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Gone with a Handsomer Man Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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"Gone With A Handsomer Man is fun, funny, and fabulous." --Janet Evanovich
"West's diverting debut plays nice variations on several mystery subgenres—Southern, romantic, screwball, culinary.... Readers will look forward to more helpings of Teeny Templeton."
"Warm, funny page-turner. Teeny is a delightful heroine and Charleston, S.C.’s historic district is the ideal setting."
--RT Book Reviews
“A fresh, funny and delightfully flawed heroine that you’ll fall in love with from the get go. Teeny is a trouble magnet, and it is wholly diverting to follow her tumbling joyride through bad men and good recipes. By turns sweet and surprising, it’s a wonderful, quirky escape.” --Joshilyn Jackson, NYT bestselling author of Backseat Saints
“Great cook --- though reluctant detective --- Teeny Templeton keeps the pot bubbling as she dishes out pathos, humor, and intrigue in equal measure... A delicious début to this new series.” --Lee Smith, NYT Bestselling author of The Last Girls
"A story as delicious as the food she describes... sprinkled with startling insights... soaked with humor, mystery and redemption." --Patti Callahan Henry, NYT Bestselling author of Driftwood Summer
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Teeny is a woman who thought she had her life on track for happiness and success, only to find things spinning rapidly out of control. She comes home unexpectedly to find her wealthy fiancé in the back yard with two women, starkers all. Her peach flinging revenge lands her in jail, and when he turns up dead shortly after, she becomes the prime suspect. Fortunately, by the most incredible of coincidences, her hometown first-love -- whom she hasn't seen in years -- just happens to be in the bar she stumbles into, just happens to be a lawyer, just happens to be between jobs, and just happens to have become recently available. Sort of. He takes on the case, and with the help of his wife and P.I., sets out to protect Teeny while clearing her name.
There is some quirkiness here, but it's as uneven as it is charming. Teeny loves to cook and bake, which is fine, but all of the Food Network references become a distraction. The humour is woven throughout but rarely rises above mildly amusing. Romance is in the driver's seat, not quite to the point of being a Harlequin novel, but it drags the pace down to a crawl. If you're looking for a Janet substitute and don't mind forgoing the romance, Carl Hiaasen would be a better choice.
Really, I loved this book until the last few pages. The ending seemed very forced and contrived toward the setup of a sequel book. But the story itself had already had a resolution, so it didn't ruin the entire story. It was still a good read for me.
This is a very quick-moving mystery, that doesn't make it too easy to figure out who the murderer is. I like the fact that the author doesn't give too much away too soon. Also, Teeny is a traditional Southern cook who whips up some yummy (& some dangerous)recipes. I enjoyed Teeny's forays into the kitchen with her family cookbook. It made Teeny a character that I could really identify with and enjoy.
Usually, I'm a bit conservative when it comes to lots of cursing in books and this book does have its fair share of cursing. For some reason in most books the cursing comes along at all the wrong times of the story and really doesn't add to the plot. In this book most of the cursing seems to be "natural" as far as the personality of the characters & the mood/setting of the conversations between characters. It doesn't seem as forced as it does in many books I've read.
The way I judge a book? When I have to put it down, do I long to pick it up again and start reading? "Gone With a Handsomer Man" made me want to read it again and again! Hands down 5 stars!
If you're reading this Ms. West, thank you for a book us traditional Southern gals can enjoy! Hope to see a sequel soon! PS Love your blog as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been a Factual Reader for most of my life -so when this Author stepped into my life I am nuts about her. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Linda O. Webb
Good first book in what has the potential to be a fun series. No graphic violence, some sex.Published 16 months ago by J. Stein
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were charming although somewhat unrealistic. Regardless this story was engaging and fast paced with an intriguing plot.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Liked the story line. Kept me reading. Didn't want to stop. Looking for sequel. Seems like ending open for one.Published 21 months ago by lynn bentley
I didn't care for the descriptions of the sex scenes between Coop and Teeny, but I did enjoy the book and the surprise ending.Published 22 months ago by Gramma D