I'm not even asking myself why at this point.
Over the past week, I've been reading the Hope Street Church mysteries by Ellery Adams. In the first book, The Path of the Crooked, Cooper Lee is invited to the church by one of her clients, Brooke Hughes. When she arrives that Sunday morning, she learns that Brooke has been murdered and Brooke's husband has been arrested for the crime. Unable to believe that the man Brooke described in such glowing terms when they met could have committed the crime, Cooper joins the bible study group and the murder investigation.
When I started reading, I wasn't quite sure what I was in for. There are a couple of passages in the first book that scream "Christian Fiction!" as Cooper finds out what it's like to shop for a Bible and why the church uses Power Point. Other than that, these are really well-written books with fully developed characters who happen to attend a weekly bible study. The reader learns a bit about the Bible and, in the scenes where Cooper is working, about repairing office machines.
The Way of the Wicked, the second book in the series, the bible study group volunteers for Door-2-Door, a group that delivers meals to shut-ins. When two clients are found dead, Cooper and her friends investigate. Again, it's a satisfying mystery with some interesting twists and turns.
I read the first two books back-to-back and plan on starting the third as soon as I finish with some library books that are going to be due soon.
These are updated versions of books that were originally published under slightly different titles by St. Martin's Press. The author makes that clear in all of the marketing materials and in the introductions to each book.
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