Cooper Lee and her friends in the Hope Street Bible Study Group are enjoying a glorious summer day in the park, complete with a 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 fiancé 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.
©2016 Jennifer Stanley and Elizabeth Lockard (P)2016 Tantor
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"What a lovely series"
It was a beautiful series that conveyed real emotions we face as born again believers - although the murder is not always common! The narrator was lovely and brought the characters alive, thank you and God bless you with more stories and give you His Joy and Peace!
This is one of the best mystery series created. I love the way the story combines religion, human relationships and murder. This is really a good series. I wish I could find a bible study group like this.
"A great new 5th book!"
The first 4 books were written many years ago & just recently republished. This 5th book is new as of 2016. I liked how they brought in modern elements like a fit bit to help "solve" some aspects of the crime. That hint of modern technology really brought it up to this day and age. I enjoyed how this book included a lot of other characters, and especially that Grammy had more book time. She is my favorite, she is so sassy and wise!
Cooper however, is getting a bit annoying as a main character. She complains about absolutely everything imaginable. When faced with a choice to move with Nathan for a job it becomes a long drug out story through the whole book. In the real world plenty of 30-somethings live away from their parents, and it's not a big deal. But oh man, its a point of contention from the first few chapters until the end, and Cooper often acts like shes a teenager instead of an adult. I could do without some of the useless melodrama, but luckily the supporting cast is so enjoyable that it was okay.
I am looking forward to seeing what happens in book 6!
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