Audiobook review of The Path of the Crooked

Posted May 26, 2016 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 11 Comments

Audiobook review of The Path of the Crooked

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Path of the Crooked by Ellery Adams
Length: 8 hours
Series: Hope Street Church Mysteries # 1
Published by Beyond the Page, Tantor Audio Pages: 473
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Cris Dukehart
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The first in a terrific series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams.
Welcome to Hope Street Church, where friendships are formed, fresh starts are encouraged, and mysteries are solved.
Cooper Lee was at a crossroads. Her boyfriend of five years had just left her for another woman, she was living in an apartment above her parents’ garage, and her job as a copier repairperson was feeling a little, well, repetitious. Hoping for a fresh start and a new outlook on life, she joins the Bible study group at Hope Street Church. The last thing she expects while studying the Bible is a lesson in murder.
When Brooke Hughes, the woman who first invited Cooper to Hope Street, is found murdered in her home, all signs point to her husband as the culprit. But Wesley Hughes was an elder at Hope Street Church, and the members of the Bible study are filled with disbelief that such a kind and loving man could take a life, much less his wife’s. Unwilling to let an innocent man and friend be railroaded into prison, the Bible group decides to investigate on their own.
As Cooper and this humorously diverse group of people—including a blind folk artist, a meteorologist with a taste for younger women, and a soft-spoken web designer who might be out to catch Cooper’s eye—dig deeper into the clues, they’re about to discover that finding the truth sometimes takes a leap of faith.

Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), The Way of the Wicked , A Killer Keepsake, Written in Stone , Poisoned Prose, Lethal Letters , Writing All Wrongs , Killer Characters , The Battered Body , Black Beans & Vice , Pasta Mortem


What I thought of this book.

Cooper Lee was having some problems. Her boyfriend of five years ditched her for another woman and now she is living in an apartment above her parents. She has a boring job as a copier repairperson and live just isn’t going how she had hoped.

Then Brooke Hughes invited her to attend church at Hope Street. She wasn’t sure about going at first but then she thought why not, it couldn’t hurt. Then Brooke is found murdered and all signs point to her husband. The bible study group at church doesn’t believe he could have done it. So Cooper finds herself in the middle of an investigation with the others at the bible study.

During the investigation she learns to repair her own life and quit thinking about her ex and take a look and the nice looking guy in her bible study group that seems to like her. It has a really good mystery as I wasn’t exactly sure who the badies were in this one, but kind of had an idea.

I really liked Cooper as she is going through a hard time in her life as she thought her and her ex was going to get married one day and then he drops her for another woman. Then she sees him and that woman and they are engaged! Her sister really encourages her to forget about him and put herself back out there and not to be afraid of letting herself like someone else.  Nathan is a sweet geeky computer nerd who is a part of her bible study group and I think they will make a cute  couple though it’s slow going as she is a little unsure about dating.

This book is set around a church and those who attend but I wouldn’t really classify it with Christian fiction. There is minimal churchy talk so don’t let the fact it’s set in that type of setting make you not grab it. It’s a fun cozy mystery and  I can’t wait to get to the next one. 🙂

The Narrator:

I have listened to Cris Dukehart before and enjoyed her narration and she was good with this one as well. Some times her male voices were a little strange but other than that she did a great job.

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11 responses to “Audiobook review of The Path of the Crooked

    • Stormi

      Yeah, I have the next few in the series to listen too and I think it’s going to be a good one. 🙂

  1. Ellery Adams is an author I really need to read more from. I love that this is not just a mystery but someone getting their life on track. I love those kinds of stories! I’ll definitely be looking for this one! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It sounds like a lot of fun.

    • Stormi

      She has a ton of books out it seems cause I am always finding a new series to start….lol. I think I have like four or five of her series going right now…lol.

  2. Is this a new series by Ellery Adams? Not familiar with this one, but I echo Katherine’s comment above- it’s nice to have someone getting their life on track along w/a mystery. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed her writing and may look into this one although I’m still way behind on the Books in the Bay series…

    • Stormi

      It’s kind of new as the first book only came out a few years ago back in 2014. I think she is a machine with all that she writes…lol. I am behind on all her series…oh heck with most my cozy mystery series. 🙂

  3. I really like the sound of this one, Stormi. I like that Cooper is an amateur sleuth (I’m assuming she helps solve the case) but is really just a girl who’s down on her luck, trying to get her life on track. You know I’m not much of a cozy reader but I think I’d enjoy listening to this one. 🙂

  4. It sounds fun how the main character has help from her bible study group to solve the murder. And i like the more personal storylines interwoven in cozies too. I wasn’t sure about this series and whether I wanted to read it, but you make me curious. And I am glad to hear there wasn’t too much church talk.

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