Teeny is an out-of-work pastry chef who is affianced to Bing. He has given her a present of some cake decorating lessons but when Teeny arrives home because of a canceled lesson, she finds Bing playing naked badminton with 2 also naked women. Teeny being a woman of heated passions climbs a peach tree and begins lobbing peaches. Teeny is arrested and given a restraining order.
The setting is Charleston. Teeny moves into one of the historic homes downtown courtesy of Bing's aunt Dora whom he dislikes. One of Bing's girlfriends is selling the historic house and Teeny needs to both find a job and find new accommodation.
When Bing is found dead, Teeny is the prime suspect for all sorts of reasons. A chance encounter leads to Teeny meeting an old flame who dumped her 10 years ago. He also happens to be a lawyer and is more than willing to help Teeny and find out who the real killer is.
This is a funny cozy mystery. There are a bunch of inconsistencies and just plain unbelievable plot lines but the story grabs you and the humour fuels the need to keep turning those pages. Teeny is so naive but has the southern charm necessary for a great character. I loved reading about one of my favourite places, Charleston. The recipes included sound delicious but I will watch what ingredients I use.
The last sentence just shouts there will be a sequel and I for one will wait with baited breath.
First Line: "All I ever wanted in life was true love, a set of copper cookware, and the perfect recipe for red velvet cake."