Monday, November 3, 2014

The Way of the Wicked by Ellery Adams (A Hope Street Church Mystery #2)

The second book 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 and her friends in the Hope Street Bible study group have just volunteered for a local charity, delivering much-needed food and cheer to shut-ins in their community. It seems like the perfect way for the group to do good, and to Cooper it offers the welcome opportunity to get out of the house and spend more time with her new boyfriend, Nathan. But when one of the charity’s recipients is murdered, the police have no choice but to single out the church group and their fellow volunteers as the prime suspects.

Determined to make sure no evil deed goes unpunished, Cooper and her friends decide to discreetly interrogate each volunteer in their search for the killer, even if it means putting themselves at risk in the process. And as serving the needy becomes more treacherous than any of them could have imagined, they just might discover that the road to murder is paved with good intentions.

Includes heavenly recipes from Magnolia Lee’s kitchen!
File Size: 619 KB
Print Length: 247 pages
Publisher: Beyond the Page (September 28, 2014)

Dear Reader,

The Hope Street mysteries were originally published by St. Martin’s Press and written under the name Jennifer Stanley. The titles, in order, were Stirring Up Strife, Path of the Wicked, and The Way of the Guilty.

I have completely rewritten all three novels and am now publishing them under the name Ellery Adams as The Path of the Crooked, The Way of the Wicked, and The Graves of the Guilty.

If you’ve read the original books, you will find the basic plot of the above titles unchanged. My intention was to polish the writing in each installment and rerelease the novels as crisper, cleaner, more engaging books. Stay tuned for forthcoming novels in the Hope Street mystery series as well.

Thank you for supporting cozy mysteries.

Your friend,

Ellery Adams

About the Author:

New York Times Bestselling author Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including that of caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

my review: The Way of the Wicked by Ellery Adams (A Hope Street Church Mystery #2)


This is a reprint that book was by Jennifer Stanley. They have been rewritten or polished up and now under the name Ellery Adams.
This is the second book of the series that I have read today and looking forward to reading two more this week.

This is a cozy that is set in around Hope Street Church bible study class. So their is lots of talk of scriptures, prayer and a clean read. I have enjoyed reading this series. I did not read the books first time around so can't say if they have changed a lot.

Cooper is the central figure of the book. She has joined the Hope Street Church bible class by accident. She is single had a few dates with Nathan who is in the bible class. She fixes copiers for work, gardens and lives over her parents garage.

The bible class has been asked to help volunteer for two months at a charity that takes meals to shut ins. While at training Cooper finds out somebody has been stealing from some of the old folks. Two of them were found dead.

The bible class wants to find the guilty before anyone else dies. They don't want to see the charity stop doing good.

This story hit close to home to me in a couple of ways. First off no one is trying to kill me. I get out at least once every other week or so. When they were talking about the people being poor and houses were run down and messy.
I was surprised to realize they could be talking about me. I was stunned. I know I am poor but also very blessed. It opened my eyes. okay house is over 100 years old and needs some work. I am on disability. Thought of but havn't acted on finding out about meal programs yet.
income level was what hit it for me. But at least house is paid for. Girls both call regular and email. Both in college and one stuck without car and no public transportation to here. No one is trying to rob me either.

It is sad to hear about some robbing those who might have only one special thing and killing the innocent because they can.
Their are lots of suspects and they all seem nice and helpful to give their time and help to those who need it more. Lots of drama, likeable characters, situations I could relate too. It kept me guessing who the guilty party was.

I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give honest review of The Way of the Wicked.

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