Fate of the Fallen

Fate of the Fallen

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A brand-new book in the terrific Hope Street Church mystery series, by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams and Elizabeth Lockard.

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 are enjoying a glorious summer day in the park, complete with picnic, hiking, swimming, and a local bluegrass band. But Cooper knows that no good day goes unpunished, and when a man turns up dead in the nearby woods--and the sister of Cooper's fiancé is named as the prime suspect--the group may have to trade in their prayers of thanks for pleas of divine intervention.

Cooper knows her future sister-in-law is innocent, so when the police arrest her for the murder, the Bible study group must step in to catch the real killer and prevent a grave injustice. Following a twisted trail of clues that leads to a hit-and-run driver, a homeless veteran, and a park full of suspects who may hold more secrets than solutions, Cooper must hold firm to her spiritual convictions before an innocent woman faces a conviction of a more earthly nature.

Includes heavenly recipes from Magnolia Lee's kitchen!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157939588
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 01/29/2016
Series: Hope Street Church Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 141,708
File size: 511 KB

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.

Elizabeth Lockard has been writing fiction since childhood, and following a writing and editing career in the communications field, she turned her full attention to her oldest love and decided to make a career of it. Her favorite authors are Elizabeth Peters and Krista Davis, but she enjoys most books with mystery and/or thriller elements. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, son, and two dogs.

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Fate of the Fallen 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I have read the four previous books in this series, and was looking forward to visiting with the Hope Street Bible Study group one more time. All of the usual characters are back again with some new characters involved in the mystery. Cooper and Nathan are planning their wedding Grammy is sneaking out once a week with a gentleman and Magnolia is still making delicious cookies, scones etc for sale and to share with friends and family. Once again, the group stumbles on a murder, this time Nathan's sister's boss who she dated at one time. She is also the one who found the body, so of course is the prime suspect and actually gets arrested for the murder. As the group investigates they are also helping out a homeless man who was run down in the parking lot at the park where the murder occurred. I figured out that these two crimes were tied together, but it did not help me figure out who the culprit was. The story moved along quickly and the plot was easy to follow. My complaint is that there is no real hook in the series. The characters are not really changing or growing and I feel like the series is becoming a bit stale. I read several of Ellery Adams other series and there is more entertainment in them than this one. With all that being said, I still recommend this book to fans of Christian Cozies. It was still a decent story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ellery Adams is my favorite author. All her series are well written and a joy to read. The characters and settings are all believable and entertaining. I hope she has a long, successful career.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Fate of the Fallen by Ellery Adams and Elizabeth Lockard is the fifth book in A Hope Street Church Mystery series. The Sunrise Bible Study Group is spending the day at a blue grass festival. There are many activities for them to enjoy (booths, food trucks, music) as well as hiking and swimming. They are enjoying a hike when the group encounters Nathan’s sister, Christine. Christine is on a mini-work retreat with her boss, Sinclair Gordon and fellow Sphinx Digital Systems and Solutions employees. Later in the afternoon, Cooper Lee and Nathan are enjoying some quiet time together when Christine comes stumbling out of the woods—with blood on her hands. Christine and her group were looking for their missing boss, Sinclair. He had failed to show up for dinner. Christine stumbled upon him in the woods off a hiking trail. Inspector McNamara is assigned the case. Christine quickly rises to the top of the suspect list. Cooper cannot let her future sister-in-law be accused of the crime. Cooper, with the help of the Sunrise Bible Study Group (Savannah, Trish, Bryant, Quinton, Jake, and Nathan), sets out to find the real culprit. Nathan also has some very important news to share with Cooper. But, every time Nathan tries to talk with Cooper, they get interrupted. How will Nathan’s news affect Cooper and Nathan’s future? Fate of the Fallen is easy to read and nicely written. The book did not have the same touch as Ellery Adams other novels (like her A Book Retreat Mystery series and The Charmed Pie Shoppe series, for example). I found the pace to be very slow in the beginning (and periodically throughout the novel). I give Fate of the Fallen 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery in Fate of the Fallen was easily solved. I could tell who was going to be murdered, who would get blamed, and the actual killer before the crime was committed (very disappointing). The actual crime did not take place until I was 15% of the way into the book. Fate of the Fallen was not as enjoyable as the previous novels in A Hope Street Church Mystery series. I just felt the book was lacking which is very atypical of Ellery Adams’ novels.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Fate of the Fallen - Hope Street Church Mystery Book 5 Author: Eller Adams Published: 1-29-16 Publisher: Beyond The Page Publishing Pages: 297 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy, Women's Fiction, Christian Fiction ISBN: 9781904846750 ASIN: B01B85QQNA Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . The Sunshine Bible Study Class decide to get together for a day and relaxation at the local Jazz Festival. Nathan calls to tell Cooper that he has some great news to tell her, but wants to see her face when he tells her. Angela and Mr. Farmer take off on a two week business trip and leave Cooper in charge. Work for both Cooper and Nathan keep them apart until the festival and just when they get a moment they are interrupted when Nathan's sister comes crashing through the brush. She is frantic, crying and nearly incoherent and there is blood on her hands. To top the excursion off Christina's truck is broken into and her father's new camera is stolen. Then in the shadows the find a homeless man crumpled in the parking lot. A victim of a hit and run. They follow her back to the body of her boss, Sinclair. It looks like suicide, but Detective McNamara believes it was murder and zeroes in on Christine as the murderer. The Sunshine group do not stand idly by. The band together and begin looking for clues. There has to be a way to prove Christina innocent. As always Ellery Adams delivers an ever evolving mystery that keeps you on your toes. Just about the time you think you have it figured out Ms. Adams throws a spanner in the works and are back to square one. Each of these books could be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order so that you can see the characters develop and grow. The one I feel has grown the most is Ashley. I was undecided as to whether I liked her in book one, but I am pleased to see how she has matured and grown in her faith and life. This is a series with characters that will quickly become old friends that you will want to visit with again and again.