though reluctant detective—Teeny Templeton keeps the pot bubbling...delicious.”
—Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls
“By turns acerbic and sweet, poignant and funny, with great sex, bad boyfriends, and Do Not Try This At Home recipes. However you slice it, Gone with a Handsomer Man is as addictive as red velvet cake.” —Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity Award-winning author of Dating Dead Men