Sunday, February 21, 2016

What's on TV? #bookgiveaway

By: Sophie Taylor
From: The Grim Steeper
Series: Teapot Collector Mysteries
Author: Amanda Cooper aka Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

So, I've been watching a lot of TV late at night, what I call Murder at Midnight. I'm addicted to all these true crime shows, like 48 Hour Investigates, Hollywood Confidential, The First 48, Murder in Paradise, City Confidential, Deadly Affairs... wow... there are a lot of them.

Maybe I ought to vary my watching habits.

'Cause after a while you kind of get skeeved out, you know? I work in the tearoom and I watch folks, and wonder... who among these nice folks could do something so drastic? Then I shake myself; I know better. Despite all those shows I know that few people would even consider murder, much less to someone they love.

But then, when it happens in your town, when a prominent man like the dean is murdered, you wonder; will it end up like in the true crime shows? 90% of the time it's the significant other, the husband or wife, who did the murder, and it gets you thinking... what goes wrong in these people's lives that murder is the only option to a failing marriage? It makes a girl think; surely those men and women didn't go into marriage thinking, "Well, if it doesn't work out I'll just kill him/her!"

However, I'm an optimist. Despite all I watch, I believe in the goodness of most people, and I'm not cynical at all. I truly believe that 99% of people would risk life and limb to save another, even a stranger, and I think most police officers, despite all they witness, would agree.

Sometimes I feel bad about murder as entertainment; it's someone's life, after all. When I get down to that, it's horrible that someone's tragedy is on TV.  But you know, those shows often feature the family speaking about the victim, and I believe it helps them move on. They can tell the public about all the important things about their loved one, and not just how their life ended. I hope it's healing for them; I find myself saying a prayer for the living.

But about the dean... who killed him? Could it have been the wife? Or is it someone else in his life? The one person I know it wasn't is Jason Murphy. I would trust him with my life; he's that kind of special.

I'm wondering... if you watch true crime or read mysteries, does it affect how you think about other people?


GIVEAWAY alert!

Comment here to enter to win a signed copy of The Grim Steeper, a bookmark, a book tote, and a packet of Auntie Rose's Tea-rrific Tea Blend! I'm also including a handcrafted one-of-a-kind Delft teapot bookmark!
So...
1 - Comment here.
2 - Canadian and US addresses welcome.
3 - Leave your email address in some format, (yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com) and your first name, please!
4 - Comment by midnight, today, February 21st!

~::~

About The Grim Steeper:
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.

Social Media Links:
Amanda Cooper/Victoria Hamilton Mysteries: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com
Amanda Cooper/Victoria Hamilton Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaHamilton
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MysteryVictoria - or - @MysteryVictoria




119 comments:

  1. Oh I ove tea and add in a book and it is heaven. Thanks for the chance.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love a great cozy mystery and a cup of tea to make it the perfect entertainment. :)
    vgeslak(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love this writer's work (and tea)—thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Grim Steeper!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love, love Victoria Hamilton/Amanda Cooper books! I am a tea drinker and a collector of teapots, so this is the perfect cozy for me. Thanks for the chance. dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)iclous(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you for the chance. I watch The First 48 and Forensic Files a lot. I love true crime shows.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. An excellent point! Have wondered if I should vary my viewing habits. Then again, have never wondered about my reading choices. geringlisa @ gmail .com . Thank you for this chance to win :-) . Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love tea and a good book. pwtish171@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am fan of the Victoria Hamilton / Amanda Cooper books. Always enjoy good mysteries. I like to solve them before the end of a book, the end of a movie or the end of a television show. Never have enjoyed the real life murder mysteries. They make me to sad! Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy all if these goodies. Donna at donnahaddon@cs.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't know if watching true crime shows has caused me to think differently about people but I worked with the public for almost 25 years and I did become a little more skeptical.
    Thanks for this great giveaway!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  10. I am fan of the Victoria Hamilton / Amanda Cooper books. Always enjoy good mysteries. I like to solve them before the end of a book, the end of a movie or the end of a television show. Never have enjoyed the real life murder mysteries. They make me to sad! Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy all if these goodies. Donna at donnahaddon@cs.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love this thank you brwallowqueen@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a delightful combination! Would love to read the book. Mark mu page with a delft bookmarker and a bag to carry them around in.
    Thank you for a wonderful chance at a great gift set.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love cozy mysteries! That's a great point that I never thought of. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! �� areewekidding@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I enjoy cozy mysteries very much! I try to think less about the murder and more about trying to solve the crime with all the clues that are given. This sounds like a story I would enjoy! Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  15. I watch some true crime shows but I hate the way some of them treat the families - makes me cringe! This book is on my wish list. What a lovely giveaway.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Cozy to me is a good book, comfy chair, hot chocolate or tea! Heaven on Earth

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love cozy mysteries! I just started drinking hot tea last year, but I am always trying new and different kinds! Thanks! c_mitchell1998(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love cozies and this book is on my list of books to get. Tea lover here with a good book in hand, don't watch tv much.

    a.connolley@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love your books and love cozy mysteries. Cozies are my cup of tea! Thanks, Tammy tammyfitts@cableone.net

    ReplyDelete
  20. It is so true that you start wondering about people after watching or reading too many true crime stories! Ah, but a soothing cup of tea can mellow you! And a fun book certainly takes your thoughts happily away!

    ReplyDelete
  21. True crime shows definitely make you wonder about people. Thanks for the giveaway!
    frybbe@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great post. I also watch true crime shows. The one thing they make me think about...what's going on behind the closed doors I drive past all the time. We had a big news story several years where the mother of two sisters died. They didn't want to lose her SS check so they hid her body in a huge storage tub and kept collecting her checks. I drove past that complex all the time on the way to my sister's house less than 3 minutes away. >shiver<

    ReplyDelete
  23. Nothing like a little tea & a good mystery, which is what you write. Thanks for this amazing giveaway I do appreciate it. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Watching murder shows does make me believe that a lot of unsavory things are possible! lkleback@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. I'd love to win this book and sip some tea while I relax and read! rebarger (at) bellsouth (dot) net

    ReplyDelete
  26. I read mysteries not much of a TV watcher. Joannlowehunter@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved the first two book!
    Dtk070305@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. I love the title and cover of this book. I will be adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway, Marlene marlene.ezell@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Looking forward to the latest book in the series😊.
    Heather
    gingermom25@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Looking forward to the latest book in the series😊.
    Heather
    gingermom25@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. I enjoy mysteries, especially cozy mysteries, but for some reason I've never liked true crime---maybe it's just too real. Thanks for the giveaway.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love cozy mysteries. I am still kind of new the these books but loving all I have read so far. Cookielady881 @yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  33. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  34. There's nothing I like better than to curl up with a good book and a mug of tea! Stacy
    tattooedmommy06 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  35. I agree that watching these shows makes you start to wonder, but they are also interesting and slightly addicting to watch. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to win! -Bree Herron
    breannaherron@icloud.com.

    ReplyDelete
  36. While I do like true crime I have not watched any of the shows in a long time. And of course I love Cozies.
    nlb1050 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  37. The thought of sitting with a hot cup of tea and your cozy mystery makes me all warm inside regardless of the weather outside. Thank you
    for the chance to win. foxysugarpita1@msn.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. I truly try to think the best of people, I really do. I don't watch too any true crime on tv, frankly it's a little too disturbing sometimes to see such darkness in people. Cozy mysteries, however, are a completely different story and exactly my cup of tea (pun intended!!!)! Happy Sunday! Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. Watching true crime shows and reading mysteries makes me realize that how you view people when you see them in a social or work setting isn't always how their lives are behind closed doors. It amazes me how creative and innovative people can be. dbahn@iw.net

    ReplyDelete
  40. I don't know that true crime shows necessarily change how I think about people, but they do make me believe that one person can never really know the depths of another person's mind, understand what another person is capable of, and never know what goes on behind closed doors. On a lighter note, I love, love, love this series, and thank you, Sophie, for the chance to win this great package! 529JVB@GMAIL.COM

    ReplyDelete
  41. Mysteries are always intriguing, although I rarely watch true crime since they are much too hard to take. Love cozies. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway since I am a tea drinker and only enjoy tea. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  42. I would love to try this series.
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

    Thanks for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  43. This series sounds captivating. Tea is my favorite drink all year and hot tea is soothing and lovely. True crime is not my cup of tea but mysteries are. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  44. I love true crime shows and books. carlottakitchen@yahoo.com Carlotta

    ReplyDelete
  45. Love this! Thank you! Jlmclellan@golden.net

    ReplyDelete
  46. I am a cozy book lover and as a teapot and tea cup collector I was thrilled to discover your books. I am looking forward to this new one! I always carry a tote bag and I'd love to carry this one! Cindy at csclark75@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  47. I am a retired surgical nurse. I would come home at midnight and watch those crime and forensic shows till 2 in the morning. I was addicted. Then every time there was a noise I was scared to death. Or every time someone walked by the house I wondered if they were a serial killer. Imaginations are awesome things. Oh yes,tea and scones fix nearly everything.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I watch some crime shows - some real, some not. I think they make you be more aware of what's going on. May make you less trusting of people and situations, which isn't a bad thing.
    jawdance@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  49. I am interested in true crime a little bit. All fictional crime has its roots in some type of reality that inspired the author to create the story that they did. I love a theme, like tea and teapots, it adds a little something extra that makes a series extra appealing to me. Thanks for the chance to win. Emily egoehner@roadrunner.com

    ReplyDelete
  50. Just finished "A Familiar Tail" by Delia James, so I'm in need of another good cozy :) If you like chocolate (and who doesn't) my favorite tea is Mint-Chocolate Truffle Tea from MightyTea.
    kimheniadis (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  51. I love many mystery shows and enjoy figuring them out. I'm not always right but it is fun.mbquilts4@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  52. Tea is my go to drink more than coffee....Can't wait to read the book..vickiela3@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  53. I watch some true crime shows, but I don't think it effects how I view people. I love a good cozy mystery! This time of year cuddling up with a book and a cup of peppermint tea is a great way to spend an afternoon. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway offer. rebecca(at)losey-farms(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  54. I don't watch a lot of true crime stories they make me so sad that people are so demented and then I have weird dreams so I stick with cozy crimes mama2bulls@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  55. I love true crime but hope it doesn't really affect how I view people. Sometimes I think, though, that I go on "high alert" in a situation and then realize I've watched too much TV again. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  56. I love reading cozy mysteries and I watch all the true crime shows mentioned. I do think it makes me a little more aware of my surroundings when I am out.
    Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  57. I love watching those shows too. Until it's too close to home. Can't wait to read your book either. Thanks fire the chance to win. I'm off to search for mismatched tea sets today. Hoping to find some treasures.
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  58. That would be awesome to win that book. My favorite thing is reading and buying books. That book sounds like it would be super to read. I just love mysterys they take me away from all my troubles.

    ReplyDelete
  59. That would be awesome to win that book. My favorite thing is reading and buying books. That book sounds like it would be super to read. I just love mysterys they take me away from all my troubles.

    ReplyDelete
  60. I would rather read about tea than drink it. I do have a small collection of teapots. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  61. I love tea and mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Anita13dwayne5@hotmail.com. the tote looks awesome

    ReplyDelete
  62. I love tea and mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Anita13dwayne5@hotmail.com. the tote looks awesome

    ReplyDelete
  63. I like to watch DATELINE when the guy with the white hair does the story(sorry blank on his name at the moment,lol) Love a good mystery and a good cup of tea! Thanks for a chance to win.
    Rosie rags6152@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  64. I also enjoy the true crime shows. My husband doesn't like them, so I only watch them when he is not around. My daughter has the same problem. Why is it that women seem to be drawn to these shows more than men?
    Kathleen Chrisman
    sewwild@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  65. HUGE tea drinker and big cozy reader. linbutler@att.net

    ReplyDelete
  66. Looks like a must read for me :) Cozy up with a good book and a cup of tea ....perfect for this winter day ....
    Andra

    mommy_to_zoe@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  67. I love to read anything by Victoria Hamilton.

    ReplyDelete
  68. sadly to say, I do find that shows such as those mentioned do affect how I see people. Negatively, I am afraid. I stop watching them, and find my cynicism and perception fading from pure black to a soft gray. Much nicer!

    Annie

    mysandycat@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  69. Love the name of the book and thank you for the contest, lilflynracer at msn.com, Amy

    ReplyDelete
  70. Tea and books go together so well, (plus some scones too!) Really enjoy these mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win one! Anne annelovell12@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  71. Just love the name of your book also love the way the mystery sounds! Thanks for letting me throw my hat in! ptclayton2@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  72. Love it
    Diane
    quickchangeus@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  73. Tea, totes, and cozy mysteries... Life is good! Winning this contest would be too because you can never have too many books or totes!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  74. I have renewed my passion with tea, even getting my unique tea pots out of the closet and into the china cabinet. This series is a great accompaniment to a "tea party" book club.
    kat8762@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  75. I love cozy mysteries and some true crime...if you have Netflix you need to watch Making a Murderer! It will suck you in! I would love to win your contest! almajean61@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  76. Just saw an advertisement for this book.Perfect for me. I love books and tea. I collect teapots. Surely do hope I win. marthajane1@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  77. This sounds like a good read.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  78. I love Cozy mysteries ! I also love tea , throw in a tote you've got me hooked for sure. Thank you so much for the chance to win. joytheforgottenone@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  79. I love Cozy mysteries ! I also love tea , throw in a tote you've got me hooked for sure. Thank you so much for the chance to win. joytheforgottenone@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  80. What a great giveaway; thank you!! I love mysteries in all forms. I'm always pleased when I "solve the crime" before the end. My preferred emai is: maforbes231@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  81. I read and enjoy mysteries, I think I like to see if I can figure out who ends up being the killer. I also do watch some of the true crime and mysteries shows on TV. Great giveaway, would really enjoy reading the book with a good cup of tea.
    diannekc8 (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  82. Tea lover here, who thinks this is a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance.
    Dianne
    jademoss17@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  83. I love the Teapot Collector series and watching true crime shows (I don't watch any about serial killers, though). Thanks for the opportunity to win! cking78503@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  84. Very nice gift package. I love Delft (actually have a small collection including hand painted tiles>). I don't watch much true crime as our local news is primarily crime!! I do exercise extreme caution when driving/riding through high crime areas. servedogmom@yahoo.com.

    ReplyDelete
  85. I am a fan. There's nothing better than a good cozy mystery and a hot cup of tea. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  86. My favorite quiet moments and when no one is home. I light candles and cuddle on the couch with my cats. I have a good book and its pure bliss

    ReplyDelete
  87. I love, love my tea & would love to win this. I'm only missing this book in the series. -Pamela
    bpwoodfield@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  88. My husband and I love to watch true crime tv shows , and I love to read your books :) Thanks for such a great giveaway ! kathambre@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  89. Wow, what a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I read lots of cozy mysteries and do not watch true crime tv shows.

    ReplyDelete
  90. I have always loved mysteries and true crime, no matter if it was on TV, a book or a magazine, I have loved them all. Thank you for the opportunity to win a such a great gift package. Tonya. bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  91. I love mysteries and would love to win. Thank you for having the giveaway! Paula. Pkhambrick@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  92. What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for this chance to win! So love books!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway.
    Jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  94. I would have to say I love to read mysteries and I love to watch true crime shows. I don't really think differently about people but sometimes I do wonder why anyone would do things like that. Brittany utaker555@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  95. I don't like to watch the true crime murder shows. I like Murder, She Wrote and Blue Bloods and Major Crimes, things like that.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

    ReplyDelete
  96. yes, i watch & read!! Sheryl .. nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  97. I like watching the true crime shows also. I do start looking at other people differently after a while. TerellTheWriter@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  98. i used to watch them all the time. now it seems i am watching more shows that are of a lighter theme. the news is what makes me think differently about people unfortunately. kayt18(@)comcast(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  99. A great giveaway. elainehroberson@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  100. I do watch a lot of tv. Sometimes it does affect how I think. Looks like a good book.
    Thereadmaster@me.com
    Virginia

    ReplyDelete
  101. As much as I watch murder shows on TV and read murder mysteries, I still believe in the innate goodness and honesty in people. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  102. I stopped watching True Crime last year when it started giving me nightmares. I read suspense . mystery but love my cozies. This is a very nice giveaway. RUTH NIXON ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  103. It's 8:43 PST...hope I'm not too late to enter. I'm a big Victoria Hamilton/Amanda Cooper fan & would love to win this installment of her series. Thanks for the chance!
    Sandy T.
    sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  104. Oh what it would be to win!!
    positivewoman2013@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  105. Thanks for the chance to win. I love this series. doward1952@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  106. Tea, cats and books...there are no better combos!

    becky@craigmay.com

    ReplyDelete
  107. wow, what a neat giveaway! I love tea and this book looks so good. I watch true crime all the time "Homicide Hunter "is a favorite. Yes, it does affect me, I think I am a little more skeptical of people sometimes. Watching more closely where I go and being more cautious. Oh I collect tea pots too!
    Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  108. I love all mysteries - not so much the gory ones but cozies are perfect ways to "escape" into another world.
    I've been reading them since I was nine - the year I broke both my legs and was bedridden for what seemed like forever. I exhausted the "juveniles" and my grandpa, who must have belonged to every book club extant in the 20s, 30s and '40s, gave me some books from his library. Among them were some by Agatha Christie, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Patricia Wentworth and Gladys Mitchell. Nearly 70 years later and I am still reading them and of course the newer authors. I am an avid, rapid reader and can go through a regular sized book in a few hours.

    ReplyDelete
  109. I am guilty of watching murder mysteries on television with Columbo and Muder She Wrote as my favorites. Nothing is better than a nice cup of tea and a cozy to pass the time. It's fascinating to try to figure out who or how the guilty party will be uncovered. Thanks for the review and chance to enter the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  110. This giveaway gives you everything you need. A super storyline, tea and all you need is a cozy comforter.

    cenya2@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  111. I like crime TV. I also drink tea and read. Thank you for the nice giveaway opportunity! caliletihw (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  112. A wonderful combination - everything I enjoy! Thanks.
    catslady5(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  113. I always enjoy reading cozy mysteries. Tea is a soother on a cold day too.
    amhengst AT verizon DOT net
    Ann

    ReplyDelete
  114. I watch a few shows but not a whole lot. I like the NCIS series. Thanks for the opportunity for this cozy.
    Nancy Luebke at jluebke at frontier dot com

    ReplyDelete
  115. Great giveaway. Love tea, love mysteries. :) I watch Murder She Wrote late at night, but it's not graphic and only the bad guy is really nasty. ;) jademoss17@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete