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A Teeny Bit of Trouble (Teeny Templeton #2)

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It's not every day that I bake a dozen Red Velvet cakes, learn my boyfriend may have a love child, and I witness a murder.

After Charleston pastry chef, Teeny Templeton, witnesses a murder, she discovers that her lawyer-boyfriend, Coop O'Malley, has been keeping secrets: the victim's ten-year-old daughter may be his child. As more lies explode, Teeny finds herself trapped i
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
LOVEDLOVEDLOVED it! I don't understand the other reviews for this book. I have read a "Teeny" book before and have always found the characters charming and the plot compelling. I think some of the other reviewers are nitpicking... if this kind of book just isn't your cup of tea that is one thing- but I happen to love murder mysteries! It may have had one or two characters that were just superfluous, but the ending made up for all of that! This kind of book I could read over again. Also I receive ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free as part of the Goodreads First Read giveaway program. I knew I would love this book because I loved Gone with a Handsomer Man sooo much! This book was just as amazing as that one if not better! I really hope that Michael Lee West writes a third book in this series! I want to see what else Teeny and Coop do in the future! I have a few more books left to read by Michael Lee West and I can't wait to read them!
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You had me at "red velvet cupcakes", but I was even more enamored with "Anything-You-Say-Can-Be-Used-Against-You Quiche". Of course, being an advance reading copy, there were things that hadn't been corrected. Usually, that bothers me. Not in this case! I usually can't stand reading books out of order in a series. Not in this case! It was laugh-out-loud funny, great mystery, characters I adore, and so much more. I hope my library has the first one!
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
" A Teeny Bit of Trouble" by Michael Lee West Is a fun quick read! I loved the Characters! The plot was fun and quirky!Great read with a few good laughs along the way!I highly recommend!I won this book through the Goodreads First-reads giveaway program,"Thank You!"
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: mysteries
This book was very captivating and fun to read!! Loved every page of it!!

Emerson was a riot, although she does have a mouth on her for an almost 11 year old child!! Minnie was also a riot!!

Now I have to go back and read the book written before this one so that I can learn about Teeny's history. Leave it to me to read the second book before reading the first!!
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that I've read by Michael Lee West. I was pleasantly surprised. She reminds me of across between Mary Kay Andrews and Janet Evonovich. Very Southern and very funny. I felt that the plot was well written, but even more than that her GA southernisms were dead on.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Teeny Bit of Trouble is the second book in the Teeny Templeton series by Michael Lee West. It's not every day that a lady calls and accuses you of spying on her. Then when you actually do spy on her, you witness her murder. EEK! Then mix in your lawyer-boyfriend's secrets, a ten-year-old that may be his daughter, a flirtatious ex-boyfriend that keeps popping up bearing soul food and desserts, and trying to decode a stolen diary. It's a recipe for trouble. And our favorite freelance baker, Teen ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I couldn't get past page 130 of this book. It was awful.

The dialogue was horribly written. Some of it was completely unrealistic. Her and Coop's mushy dialogue back and forth was sickening. "Have you ever loved someone so much it hurts?" Really?

Her "oh shit" smile? I'm still not sure what that's supposed to look like. Her friend always referring to her as "homegirl" was a lame attempt at portraying how cool he was.

I think the characters in this book were supposed to depict Southern culture...fa
Shh I'm reading!
It's been a couple of weeks since I read A Teeny Bit of Trouble, but I was really conflicted after my first read. The premise is great: Teeny, a pastry chef, witnesses a murder and the victim just may be the mother of her boyfriend's love child. It seems more people are dying than usual and signs are pointing to black market organs as the cause. With her name and her life on the line, Teeny searches clues to find the killers.

The mix of mystery, humor, and romance makes for a great read and Teen
Jessica Davison
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teeny Templeton suspects that her boyfriend, Coop may be hooking up with his ex. A few weeks ago out of the blue a young girl stops by and tells Coop that he is her father. Teeny decides to go on a spy mission. She puts on her black, wet suit. It is the only black outfit that Teeny owns and she does not want to stick out like a sore thumb.

Teeny gets more than she bargains for, when she witnesses Coop’s ex being murdered. The murderer knows that Teeny saw him or her. Now it is just a matter of t
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-won
So excited I won this book, can't wait to read it. Thanks! This is the first time I have read an advanced copy of a book. With that in mind, I didn't get too upset with the minor typos found. Some reviews were not favorable because of then, but really, it was very minor. Teeny and Coop were likeable characters, with out of the ordinary situations they got involved in. When reading this book you know it is fiction, and will probably never happen, but kept you interested in the plot. Never read Mi ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession to make: I've always secretly wished I were a Southern woman, one with a hammy accent, who loves grits, and can handle a pistol as well as a pie tin. But I'm not, I don't, and I can't, so novels about sassy Southern women have always been one of my guilty pleasures. Luckily, Michael Lee West writes the perfect books for those of us suffering from a debilitating lack of Southern-ness and her latest is just the ticket - enjoy!
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series and I loved it! the author is such a foodie. she brings the same bit of humor to Teeny and now a new character Emerson. Love her name and they way she mixes up everything she says. Good story that had me guessing until the end on whodunit. Can't wait to pass it on to the rest of the family.
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is classic chick lit, but i enjoy that every now and then :)
Denise Taylor
Sorry. Didn't really like it. Poor editing. I'm not sure the author has ever actually used Scotch tape. I am from the South and the author appears to be from the South, but the characters are like somebody has never met a real person from Georgia. How was all that food kept in an unused kitchen? A 'light read' does not involve finding corpses stripped of their skin and eyeballs.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction, 2013
This is the second Teeny Templeton story by author Michael Lee West.

I discovered West when my friend Lori Wilde sent me a copy of the first "Teeny" story,"Gone With a Handsomer Man" I loved that book. I had discovered yet another author I wanted to follow. So when I saw she had a second book out about the petite, Georgia peach-growing, trouble-seems-to-follow-her-everywhere, sweetheart Teeny Templeton I just had to read it.

It's like a "southern foodie" book with quirky, fun and sadly sometimes
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I didn't even have to read inside the front cover to know I'd love this book. I love Michael Lee West's books! She is an awesome southern writer. I checked the book out and brought it home without even opening it- and it did not disappoint. Teeny, like all Wests heroines, is easy to love. Wests' females are human- imperfect, sometimes a little neurotic, and always easy to identify with. Teeny makes mistakes. She can be impulsive and stubborn. She has bad hair days (every day), and has a strange
Jenee Rager
I won an Advanced Reader Copy of this book through goodreads so I'm hoping that by the final publication date that the multidude of spelling and clerical errors will be caught and removed by the final publication date. As it was they were distracting and in at least one case totally changed the context of what was being said.

"A Teeny Bit of Trouble" is a fun breezy book. I found out that it was a sequel to another book when I was several pages in. I believe I might have liked the book better ha
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Teeny Templeton and her hair-brained schemes, to satisfy her being a truth-junkie. I'm less enchanted by Coop, but that's neither here nor there. Our new character of 10yo mouthy Emerson is more fun added, and Red makes a reappearance.

There are issues within the book...some typos that I'm surprised were not caught were distracting, "I went to the door of Mama's door." I'd get caught on this and have to reread it a couple of times to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding. There were also a c
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the sequel to "Gone with a Handsomer Man". Teeny is enjoying her relationship with her former high school sweetheart, Coop. But things get complicated when her formal rival calls implicating that Coop is still involved with her and had a child with her. When Teeny goes over to confront her, she sees a wild scene as she sees her attacked and strangled. Running away, fearing to be implicated she goes to Coop for help. On returning, their is no sign of the crime, but Emerson, the young girl ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

A disappointing sequel, primarily due to very poor editing. The story was fine, and the main characters still appealing (tho this was somewhat marred by some inconsistencies in the characterizations), with a very engaging new character in Emerson, who may or may not be the daughter of Teeny's maybe-boyfriend, Coop. However, one character--and not the one who's given to malapropisms--says "paradigm" when she means "paragon", one character's surname changes spelling (from McCormack to McCormick a
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Oh my goodness! Such a fun, hilarious, and suspenseful book! I love it when I read something that makes me laugh out loud! If you haven't read Gone With A Handsomer Man, you have to read it first. Teeny is an asthmatic, good Southern girl from Georgia that loves to cook and is a magnet for trouble. While trying to find out if a 10 year old from hell is her boyfriend's daughter, she witnesses a woman being murdered by someone wearing a Bill Clinton mask, is stalked by a pervert and a sexy ex (not ...more
Brenda Martinez
I received this in a Goodreads Giveaway and I am glad I didn't buy it. First off, to be fair, when I find numerous typos in the first few pages of a book I get turned off. It sets the tone of book that the author or publisher didn't care enough about the book to check it a little better and this book didn't get any better. I had a hard time finishing it. The characters are not likable people that I care to read about any more.
Teeny is suppose to be a baker for a living, but she is well enough o
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 out of 5 stars (I seem to be rating a lot of books that way lately). I won an Advanced Readers Copy "A Teeny Bit of Trouble" from goodreads several months ago and finally got around to reading it. Unlike many of my other goodreads wins, I have actually read other books by this author in the past, which I on average enjoyed...particularly her food-centric non-fiction.

"A Teeny Bit of Trouble" was a light & fluffy chick-lit mystery whose central character loves food and seems to attract a
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, first-reads
I got this ARC from first reads and I was excited to read it, it looked like it would be a really fun read. I figured out early on that it was a sequel and I wished I would have read the first one in order to get some of the things the characters talked about in the books. There were some spelling mistakes in the novel, that i'm sure they will fix before it is available to the public...well at least I hope so. I really liked Emerson she was a brat but that was definitely caused by her parents. I ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Teeny Bit of Trouble" is the second book in the Teeny Templeton series. It is a fun read with romance, cooking, and intrigue. It is a cross between chick lit and a mystery. I enjoyed it because it kept me thinking without the heaviness that some crime novels have.

The character, Teeny manages to get into a lot of trouble, but she is fun and likable. As a parent and teacher, I did have a difficult time understanding the character, Emerson. She is a 10 year old girl who may be the daughter of T
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2012
Teeny Templeton has gotten herself right in the middle of another mystery. Her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend turns up claiming that he is the father of her 10 year old daughter. Teeny is in more trouble now than she ever has been in before. It is guaranteed that she will find the answers she is looking for even at the expense of her safety. This novel was more gruesome in my opinion than the last one. That would be my only complaint. What I like most about these books is that it blends mystery with ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
teeny is back again. the story picks up about a year after emerson shows up on coopers front door claiming cooper is her real dad and barb is her mother. barb is an ex girlfriend of cooper's who also is the reason teeny an coop broke up in high school. barb puts all these thoughts in teeny's head about coop bein the father an wanting barb back so they can be a family that one night teeny sneaks over to peek in barbs house to see if coop is there only to witness barb being murdered. when she trie ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A funny Southern-friend style mystery with Teeny Templeton back trying to figure out why so many young women are dying in her hometown in Georgia while she also tries to figure out if she should marry her attractive, slightly brooding boyfriend and lawyer, Cooper O'Malley. If you read the first book in this series "Gone with a Handsomer Man" (fabulous title), you will find the West has more control of her characters here. Teeny doesn't constantly think up new recipes or talk in too many Southern ...more
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Michael Lee West grew up on the Gulf Coast with a wild tribe of Southern cooks. She lives on a farm near Nashville with her family. Michael is the author of Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, She Flew the Coop, American Pie, Mad Girls in Love, Mermaids in the Basement, Consuming Passions, and Gone With a Handsomer Man. Her new novel, A Teeny Bit of Trouble, is the second installment in the Teeny Tem ...more
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