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
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
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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
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.
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. 🙂
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.