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The Grim Steeper

(Teapot Collector Mystery #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  53 reviews
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 Victoria
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ebook, 304 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Berkley
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
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. Oka
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Tina at A COZY GIRL READS AND WRITES Blog
The Grim Steeper is definitely my cup of tea. Ameture Sleuth and chef, Sophie Taylor is a strong woman but you don't know how strong until she gets in hot water and willing to fight tooth and nail for the ones she loves. She works helping out her grandmother at Auntie Rose's Victoria Tea house and also with her Godmother, Laverne. The annual Fall Fling Town side Tea Party is the talk of Gracious Grove.

There's a tea-stroll and everyone including the staff, and professors of Cruickshank College,a
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Kristina
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
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 i ...more
Katreader
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 though
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Stephanie
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
A Fantastic Read

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.
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K.A. Davis
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Victoria Hamilton’s Vintage Kitchen Mystery series and was delighted to find out that Victoria writes a Teapot Collector Mystery series under the name of Amanda Cooper. Recently I had the pleasure of reading her brand new release, THE GRIM STEEPER, the third book in her series and found I’ve been missing out!

When her grandmother, Rose Freemont, is hospitalized with a suspected heart attack, Sophie Taylor begs to take time off from her sous chef de cuisine position in the Ham
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Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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 shockin ...more
Donna Townsend
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just how far will Sophie Taylor, chef at her Nana’s tea room in lovely Gracious Grove, go to clear her maybe-boyfriend’s name? And a murder to boot?
Sophie, who finds her way back to the town and people and career she loves, soon becomes embroiled in a college grade-fixing scandal when her guy Jason is accused of giving the star athlete at Cruickshank College an A in his course. She throws herself into the unknown: the quirky, unfathomable dynamics of a college campus. I personally loved the con
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Christine Denicola
The Grim Steeper is a cozy for all ages … it features a 20-something heroine and a group called the Silver Spouts, tea lovers of all ages and backgrounds. The story centers on Sophie Taylor, a great chef and baker, who has returned “home” to Gracious Grove and to Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tearoom. This is the third book in the series but it serves well as a stand-alone and yet tied up a few loose ends (for me) from the first and second books.

Sophie has detecting instincts that rival Philip Marlow
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NicoleG
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you live in a town with not 1, not 2, but 3 (no joke!!) tea houses?? A dash of friendly (sort of) competition, a splash of gossip (why not?) and a dollop of murder! When Sophie Taylor comes back to help her grandmother in the town of Gracious Grove, affectionately referred to as GiGi, she never imagined she’d get involved in solving yet another murder!
Someone near and dear to her is being framed for a grade changing scandal at the prestigious Cruickshank college and Sophie
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Sara Grotz
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading the Teapot Collector Mystery series. I absolutely loved it. I was able to jump right in and felt like the author brought me up to date with what had happened in the first two books and did not miss out on anything. I plan to go back and catch up with the series, because I really enjoyed the characters.
Sophie Taylor is working at a restaurant in the Hamptons when she gets a phone call saying her grandmother, Rose has had a heart attack. She promptly returns to Gr
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Stacey Toney
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the third installment of the Teapot Collector Mystery series, Sophie finds out that academia can be deadly!!!

When Sophie returns to Gracious Grove after her grandmother has a health scare, she discovers that her crush Jason Murphy has been accused of changing the grade of one his students, who happens to be the star basketball player at Cruickshank College, by the Dean. Since Sophie knows that Jason would never do falsify one of his students grades, she offers him her support. Unfortunately,
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Linda
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 ...more
Jeanie
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
I just couldn't miss one book in this series, because it is such a good one! The Grim Steeper, I think, is the best so far in the series. The tea shop is the kind of place I'd like to visit, and enjoy Rose, Sophie, and Julia - especially the role Julia has found in the series. Even scheming Thelma and Gilda have their place, sometimes comic relief when others don't get hurt. Sophie's heart throb from their younger days has been spending time with her, but he is now accused of falsifying an athle ...more
Sara
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Liz Caldwell
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Sophie Taylor returns to Gracious Grove and her grandmother's Tea house when grandmother Nana has a health scare. With Nana back home recovering, Sophie is helping prepare for the Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party when she finds out that her old boyfriend is under suspicion of changing a student-athlete's grade. And then the Dean who is about to publicly accuse Jason is found dead on the front garden of Nana's tea house. Sophie and her friends are soon busy trying to solve both the murder and the gr ...more
Lisa
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing cozy mystery from Amanda Cooper. The Grim Steeper will keep you guessing until the end. I could not put this book down. Sophie returns to Gracious Grove to help her grandma at her tea house, Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House. There is a townwide fall fling happening, when the body of the college dean ends up outside the tea house. Sophie's male friend ends up being the prime suspect because he was accused of changing a grade of a student. Sophie and her friends must find out who th ...more
Diane
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
The Grim Steeper is the first book I have read by Amanda Cooper and I plan to read the first two books in the series as soon as I can because I really enjoyed this one. The book is well written, with interesting characters, including some that appear throughout the series, and a really spellbinding who-done-it that kept me guessing until the last chapters of the book when the murderer was revealed. My only slight criticism is that there were superfluous details in the book that had no bearing on ...more
Rachel Welty
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I received this book to review from the author, I had never read any of her books before. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a cozy about a tea shop. But once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I was entranced by Sophie Taylor. She was a woman who drops everything for family. She happens to stumble on the body of her "friend" Jason's boss, who had accused him of grade tampering. To clear his name and get life back to normal, Sophie starts sleuthing again.

I like her and her friends. Her Godmother
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Julia David
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 f ...more
Karen
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great entry into the "Teapot Collector Series." "Amanda Cooper's "The Grim Steeper" continues the adventures of Sophie Taylor, back home in Gracious Grove after the closure of her "In Fashion" restaurant in New York City. She's come back home to recover from the loss of her restaurant, take care of her grandmother, Rose Freemont, and help out in her Auntie Rose's Tearoom.

Sophie has been back only a short time and has helped solve two murders in this quiet little town. She has been seein
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OpenBookSociety.com
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeanie
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The Grim Steeper
Teapot Collector Mystery, Book #3
By Amanda Cooper
ISBN: 9780425265253
Author Website: www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


Synopsis:

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 he
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Patrizia
3 stelle e mezza
Il libro ci ha messo un po' a farsi piacere, poi ho preso il via, ma il finale mi ha lasciato un po' scontenta. Forse mi sono persa io gli indizi, ma non mi sembra che l'autrice sia stata molto brava a lasciarne in giro abbastanza, in modo che un lettore potesse arrivare alla conclusione. Inoltre, a un certo punto mi sembrava un po' troppo confusionario: tutti che, più o meno, indagavano e avevano qualcosa da nascondere, o almeno così sembrava; di certo, in diversi avevano second
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Bonnie Drummond
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This series got better with each book.
Christa (haines) Sheridan
I find the characters are not as developed as I would like. There's something a little hollow about the environment. I don't think I'll be actively looking for a fourth installment in this series.
Susan Moxley
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story that keeps you guessing to the very end.
Max "Mr Divabetic" Szadek
I put this book down halfway through it. After enjoying the first two books in this series, this book was a total disappointment. I lost interest quickly. I don't recommend it.
Sandra
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery started off well but got really bogged down in the middle.

I do question the idea of putting a pregnant woman alone with a killer even when there are people nearby.
North of Normal Book Reviews
* Reviewed by Lisa for North of Normal Book Reviews

Kept me guessing till the end!

THE GRIM STEEPER is an adult amateur sleuth/cozy mystery and #3 in A TEAPOT COLLECTOR MYSTERY books by Amanda Cooper. It can be read as a stand-alone.

Seriously, I could not put this book down.

Sophie returns to Gracious Grove to help her grandma at her tea house, Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House. During the town-wide Fall fling, the body of the local college dean turns up outside the tea house, and Sophie's boyfrien
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