Saturday, February 13, 2016

5-Star Review of "Fate of the Fallen"

Review of Fate of the Fallen 

(Hope Street Church Mystery book #5)

by Ellery Adams and Elizabeth Lockard


A brand-new book in the terrific Hope Street Church mystery series, byNew York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams and Elizabeth Lockard. 

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 are enjoying a glorious summer day in the park, complete with picnic, hiking, swimming, and a local bluegrass band. But Cooper knows that no good day goes unpunished, and when a man turns up dead in the nearby woods—and the sister of Cooper’s fiancĂ© is named as the prime suspect—the group may have to trade in their prayers of thanks for pleas of divine intervention. 

Cooper knows her future sister-in-law is innocent, so when the police arrest her for the murder, the Bible study group must step in to catch the real killer and prevent a grave injustice. Following a twisted trail of clues that leads to a hit-and-run driver, a homeless veteran, and a park full of suspects who may hold more secrets than solutions, Cooper must hold firm to her spiritual convictions before an innocent woman faces a conviction of a more earthly nature. 

Includes heavenly recipes from Magnolia Lee’s kitchen! 

MY REVIEW:  What a fun bunch of folks make up the Hope Street Church Bible Study Group.   They definitely make Bible study interesting....never a dull or boring moment with this group.   While at a picnic, Cooper's fiance, Nathan's sister's boss is found dead by his sister, Christine.   The police rule out suicide and arrest Christine for her boss's murder.   Christine and the Bible study group are convinced of her innocence and set out to prove it!   They of course continue to study the Bible and go about their daily lives and jobs while running their investigation.  
         This book held my attention and had me guessing until the very end.  I did not figure this one out before the group had solved the murder.  This is a part of a series, but I had not read the four previous books and the author provided so much background detail that I was still able to follow it and it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.   
         I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers of mystery, suspense and Christian fiction.
         I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

Ellery Adams

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 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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