The Grim Steeper

The Grim Steeper

by Amanda Cooper

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The national bestselling author of Shadow of a Spout invites readers back to the Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove for more tea and murder...

Mid-October in the charming Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove means it’s time for the annual Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party. The highlight of the festivities is a roaming tea-tasting, which includes a stop at Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. Sophie Taylor would like to share her enjoyment of the event with her sort-of boyfriend, English teacher Jason Murphy, but Jason’s dean has accused him of falsifying grades to help an athlete at the local college. Steamed and stressed, Jason shows up the night of the party with bags under his eyes.
But the dean shows up under Sophie’s Japanese Maple later that night, murdered, and now Jason is suspected of far worse than fudging grade reports. It’s up to Sophie, her Nana, and their friends the Silver Spouts to pore over the clues to find out who really decided to teach the dean a lesson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425265253
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: A Teapot Collector Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 188,808
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amanda Cooper is a pseudonym for Victoria Hamilton, the national bestselling author of the Vintage Kitchen and Merry Muffin Mystery series.

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The Grim Steeper 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. To say that Sophie Taylor had a bad day is a huge understatement. After tangling with the chef at the upscale restaurant where she worked as sous chef (thanks to her mother), she gets a call that her beloved grandmother had been taken to the hospital for an apparent heart attack. Of course, her first instinct was to get to Gracious Grove. While her grandmother was on the mend, Sophie slips back into the rhythm of Auntie Rose's, her Nana's tea shop. Things are going well when her friend (and hopefully more than a friend soon!) Jason is implicated in a grade-fixing scheme at the college where he teaches. The dean hints that he's going to announce the culprit soon, but before that can happen, Sophie finds Dean Asquith dead on the property of Auntie Rose's. Sure that Jason is going to be a suspect, Sophie once again starts her own investigation. With the help of her friends and the Silver Spouts, she's determined to prove Jason's innocence. All the GiGi gang is back, and as usual I wish it was a real town because it sounds like a wonderful place to visit...especially with the possibility of tea at Auntie Rose's.
StephJones More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cooper’s Teapot Collector mystery series gets better with every new installment. The Grim Steeper is the third in the series, and the characters continue to grow into people you really care about. Picking up where Shadow of a Spout left off, Sophie Taylor is living and working in the Hamptons, having a really horrible day, when she learns of her grandmother’s illness. This news causes Sophie to return to Gracious Grove, and her family, friends, and maybe boyfriend Jason. This story centers around the annual Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party. The city of Gracious Grove has partnered with the local college for this year’s event in an effort to improve town and gown relations. Sophie’s friend, Jason, is teaching English at the college. During the weekend event, a murder occurs in front of Auntie Rose’s, Sophie’s grandmother’s teahouse. Jason has been accused of taking bribes, and falsifying grades for the small college’s star athlete. This allows the author to explore college level politics, the role of athletes and fundraising, and relationships between the town and the local college. It is beautifully done within the context of a well-designed murder mystery. My test of a compelling book is what I call JOMC. Just One More Chapter, the phrase a reader mutters as they continue to read, when they should put the book down and let real life intrude. I started this book one evening, and did not put it down until I finished it in the wee, small hours of the following morning. I was caught up in the storyline, and did not guess “who done it”. Grandma Rose is a feisty, loveable character. Her best friend, Laverne, has an incredible family. The Silver Spouts, an eclectic group of teapot collectors, are back again to help out. “Frenemy” Thelma is up to her old tricks. Sophie’s rocky relationship with her mother is further explored, as well. Dana and Cissy, Sophie’s friends, continue to be supportive and provide a few laughs. Mac MacAlister is the college’s star athlete, and failing student. All combine to bring a wonderfully engaging story to the reader. I have read the previous books in this series. However, this book could easily stand alone. Amanda Cooper provides appropriate commentary to bring a new reader of the series up to speed quickly and easily. In all transparency, I won the opportunity to read an advance copy of the book in return for a fair review. I was thrilled at the opportunity. My review is based upon my enjoyment, and was not colored by the fact that I was given this book.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Grim Steeper by Amanda Cooper is the third book in the Teapot Collector Mystery series. Sophie Taylor returns to Gracious Grove, New York when she received word her beloved Nana (Rose Freemont) is ill (possible heart attack). Sophie was not enjoying the job at Bartleby’s in the Hampton’s (obnoxious employer) and when they would not give her time off for her grandmother’s illness she quit (I do not blame her). Thankfully, Rose is on the mend and just needs to take it easy. Sophie slips back into her routine at Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. The town is getting ready for the Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party. People will be able to stroll through the town for tea tastings (and goodies). But there is some trouble brewing for Sophie’s boyfriend, Jason Murphy. Jason is a professor at Cruickshank College (and working on his dissertation). He is being accused of taking a bribe to alter the grade of the star basketball player, Mac MacAlister. Jason would never jeopardize his job or the college (he is a straight arrow). On the day Dean Dale Asquith is going to announce the person responsible for the grade change, he turns up dead on the front lawn of Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. Whoever killed the Dean is trying to set up Jason. Sophie (with the help of Nana and friends) will have to sift through the clues and find the culprit to prove Jason’s innocence. The Grim Steeper was a fun cozy mystery to read. The book has great characters, lovely setting, and a good mystery (with clues along the way to help solve the mystery). The Grim Steeper is well-written and can be read without having enjoyed the other two books in the series (though you will want to read them). There are a lot of characters and it can be hard to keep them all straight at first. I give The Grim Steeper 5 out of 5 stars. I cannot wait to read the next book in A Teapot Collector Mystery series. There is a recipe at the end of the book and a discussion on tea strainers and infusers. The Grim Steeper does a superb job of combining romance, friendship, tea (and goodies), and mystery into one delightful book. I received a complimentary copy of The Grim Steeper from the author (care of Cozy Mystery Review Crew) in exchange for an honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
A wonderful addiction to the Teapot Collector Mystery series.... Things have changed for Sophie Taylor since we last saw her in Shadow of a Sprout. She has returned to the restaurant kitchen, working as a sous chef de cuisine at Bartleby’s in the Hamptons. That is, until she gets a call informing her of her grandmother’s heart attack. Sophie rushes back to Finger Lakes, New York and immerses herself in taking care of her grandmother and her grandmother’s tea room, Auntie Rose’s Victoria Tea House. Nana’s recovery is going good but Sophie receives more shocking news. Her sort of boyfriend, Jason has been accused of changing the grade of the most valuable basketball player on Cruickshank College’s team in order to make him eligible to play. As if Jason’s situation couldn’t get worse, Dale Asquith, the dean of Cruickshank College and the person driving to have Jason fired is found dead. The Grim Steeper is told in third person. However, Amanda Cooper writes the story so that readers know what Sophie, her grandmother Rose, and Rose’s frenemy Thelma Mae Earnshaw are thinking. For me, this series is all about the central and supporting characters. I love them. Well, maybe not Thelma Mae and her granddaughter Cissy. Reading the Teapot Collector Mystery series is like spending time with friends you can’t get enough of. While this is the third book in the series, it is easily a standalone read. Like a great cup of tea steeped to perfection, The Grim Steeper takes readers on a well planned out adventure to discover and capture a killer. In order to clear Jason’s name and restore his reputation, Sophie will enlist the help of her friends and members of the Silver Spouts teapot collecting group. Just as they are closing in on the killer, they’ll have to act fast. It seems the killer has no problem with leaving bodies in their wake. The story ends with a happy moment and I’m looking forward to returning to Finger Lakes and Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. **Received a copy from Penguin Berkley Prime Crime for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Sophie is having a bad day, then she gets a call that her grandmother is very ill and she needs to go to her right away. Her boss refuses to give her the time off, so she quits. Turns out her mother had manipulated things to get her the job. Once back with her grandmother, she knows that is where she belongs. Then she finds the dean of the local college dead on their lawn. Her boyfriend, Jason, is blamed because he was having a problem with the dean already. The dean seemed to think that Jason falsified the grade of one of the students. Now Sophie has to prove that Jason wouldn't falsify any grades and he wouldn't commit murder.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Cooper really hits her stride... The Grim Steeper by Amanda Cooper The Third Teapot Collector Mystery After a brief, and fairly disastrous, trip back to the Hamptons to work in an upscale restaurant Sophie Taylor returns to Gracious Grove and her grandmother, friends, and Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House. While cooking again brings her joy, there is trouble in the Finger Lakes. Neighbor and fellow tea shop owner Thelma Mae is up to her old tricks, but worse than that her friend (possibly more than just a friend) Jason is thought to be involved in a grading scandal at the local college. Trying to help, Sophie sticks her foot in her mouth on more than one occasion, possibly exacerbating the situation. When the dean is found dead-right outside Auntie Rose's-Sophie knows she has to make things right and find the killer. Faced with a hotbed of collegiate intrigue and drama, Sophie will have to sort through what's relevant and what's not, especially if she wants Jason to stay in her life. The Grim Steeper showcases the harsh realities of the academic life. Oftentimes it's a place where politics and publicity trump learning and athletics is valued over academics. Collegiate intrigue, shoddy reporting, a grading scandal, and the search for a scapegoat add to this volatile setting creating the perfect background for murder. One of the most important things this book, indeed in the whole Teapot Collector Mystery series, tries to impart is the importance of doing what you love where you are loved. Sophie could work in an upscale restaurant making good money, surrounded by influential people. However, the reality is the stress level is astronomical and the majority of the people, influential or not, are egotistical jerks The stress, the pressure, and the negative people aren't worth the lifestyle for Sophie. Being the chef at Auntie Rose's gives her the flexibility to be as creative as she'd like in the kitchen surrounded by family, friends, and positive influences; something we should all keep in mind in our own lives. Cooper really hits her stride in this third book in the series. The writing is crisp and taut, the action driven by Sophie's need to help Jason, yet there is still room for a dose of humor. The mystery is complex (are there two separate mysteries or two mysteries intertwined into one) with many good suspects. While I can't say that I like all of Sophie's friends, their faults make an interesting dynamic and I would still enjoy a drive to the Finger Lakes to enjoy tea at Auntie Rose's, while being thankful I don't add sugar to mine! Recipe and Tea Tips included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Working as sous chef in the illustrious seafood restaurant in the Hamptons turns out NOT to be the dream job for Sophia. Then when her friend, Dana, calls to tell her that her grandmother had a heart attack, Sophia immediately requests time off, only to not only be denied but also abruptly told that her mother bribed the owner to offer her the job. Sophia once again finds herself back in Gracious Grove, her grandmother recovering, and her place back managing the Tea House...and finding that she really does love it here. Then problems strike. First, her friend, Jason, a professor at the local college, is accused of altering a grade for a star athlete. Then, during the annual Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party, the college dean is found murdered outside their tea room. Are the two incidents connected? Sophia is positive that Jason is innocent of the grade altering and certainly had nothing to do with the murder but how can she help prove this. This is the 3rd book in the Teapot Collector series and has fun characters and interesting plot twists. I love the relationship between Sophia, her Nana, and her godmother, Laverne. I even like the antics of the eccentric and sometimes malicious neighbor, Thelma. The plot is timely, with today's emphasis on sports in college and computer technology. I look forward to the next book in this series, and especially to see how Sophia and Jason's relationship grows. Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
THE GRIM STEEPER is a great plot infused with wonderful writing! Another lovely installment of the Teapot Collector Mystery series, THE GRIM STEEPER is an excellent story steeped in mystery and drama. Author Amanda Cooper has penned another must read story in this mystery series for tea lovers, and all mystery fans. Spending time in Aunty Rosie’s Victorian Tea House is always a great way to spend the day. The setting paints lovely images in my mind as I read. And then a pesky murder happens. Okay, so that where the fun begins! A very tight plot that kept me guessing with every turn of the page, THE GRIM STEEPER is a fantastic story that really held my attention. I didn’t want to put it down. Truly another must read from Amanda Cooper aka Victoria Hamilton! A yummy recipe, and descriptions of tea strainers and infusers can be found at the back of the book!