What's not to love about afternoon tea? Well, maybe a little murder... but for me, a mystery and tea was exactly what I needed, and found, in The Grim Steeper (Teapot Collector Mystery #3) by Amanda Cooper. Pour yourself a cup and lets have a chat about what I am sure will become a new favorite series.
From the back of the book:
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.
I love a character driven story and this is certainly filled with awesome and plentiful characters. It was my first time in the series, so I did take a minute to adjust to the amount of names and faces, but the writing was so lovely and I found it easy to embrace them. There was a lot of character development, even in the secondary roles, which made this feel very genuine. Having the suspect be so close to the heroine made it a pretty intense read as well.
This was the kind of book that keeps you up all night reading as you tell yourself that common reader lie - just one more page. I told myself that right up to the last page. I loved that there were enough clues peppered through the story that you could have solved it if you were paying close attention. My powers of deduction proved to be as strong as like my tea.
If you like a well plotted, solvable mystery this is a series you will want to read. I did not need to read prior parts to enjoy this one and recommend you jump right in. As a lovely treat, you will also find a delicious recipe, as well some interesting information about tea strainers and infusers, in the back of the book.
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