Cooper Lee is at a crossroads. Her boyfriend of five years just left her for another woman, she's living in an apartment above her parents' garage, and her job as a copier repairperson is 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.
©2014 Jennifer Stanley (P)2016 Tantor
I really enjoy this series. I first read the Hope Street Church books in Kindle version (published under the name Jennifer Stanley). I like the stories because they have a spiritual feel, but are not preachy. These are people who want to do good, but are also very human. I'm so glad this series is being released in audio. This book introduces you to the main characters, who are likable and that I can relate to. I listen to a lot of audio books, and the narrator for this one did a very good job. I highly recommend this book and the others in the series.
I am a HUGE fan of the Books by the Bay series, so I was unsure how I would feel about a different series by the same author. I was so pleased! I loved the characters and the beginning of the evolution of Cooper towards the end of the book. My only complaint is that so far only books 1 and 2 of the series are available!!
I like a cozy mystery that entertains me without scaring me. This one fits the bill. The characters are enjoyable - the story was interesting and I find myself wanting to read the next one in the series. Excellent narration.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
Yes! I am a huge fan of Ellery Adam's "Books By The Bay" mysteries and also her Library mystery series. So naturally, I was thrilled to check out another series that she wrote. It did not disappoint, and I would definitely recommend it someone who loves cozy mysteries!
The plot kept me interested the whole time, yes. You are introduced to a group of friends and they solve the crime together, and I really like that. It's reminiscent of the 'Books By The Bay" series by Ellery Adams too. This small church group has an interesting variety of characters and they rally together to get intel and solve a mystery. I like this better sometimes than just 1 main character doing all the crime solving alone. Having a cast is extremely enjoyable.
I enjoyed that she gave distinct voices to all the characters. It can be hard with having so many men and women to differentiate, but I think she did a good job of that.
I don't know that any moments moved me emotionally, but I did enjoy the moment when Cooper spoke about her accident and how it changed her perspective on life. That felt like a very real moment.
Fun fact, this book was first published under a different name by a different author name as well (Jennifer Stanley), and is now being republished and renamed under the Ellery Adams moniker. Some people might be confused that this plot is so similar to another book published by Jennifer Stanley. It's the same exact author, but different pseudonyms. Recently these were republished under the name Ellery Adams so they would all be under one umbrella.
This is a great series. The characters and plot are well developed and interesting. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Follow different genres in my selection of books. Like mysteries of all kinds. Absolutely love audio books.
I liked that this book had references to the Bilble. It is hard to find good clean books and / or mysteries to read. I recommend this book.
Ellery Adams is a very good writer.
Cris Dukeheart was easy to follow along with.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
I could have give this book three and one half stars to be fair, as life is so unfair. I bet this series is really good but it was just too preachy too me. Perhaps if I give it another try, it will be different and I will let you know but for now, it just isn't for me!
Was I missing something? I really hoped this book would be fun and interesting but it was quite boring. The "mystery" the characters were solving was not intriguing enough to finish the book. All the male voices sounded the exact same which made it difficult to follow.
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