The Way of the Wicked

The Way of the Wicked

by Ellery Adams

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The Way of the Wicked by Ellery Adams

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!

A Note from the Author:

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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150686953
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Series: Hope Street Church Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 81,748
File size: 416 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 Way of the Wicked 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
The Way of the Wicked is the second book in the Hope Street Church Mystery series by Ellery Adams. This is a revised version of the book Path of the Wicked written under the name Jennifer Stanley in 2010. The Hope Street Church Mysteries follows the life of Cooper Lee and the members of her Bible study group as they work in the community and stumble upon murders that they help to solve. The group is volunteering at Door 2 Door, a charity that provides food and minor assistance for senior citizens. When Cooper overhears a couple of conversations, she realizes that someone from the organization is stealing from the clients. When a few of them are also discovered dead sitting up in their chairs, they are concerned that one of their volunteers is responsible for not only stealing from their clients but drugging and killing them as well. Determined to solve the murders and help keep Door 2 Door open and helping seniors in need, Cooper and her friends try to figure out which of the volunteers is the guilty party. I enjoyed the mystery and the romance of Cooper and Nathan. It is a steady moving story but not as quick as other cozies I have read. The characters are delightful. They all seem genuine in their caring attitudes, have problems anyone can have and are smart, loyal and hard working. I was not impressed with the new employee at the machine company. Emilio is the classic male chauvinist looking for a woman who will take care of him. I did not figure out who the murderer was which always makes a good read for me. This is a Christian Cozy Mystery with biblical references, lessons and with much of the activity taking place in a church or bible study setting. If you enjoy a good clean story with a mystery and a little romance, then you will enjoy this book very much.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in this Christian cozy series was much better than the first. The storyline was quite interesting and timely. Elder abuse is something that is a terrible thing that some people choose to do. In this story, the Hope Street regulars work with the police to find the culprit and allow good work to continue. Cooper, her family, and her church family continue to appeal to me!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Way Of The Wicked - Hope Street Church Mystery #2 Author: Ellery Adams Published: 9-30-2014 Publisher: Beyond The Page Publishing Pages: 477 Genre: Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre:, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths, Christian, Romance ISBN: 9780940846323 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley: . Cooper Lee, and the Sunshine gang are back. When Trish's company sponsors a route for the Door2Door charity. She asks the members of the Sunshine Bible Study Class if they would like to volunteer as well and help prepare and deliver the meals to those on her route. They quickly accept and attend the orientation meeting where Cooper hear the coordinator and another women discuss a rash of thefts taking place in the homes of those using the charity's services. Deciding not to tell the other Sunshine group members yet. Watching the older volunteers herself, Cooper realizes Leo is an outstanding suspect. The relationship between Cooper and Nathan continues to develop at a stop and go pace. Cooper's Boss's cousin, his newest hire is causing problems with Cooper and Nathan as well as making Cooper uncomfortable at work. Nathan is questioning whether his new client is a blessing or a curse. Then a client of Door2Door is found dead in her home and the volunteers are the prime suspects. The Sunshine group once again come together to prove the charity's innocence and find the real killer. Ellery Adams delivers another winner with The Way of the Wicked. This is a clean, Christian cozy Mystery. If you are looking for James Patterson's Alex Cross' hard broiled crime drama this is not for you. On the other hand if you like lighter mysteries with gentler characters The Hope Street Church Mysteries are definitely right up your alley. The characters are very well developed and the plot is such that it pulls you in as you follow Cooper and her friends as they investigate leads and look for clues. They are a Bible Study group turned amateur sleuths. This is a Christian series without pushing religion at you. The characters are show their beliefs in their actions. Stop on by and visit with the Sunshine group you will not want to leave. The Graves of the Guilty is next on my list and I look forward to enjoying book three of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The large black tom slipped in, his steel gray eyes looking around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The snow colored female sat, observing her surrondings with calm blue-green eyes. Her deaf ear twitched, listening for any signs of danger.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book and Series! The Way of the Wicked is the second book in the A Hope Street Church Mystery series. But they can be read as a standalone, but once you read this book you will want to go back and read the first one. Cooper and her friends are in the Hope Street Bible study group. They have volunteered to deliver food to people in their community. When one of the people they deliver food to is killed they start investigating the murder. The book held my attention from the first page. I loved all of the characters in the book and was a great mystery. I can’t wait to read the next book 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 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.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
A fun quick read with a good message, gentle humor, likable characters, and an engaging mystery. I also like that it's set in my home state of Virginia. I really like this series.