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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,225 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Piper Maitland Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781452672076
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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 fiance 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 fiance 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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. Publishers Weekly
  • Gone with a Handsomer Man is fun, funny, and fabulous!”

    Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series

  • Gone with a Handsomer Man is a delicious debut to this new series.”

    Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fun-filled romp, chock full of southern charm and memorable characters. Marguerite Gavin plays it to the hilt and delivers each character’s Southern accent perfectly…This is a hoot of an audio feast, not to be missed.”

    AudioFile

  • “West’s lighthearted, entertaining novel has all the flair of a screwball comedy.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/8/2014

    " This book was an easy read. Didn't turn out how I expected it to, but really liked it. I guess I only gave it three stars because I felt she dragged things out that didn't need to be and then rushed through the ending. I don't think I could have hung on much longer though, so I guess it is a good thing she ended abruptly :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/6/2014

    " Good book for a cold, dreary day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 2/6/2014

    " I like my female wannabe-sleuths intelligent and wisecracking, not aimless and deer-caught-in-the-headlights slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyra | 1/27/2014

    " This is one of those times you can judge a book by its cover. If you like the cover (and I do - it fits the book) you'll like this book. It's breezy, funny and makes great use of its southern locale. It starts with an over the top scene but throughout, the heroine acknowledges how crazy and artificial it seemed. Loved Red Butler too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 1/23/2014

    " Silly......recipe's cracked me up. Story slow at times, I figured out the mystery killer way before the author revealed. Good read for the times when you don't know what you want to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Wilson | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this book. It was funny and I am newly into mysteries. I also loved that it takes place in Charleston and mentions a lot of local places -- right down to the Harris Teeter on East Bay Street. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/16/2014

    " Cute & fluffy chic lit. Not my normal genre, but the stereotypical southern characters made me laugh. (Definitely some racy little love scenes.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 12/1/2013

    " This was a delightfully funny story with some romance, mystery and thriller thrown in. Easily a good summer read. Just watch out for some of the do not use recipes inside! LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Sanders | 11/30/2013

    " the perfect summer read...it was a good mix of humor (Teeny comes home from a canceled cooking class to find her fiance playing naked games in the backyard) but also a mystery (when someone turns up murdered and Teeny is the primary suspect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary W | 9/13/2013

    " A cozy, but a fascinating one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/10/2013

    " I did not see that particular ending coming! I love it when I'm totally surprised about whodunit. Lots of that quirky Southern humor that I love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather G | 6/17/2013

    " Just what I was looking for--light humor, a "mystery" to solve, and a batch of silly Southerners! A lot like Mary Kay Andrews' work--enjoyable and a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizz Wodrich | 6/17/2013

    " I can only assume there is a sequel in the works. Right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/13/2013

    " This was such a good book!!! Very reminiscent of Mary Kay Andrews. I look forward to reading the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeva | 4/14/2013

    " This book was great fun. A bit heavy on the peaches and cream, but otherwise a tasty southern morsel. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/11/2013

    " Engaging story, good dose of humor and some very interesting characters. I like southern writers and Michael Lee West has great voice and sense of place in her writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/16/2013

    " Fun little mystery by one of my new favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/16/2013

    " want to read the sequel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Green | 1/3/2013

    " Lots of fun good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/30/2012

    " I just couldn't put this down. It was just funny and I can't wait to see what kind of trouble she will get in next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karilee Croshaw | 5/30/2012

    " I got a few chapters into this book and had to stop reading because of inappropriate language. I was also reading it for a Book Club and didn't think it would be a great book to discuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 9/16/2011

    " well written. really enjoyed. lots of twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 5/9/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars. Cute, but oh so predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 4/30/2011

    " this book was a surprise! I didn't know what to expect but I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walker | 4/25/2011

    " This is a fun beach read- mystery, comedy, and romance all rolled into one. I couldn't put it down! I didn't love the ending- it has an unexpected twist, but it looks like the set up for a sequel, which I will definitely read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/13/2011

    " I feel in love with Michael Lee West when I read Crazy Ladies years ago. I'm so excited she's out with a new book, and better yet, a Southern Fiction Foodie book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 4/13/2011

    " What a silly book. And a stupid ending. I mean, a really, really stupid ending.

    I must find some good literature. These popular books and best sellers are killing me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 4/6/2011

    " Silly......recipe's cracked me up. Story slow at times, I figured out the mystery killer way before the author revealed. Good read for the times when you don't know what you want to read. "

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About the Author

Michael Lee West is the author of Mad Girls in Love, Crazy Ladies, American Pie, She Flew the Coop, and Consuming Passions. She lives with her husband on a rural farm in Tennessee with three bratty Yorkshire terriers, a Chinese Crested, assorted donkeys, chickens, sheep, and African Pygmy goats. Her faithful dog Zap (above) was the inspiration for a character in the novel.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”