Gone with a Handsomer Man

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Gone with a Handsomer Man

by Michael Lee West

St. Martin's Press | February 14, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Gone with a Handsomer Man is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Gone with a Handsomer Man is fun, funny, and fabulous!”---Janet Evanovich

Take one out-of-work pastry chef . . .

Teeny Templeton believes that her life is finally on track. She’s getting married, she’s baking her own wedding cake, and she’s leaving her troubled past behind. And then? She finds her fiancé playing naked badminton with a couple of gorgeous, skanky chicks.

Add a whole lot of trouble . . .

Needless to say, the wedding is off. Adding insult to injury, her fiancé slaps a restraining order on her. When he’s found dead a few days later, all fingers point to Teeny.

And stir like crazy!

Her only hope is through an old boyfriend-turned-lawyer, the guy who broke her heart a decade ago. But dredging up the past brings more than skeletons out of the closet, and Teeny doesn’t know who she can trust. With evidence mounting and the heat turning up, Teeny must also figure out where to live, how to support herself, how to clear her name, and how to protect her heart.

Michael Lee West has written a delicious new mystery with an unforgettable heroine.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.82 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250003776

ISBN - 13: 9781250003775

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious cozy mystery Teeny is an out-of-work pastry chef who is affianced to Bing. He has given her a present of some cake decorating lessons but when Teeny arrives home because of a canceled lesson, she finds Bing playing naked badminton with 2 also naked women. Teeny being a woman of heated passions climbs a peach tree and begins lobbing peaches. Teeny is arrested and given a restraining order. The setting is Charleston. Teeny moves into one of the historic homes downtown courtesy of Bing's aunt Dora whom he dislikes. One of Bing's girlfriends is selling the historic house and Teeny needs to both find a job and find new accommodation. When Bing is found dead, Teeny is the prime suspect for all sorts of reasons. A chance encounter leads to Teeny meeting an old flame who dumped her 10 years ago. He also happens to be a lawyer and is more than willing to help Teeny and find out who the real killer is. This is a funny cozy mystery. There are a bunch of inconsistencies and just plain unbelievable plot lines but the story grabs you and the humour fuels the need to keep turning those pages. Teeny is so naive but has the southern charm necessary for a great character. I loved reading about one of my favourite places, Charleston. The recipes included sound delicious but I will watch what ingredients I use. The last sentence just shouts there will be a sequel and I for one will wait with baited breath.
Date published: 2011-04-14

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Gone with a Handsomer Man

by Michael Lee West

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.82 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250003776

ISBN - 13: 9781250003775

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Chapter One   All I ever wanted in life was true love, a set of copper cookware, and the perfect recipe for red velvet cake. The last thing I wanted was to end up on Charleston’s six o’clock news, accused of murder and a slew of other crimes. It started Monday, the first week in June, when I thought I’d gotten the dates wrong for my cake baking class. Numbers don’t usually stick in my mind. This one did because it was my twenty-ninth birthday, and my fiancé, Bing Jackson, surprised me with the darlingest gifts—pastry bags, a fifty-three-piece Wilton Supreme Cake Decorating Set, and eight prepaid classes at the Vivienne Beaumont School of Cake Design. Before we left Bing’s house in Mount Pleasant, he opened a bottle of Moët and we toasted our upcoming wedding. Then we drove across the river into downtown Charleston and turned down East Bay Street. He pointed to a redbrick building with a giant neon cupcake sitting on the roof. “Teeny, this is where you’ll be every Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.,” he said. “Classes start June fourth—that’s only three days from now.” A lot of women might have gotten suspicious over the exact details, but not me. Bing was all about timing. Thanks to the giant clock inside his head, he’d never been late to a real estate closing or open house. His Rolex was just for show. “Teenykins, I signed you up for this class because I want you to make ou
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“Gone with a Handsomer Man is fun, funny, and fabulous!”---Janet Evanovich

Take one out-of-work pastry chef . . .

Teeny Templeton believes that her life is finally on track. She’s getting married, she’s baking her own wedding cake, and she’s leaving her troubled past behind. And then? She finds her fiancé playing naked badminton with a couple of gorgeous, skanky chicks.

Add a whole lot of trouble . . .

Needless to say, the wedding is off. Adding insult to injury, her fiancé slaps a restraining order on her. When he’s found dead a few days later, all fingers point to Teeny.

And stir like crazy!

Her only hope is through an old boyfriend-turned-lawyer, the guy who broke her heart a decade ago. But dredging up the past brings more than skeletons out of the closet, and Teeny doesn’t know who she can trust. With evidence mounting and the heat turning up, Teeny must also figure out where to live, how to support herself, how to clear her name, and how to protect her heart.

Michael Lee West has written a delicious new mystery with an unforgettable heroine.

About the Author

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. 

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