Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Gone with a Handsomer Man - 1st in the Teeny Templeton Mystery series
Author: Michael Lee West
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Women's Fiction
Year/Setting: Present Day/Charleston
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Michael's Website/Blog: www.michaelleewest.com
Growing up, Teeny Templeton was carted from place to place by a mother who had no idea how to raise her daughter, and was finally left with her aunt - a culinary genius living on a peach farm.
Teeny also knew love once upon a time when she was younger with Cooper, who broke her heart when he went back to his ex-girlfriend. Teeny is now engaged to a man named Bing Jackson. Bing, as a birthday gift, gives Teeny some pastry bags and paid classes at the Cake Design School in Charleston. Unfortunately, when she goes to attend the first class there’s a note on the door that says the teacher had to reschedule. Heading back to the house, Teeny gets the surprise of her life when she finds Bing playing badminton on the back lawn…naked…with two women who are also naked, and having a great time hitting their shuttlecock back and forth. Teeny can’t believe what she’s seeing and ends up hurling hardened peaches at the players.
Teeny is put on probation for attacking the trio and turns to Bing’s Aunt Dora for help. Bing’s Aunt - who is absolutely hysterical - allows Teeny to live at the Spencer-Jackson House which is owned by Bing. Soon one of the naked badminton players is putting up a ‘For Sale’ sign on the front lawn, and Teeny has to figure out what to do. Oddly enough, Teeny receives a text message from Bing asking her to meet him at the house to "make-up," but when she arrives all she discovers is Bing’s dead body. Teeny is the main suspect, and Cooper returns. Now a lawyer, Cooper is back to help with the aid of his old, crotchety private eye named Red Butler Hill. They must find a way to prove Teeny’s innocence and catch the real killer.
There is nothing that can be said about this book except…BUY THIS! This debut novelist is fantastically hysterical. From the great plot to the unforgettable characters, and dialogue that will have readers laughing until it hurts, this has got to be one of the BEST of 2011!..
Until next time,
Question or comment regarding the review or the book? Click here and let Amy know.