The Path Of The Crooked by Ellery Adams is the first book in the Hope Street Church Mysteries series and I enjoyed it. I did not feel like it was too preachy but it gave some good reminders of how we should live our lives. And we could all use some reminders from time to time.
Cooper Lee is struggling to get over the breakup with her long term boyfriend. She wants him back and does not know how to enjoy her life without him. Her family encourages her to forget about him and find new interests and activities. She decides to quit smoking and join a Bible study group at a new church to make new friends. The first meeting she attends is not what she expected. A member of the group has been murdered and the husband has been arrested. With the help of her new friends she decides to try to solve the murder because she believes the police are wrong about the husband being guilty.
I enjoyed reading about the relationships in Cooper’s life. Her sister, Ashley, means well but she is constantly offering advice to Cooper about clothes, makeup and men. Cooper is not really interested in listening to her. Her Grammy is a quirky character and is very willing to offer her advice freely to Cooper. Her coworkers are close and are willing to help each other out as needed. Then there are the people in the Bible study group. They accept Cooper into the group and she soon considers them her friends. Especially Nathan, who could become more than a friend if Cooper could forget her feelings for her ex.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The characters are well developed and well rounded and, in my opinion, made the book so good. The interactions between the characters seemed realistic and held my interest. The mystery ia carried on throughout the book and I was not able to figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.
This is the first book that I have read by Ellery Adams and I already have the next two books in the series to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a clean cozy mystery.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Beyond The Page Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.