July 17, 2011

Series Sunday: Teeny Templeton

Series Sunday is a new bookish meme hosted by yours truly, Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along. 
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Post a review/recommendation on your blog, FB, Twitter, Goodreads, or Shelfari pages.
  • Share your review/recommendation by posting the link in the comments section below.
  • Include the title, author, and name of the series so that other Series Sunday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists.
Gone with a Handsomer Man
My Series Sunday pick is Gone with a Handsomer Man, the first book in the Teeny Templeton series by Michael Lee West. The heroine in this debut mystery is Teeny Templeton, a pastry chef who catches her fiance playing badminton with a couple of naked skanks in the backyard. What is Teeny's reaction? To throw peaches. But she is immediately arrested for this crime and hit with a restraining order. A few days later, the cheating fiance is murdered and Teeny is the prime suspect.

An ex-boyfriend-now-lawyer represents her and tries to clear her name. Meanwhile, Teeny must find a place to live, find a job, prove her innocence, and confront feelings from the past.

This is the first book I've read by Michael Lee West. Where have I been?! She is a great writer and storyteller. The suspense held my attention when I wasn't laughing at the funny moments. There are unexpected twists in the story involving characters that kept me turning the pages. My favorites include Coop O'Malley, the man she's loved her whole life; Sir, the bulldog that owns Teeny; and the pink Spencer-Jackson house. There are also unique recipes within the story and in the back matter such as Lavendar Shortbread, Espresso Steak Rub, and Fried Green Tomato Salad with Cornbread Croutons. Nom nom nom!

If you're looking for mystery, a little bit of romance, southern charm, and humor then this is it! I recommend reading Gone with a Handsomer Man. It is the best book of this spring/summer. And the cover is quite eye-catching.

Stay updated on www.teenytempleton.blogspot.com and check back here for reviews of the others in the series (A Teeny Bit of Trouble - Spring 2012 and Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Spring 2013). Be sure to watch the trailers below:

Title: Gone with a Handsomer Man
Author: Michael Lee West
Published: April 2011
Pages: 342
Edition: Hardcover
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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