Monday, March 19, 2012

A Teeny Bit of Trouble-Michael Lee West

A Teeny Bit of Trouble

Michael Lee West

Minotaur, Apr 10 2012, $24.99

ISBN: 9780312571238

In Charleston, South Carolina Barb Philpot calls pastry chef Teeny Templeton to tell her to stop spying on her as lawyer Coop O’Malley is still hers. Teeny is upset as Coop is her boyfriend just like he was in high school until Barb stole him. Though she shouldn’t Teeny goes to Barb’s house in Bonaventure where she lives with her pharmacist husband Lester and their ten years old child Emerson, who might be Coop’s offspring. She witnesses “Bill Clinton” murdering Barb. As she hides from the masked killer, the body vanishes.

The corpse resurfaces with what appears to be a suicide. No one believes Teeny as she makes inquiries with the help of her family and Emerson. Other deaths follow as Teeny wonders if a family member or an illegal chop shop is behind the homicides; as important to her is Coop’s secret.

The second zany Teeny Templeton amateur sleuth mystery (see Gone with a Handsomer Man) is a terrific insane regional mystery that starts off with Teeny caught doing surveillance of Barb as lies fly. Filled with twists, fans will enjoy this madcap regional whodunit (murdering and siring) as the baker lands into plenty of banana pudding.

Harriet Klausner

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