Monday, April 18, 2011
Mini review: Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Teeny Templeton is engaged to Bing but when she comes home early and finds him in the buff playing badminton with two equally naked women she has a hissy fit and starts lobbing peaches at the naughty trio.
Bing gets overly angry and calls the cops who end up arresting Teeny for assault. Needless to say; the wedding is OFF!
Things go from bad to worse when Teeny gets a text message purportedly from Bing to come home for a reconciliation. When she gets there, it's only to find Bing on the floor and he's decidedly dead. Of course, Teeny is arrested but gets out on bail and just happens to run into Attorney Coop O'Malley whom Teeny dated over ten years ago and he agrees to represent her. Running into him a little too coincidental for my taste.
Who's cunning enough to text Teeny from Bing's phone and then erase the message? Sometimes Teeny seemed just too naive to be real. There could be lots of suspects as Bing had left a string of women behind him. Coop and Teeny with a little help from friends try to prove her innocence.
For fans of a light and frothy mystery with some very quirky characters and a great southern setting, this one will suit to a tea. The ending was a total surprise for me and the cliffhanger leads me to believe a sequel is not too far off. Despite some implausible scenarios, the book was still a pleasant read. 3***
Recipes included at end of book
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Minotaur Books through LT's early reviewer program in exchange for my honest opinion.