A Teeny Bit of Trouble by Michael Lee West is the second book in a the “Teeny Templeton” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, April 2012

After Charleston pastry chef Teeny Templeton witnesses a murder, she discovers that her lawyer-boyfriend, Coop O’Malley, has been keeping secrets. And then even more trouble comes knocking at her door—trouble in the form of a precocious ten-year-old girl who might just be Coop’s daughter. As more lies explode, Teeny finds herself trapped in Bonaventure, Georgia, a zany “little Savannah,” where she must gather DNA from a child genius, as she tries to outwit a stalker, decode an encrypted diary, and fend off the advances of an ex-beau.

And just when she thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, a series of not-so-teeny troubles arise, including an uneasy love triangle, a gossip-mongering tarantula breeder, a wise-cracking Southern Belle with early Alzheimer’s, Coop’s loveable Chihuahua-toting granny, and clues that point to something truly deadly going down in this charming southern town. But when a suspect is arrested and the bodies keep piling up anyway, Teeny doesn’t know who to trust. As the murderers close in, Teeny unearths a revelation that threatens to flip her whole world upside-down.

Teeny is one of those characters you want to smack some sense into her, but then feels sorry for her at the same time. She has a murderer after her, her boyfriend is hiding something and she’s also dealing with his possible wayward and precocious ten-year old daughter. This was a good read that had me laughing at the situations that seems to find Teeny and kept me entertained as I unraveled the mystery that was presented. And oh my gosh, the names of recipes that Teeny comes up with for what she’s dealing with are a hoot. I can’t wait to see what exciting adventures await Teeny and her friends. Bonus recipes are included in the book.

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