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The Path of the Crooked

(2014)
(The first book in the Hope Street Church Mystery series)
A novel by

 
 
The first 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 was at a crossroads. Her boyfriend of five years had just left her for another woman, she was living in an apartment above her parents' garage, and her job as a copier repairperson was 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.

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


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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Audio Editions

February 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: The Path of the Crooked
Author(s): Ellery Adams
ISBN: 1-5159-0250-1 / 978-1-5159-0250-8
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: The Path of the Crooked
Author(s): Ellery Adams
ISBN: 1-5159-5250-9 / 978-1-5159-5250-3
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Path of the Crooked: Hope Street Church Mysteries Series #1
Author(s): Ellery Adams
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Path of the Crooked: Hope Street Church Mysteries Series #1
Author(s): Ellery Adams
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA, , Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Path of the Crooked (Hope Street Church Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Ellery Adams
Publisher: Beyond the Page
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