Thursday, April 19, 2012

A TEENY BIT OF TROUBLE, by Michael Lee West


Michael Lee West

Available here on Amazon.

A delicious peach of a book, this latest installment of Teeny Templeton's hilarious adventures hit the bookstores April 10th.  My copy arrived the following Friday, so I spent an enjoyable weekend with the zany Charleston pastry chef who is forever cooking up something in the kitchen and attracting trouble.

Michael Lee's GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN, introduced us to Teeny Templeton, a tiny Georgia peach of a trouble magnet who makes up recipes to suit her mood or situation. At the conclusion of  GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN,  Teeny had been cleared of murder charges, was in love and reunited with her childhood crush, and had just discovered an unexplained 10 year old from said boyfriend's past.

Raised by her Aunt Bluette, Teeny grew up on a peach orchard in the fictional Bonaventure, Georgia.  Now that Aunt Bluette is deceased, the home and orchard belong to Teeny.  It's no surprise  that peaches are a huge part of Teeny's cooking repertoire.

And Teeny's faithful bulldog, Sir, is right beside her.

"All I had left was the memory of romance.  It reminded me of the perfect peach pie, where your fork breaks through the flaky, top crust into the sweet, amber-colored filling and the flavors of summer melt on your tongue. "

Aunt Bluette's Fresh Peach Pie
(A procedure, not a recipe)

Buy or make two pie crusts.  Put the bottom crust into a 9" pie pan.  Peel and slice a dozen ripe Elbertas.  Arrange the slices in the bottom of the pie shell.  In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 cup peach preserves, and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.  Mix and pour over peaches.  Dot the mixture with pieces of cold butter.  Roll out the second crust.  Using a pastry wheel, cut the pastry into strips.  Lay strips on top of peaches and make a lattice design.  Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.  Serve with vanilla ice cram.  Garnish with sugared pecans.

"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.  is forced to return to her hometown, and begins to uncover a heap of secrets about Coop." Book jacket ~ A TEENY BIT OF TROUBLE

Will Coop and Teeny survive this latest trouble? 

If you don't already have your copy, 

rush right out and pick up 


to see where all this leads.  

You can bet Teeny is 

stirring up new recipes 

in the kitchen and stirring up 


in her life. 

Click the links below to view 

previous reviews of Michael Lee West's novels.


Cooking w/ Teeny

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The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. That sounds delicious! Both the book and the peach concoction!

  2. Your post is quite delicious; well the photos are, all those peaches. The books sounds wonderful too.

  3. My penpal introduced me to Michelle's books and I am looking forward to reading this one! You have me wishing for a slice of fresh peach pie - but it will be a while before we see any of those.

  4. Looks delicious. I love fresh peaches. I'm looking forward to picking up Michelle's new book.

  5. What a fun post! That pie looks amazing!!

  6. I immediately copied the "procedure" and tomorrow...I am going to indulge. All I need to buy is the crusts, peach preserves, a dozen ripe Elbertas and I am good to go! I'll walk to that store if I have to but I am going to have this PIE!!!

    I have heard of this author around blogland.. might just have to read this author's books.. *sigh*
    HOW I hate to miss ANYTHING! :)

  7. :D This is such a cute post, and don't you just know that I love it! I am anxiously awaiting a couple of book releases. These nooks look cute. I need to check them out!

    I love baking pies especially peach pie!


  8. Sarah,
    I love peaches especially in pies & cobblers.
    I look forward to reading to relishing this latest book from MLW and trying the recipes.

  9. Your pie looks wonderful Sarah, great pics! I'm sitting here with a cup of coffee and wish I had a piece. Maybe I'll make something with peaches this weekend:@)

  10. Sarah~ Your peach pie looks delicious with its lattice crust! I love your peach orchard mosaic and that you found the book jacket Bride & Groom for your post :)

  11. BRAVO Sarah....beautifully done! I loved all your gorgeous shots (did you get a new camera?) & your review is spot-on.

    That peach pie looks FANtastic!
    Wish I could join you for a taste.


  12. Hi Sarah,
    Your peach pie looks delicious and your post is great! I just loved the book and didn't put it down. Hope you have a fabulous week end and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  13. Your dessert looks so good and enticing! I'm going to order some of her books. My curiosity has been peaked!

  14. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  15. Great post! I still don't have a copy of Teeny Bit of Trouble but can't wait to read Part II of the misadventures of Teeny Templeton.

    Your peach pie looks so delicious - not to mention beautiful!

  16. Hello Sarah, thanks for sharing about this book I'll have to check it out and I'll definitely try the peach pie recipe. You have a beautiful way of presenting your subject. Thanks so much for coming by my blog and leaving kind words. Have a great weekend.

  17. What a fun post you have created today. Pie looks yum, and books sounds good. As always you are creative and I look forward to your posts.

  18. I've ordered my book and can't wait to read it! I enjoyed the first one so much. Yummy peach pie! Great review! hugs, Linda

  19. Oh Sarah,
    You've made a YUMMY tribute to the newest DELICIOUS READ of Michaels that has left me "CRAVING answers in Ms West's newest adventures of Teeny "AND" a NEED for PEACH PIE!!!
    Thank you for the FUN REVIEW!
    Thank you to You and to Michael for always keeping us entertained...
    Big Hugs,

  20. Wonderful review, Sarah! My favorite. I just heard about Michael's new book on her blog's FF page --I have been somewhat out of the lopp these days I'm so excited for her!

  21. Sarah, that pie is making my mouth water! I just finished this, and had so much fun reading it. Great job with your review! laurie

  22. I can't wait to read it, I loved the first! No peaches here for awhile, I do love to bake with them! Your pie looks delicious! I have 2 busy weeks coming up, so I will wait till after to read it.
    Have a great weekend, Sarah!
    I found some flatware at HG, but no dots or plaid. :(

  23. Sarah, I must say that I'm probably the only person in blogdom who hasn't read Michael Lee West's books and they sound like just the kind I love. The peach pie looks delicious. I'm copying the "procedure". Can't wait to make it and to read Michael's books. Have a good weekend,

  24. What an explosive and wonderful post, Sarah. Amazing photos...just beautiful.
    I can't decide at this very minute if I want the book or a piece of your beautiful pie the most....
    *shhh...(looking around to see if Michael Lee is listening) I really REALLY want that pie.

  25. I'm about to start reading this book... can't wait... LOVED the first one!

  26. Oh yum! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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