The Path of the Crooked

The Path of the Crooked

by Ellery Adams

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BN ID: 2940150686908
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Series: Hope Street Church Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 64,361
File size: 430 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.

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The Path of the Crooked 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of all 3 of Ellery Adams' paperback series and I new she had written several other earlier series. Since I had to get ebook versions, I knew I would get around to them. The Hope Street series is a definite surprise, because it is a Christian cozy mystery. I wish they were being published again in their mass market paperback version, because I know many people who would love to read a Christian-based mystery. Cooper's unique job, her family, and her new church group made this an pleasant read. By the end, I realized I was going to follow the Hope Street group into their next adventure!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Path Of the Crooked - Hope Street Church Mystery #1 Author: Ellery Adams Published: 9-30-2014 Publisher: Beyond The Page Publishing Pages: 473 Genre: Romance Sub Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense, Cozy, Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 9780940846316 ASIN: B00O1A1CH19 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Cooper Lee, an office repair person for Make It Work, is a bit of an introvert use to fading into the background. When she sent out to retrieve a wedding ring from the copier machine at Capital City Credit Card Fraud Protection Department. She meets Mrs. Brooke Hughes, the head of the department is frantic. It is her wedding anniversary & her husband has secretly planned a most romantic night to celebrate. Cooper listens as Brooke talks about Wesley, Brooke's loving husband. Cooper is shocked to hear herself blurt out how her ex-boyfriend came home one evening & announced he had fallen in love with someone else & was moving out. Brooke sympathizes & invites Cooper to visit Hope Street Church for services. Although non-committal. Cooper can see that Brook is worried about a case she is working on. She needs her copier to make duplicates of the evidence to hide as she is afraid it might come up missing. After fixing the machine collects the ruined papers that were jammed the papers & seeing nowhere to dispose of it places it in her toolbox, waves to Brooke & leaves. Cooper decides to attend the services. While looking for the sanctuary she finds herself in the Sunrise Bible Study class instead. She meets an eclectic group of church members, Nathan Dexter - a web designer, Savannah Knapp - a blind artist, Jake - a master plumber & little league coach, Trish Tyler - a Realtor, Bryant - local channel 6 weatherman & Quinton a banker & amateur baker. She is shocked when Quinton arrives late & tells everyone that Brooke was killed & her husband has been arrested. The Sunshine group do not believe that Wesley could have in any way harmed Brooke & vow to help prove it to the police with prayer & any other means at their disposal the search for the real killer. Hope Street Church sounds like a very large church although its members are warm, friendly & welcoming to newcomers. Ms. Adams has developed some strong characters & is not afraid to show them, faults & all. These are some people you would be proud to call friends, which they will soon become when you return time & again to Hope Street Church to visit with these amazing people of faith. There are characters you will like, a few you will be leery of & a few will out & out dislike. I found Cooper's parents reminiscent of my own, a hardworking down to earth couple that hold family as precious & dear. They show their faith by example of their lives. I came to understand that Ashley truly loves her family, but is too concerned about her social standing. She acts as though she is embarrassed by her roots and wants to change them to fit into her life now that her financial standing has risen. This is a Christian cozy book, but it does not preach at you. As a starter novel for a new series The Path of the Crooked delivers in spades. You get an in depth look into the background of the characters & how they mesh together to form a group you would want to be a part of. I look forward to reading any all books Ms. Ellery writes in the future for this series. I would like to read some of her other series & see if they are as good as this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
Filled with a little romance, an interesting plot and characters. This is an engaging mystery series. Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great New Series! The Path of the Crooked is the first book in A Hope Street Church series.  I love Ellery Adams’s books, and this one is no exception. Cooper Lee is at a crossroads, her boyfriend has left her, she lives above her parent’s garage, and she is unhappy with her job. She joins in the bible study group at church and the last thing she expects is helping solve a murder. The lady who invited Cooper to join the group is found murdered; now the members of the group set out to find who the killer is. This book is a wonderful mystery and had me guessing until the end. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This book is a reprint that was called Stirring Up Strife by Jennifer Stanley. She has rewritten them but the basic plot is the same. I did not read the story the first time around. I enjoyed The Path of the Crooked. I plan to read the next in the series The Way of the Wicked. Cooper Lee gets invited to come to church and ends up in a bible study class. So there is a lot of talk of the bible, prayer. It fits right into the story. So this is full of mystery, romance, likeable characters and drama in a clean read. Cooper is at time of change in her life. Her boyfriend had dumped her, She has moved back home to apartment over her parents garage. No real friends. She is invisible at work most of the time. She gets invited to Church by Brooke Hughes one day while she is fixing her copier. She arrives at wrong time and gets taken to a bible class. Cooper meets a lot of new people in the class and before it ends they find out that Brook was murdered and her husband has been arrested for it. The Bible class does not believe Wesley murdered his wife Brook. They want to help prove he is innocent and find the guilty person. I like the cast of characters in the bible class. They work together to help each other and other members of their church and neighborhood when they see a need. Cooper soon is involved in helping others and makes more friends along the way. There are a lot of food talked about in this book and at the end of the book is recipes for some of the food. It does make you hungry for fresh homemade cookies. I was given this ebook from Net Galley Beyond the Page Publishing so I could give a honest review of The Path of the Crooked.