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The Way of the Guilty (Hope Street Church Mysteries #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  257 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Cooper Lee has a new outlook on life, thanks to her friends at Hope Street Church. Spending time with the Sunrise Bible Study Group nourishes her mind and soul. But home is where the heart is—along with Mrs. Lee’s baked treats—and Cooper is indeed happy to have such a great family to come home to when not spending time with Nathan, a friend from the group who just might be ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Minotaur Books
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a reprinted book that was originally published under the name Jennifer Staley, a pen name of Ellery Adams. She polished it up and republished it. I have enjoyed this series and the progression of the characters in the stories.

In this book, Cooper's sister Ashley discovers a dead body in the trunk of the car she borrowed from her husband's dealership. She calls Cooper very upset looking for help. It so happens that Cooper is dealing with a flat tire when she takes the call. Throughout the
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Graves of the Guilty, Ellery Adams' third book in her Hope Street Church Mystery series, Cooper Lee gets a frantic phone call from her sister, who has just discovered the body of a murdered man in the trunk of the car she has borrowed from her husband's car dealership while they service her own car. When the police seem to put on the back burner the investigation of the death of Lincoln's employee, Miguel, whom they have discovered with fake identification, Cooper tells her sister that sh ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Graves of the Guilty by Ellery Adams (Hope Street Church Mystery, #3)

4 stars

This is a reprint, polished up version of Jennifer Stanley book now published under Ellery Adams name. I did not read the old version but I have enjoyed reading this series the last couple of days. It is a cozy mystery that a bible class gets involved trying to figure out the mystery. There is a lot of discussion of the bible, prayer and relating it to there lives. It is just part of the story not preaching. But n
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The following review concerns the narration of the audiobook version.

When were the audiobook narration standards lowered? I remember listening to books in the past, knowing that every word they said was pronounced correctly. There was such comfort in their reliability. This narrator, Cris Dukehart, is of the newer, lazier variety. Here are some of her mispronunciations: cerulean, Henrico, detritus, lacquered, and Parham. All of these could have been easily verified.

Also, her voice is somewhat r
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting mystery in the Hope Street Church series! I liked how this book delved a little deeper into the personal lives of the characters. I also found the mystery exciting. Will continue with the series.
Jeanie Harper
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cooper really takes some risks in this book.

I'm discovering that I might enjoy a Bible Study group, but, don't know if I'd find the strength to get up on a Sunday morning to talk about the Bible as opposed to sleeping in with my family (6cats)
Elizabeth Evans
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awe i loved it!

I've really enjoyed this series so far and getting to know the characters! Cooper Lee and her awesome group of friends make this series! I'm happy life is working out for her and nathan!
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No matter which name the book is published under, Ellery Adams or Jennifer Stanley, it is a good read!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
love this series. this one is even better than the last. the narrator is a good one. I wish there were more than 5 in this series.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Welcome to Hope Street Church, where friendships are formed, fresh starts are encouraged, and mysteries are solved.
Cooper Lee is on top of the world, thanks to her great friends at Hope Street Church and the satisfaction of having solved two perplexing mysteries. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, she’s hoping that love is in the air for her and her new boyfriend, Nathan. But Cooper’s faith is ab
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Loving this series, look forward to each book coming in on my Kindle. Would highly recommend to others.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean-cozy
Cooper Lee is happy her bible study group from the Hope Street Church is reconvening after a break for the holidays. (The story of how Cooper begins attending the group is explained in the first book of this series, “The Path of the Crooked”.) Cooper’s car breaks down and she is rescued by a sexy young man that she met while investigating his father’s murder. Edward has just been released from prison and says he is making a clean start. Cooper isn’t sure she can trust him or trust herself when s ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The Graves Of the Guilty - Hope Street Church Mystery #3
Author: Ellery Adams
Published: 9-30-2014
Publisher: Beyond The Page Publishing
Pages: 320
Genre: Romance
Sub Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense, Cozy, Amateur Sleuths
ISBN: 9780940846330
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

Loves is in the air and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Cooper is basking in the blessings in her life, family, friends, a job she enjoys and a man she grows to care for with each p
Janka H.
New installment in the Hope Street Church mysteries aims at the more serious crime of drugs and stealing.

Coopers posh, but kind sister Ashley finds a dead man in her rented car. This starts a very serious sleuthing commitment of Cooper, who is afraid that the death of young Latino Miguel Ramos would go unnoticed. And this time, the sources of good are strongly increased by the help of Edward Crosby, the past convict and the son of victim from the previous book. Edward knows his way around the mo
Mary Brown
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Graves Of The Guilty (Hope Street Church Mysteries, Book 3) by Ellery Adams is the third book in this series. It is quite an enjoyable cozy.

In this third book, there is again another murder to solve. This time her sister is accused of the murder and Copper has to prove her innocence. The Bible Study group lends a hand to find the real killer. And when a new man enters Cooper’s life, she has more questions than answers, concerning both the murder and her love life.

The author has a great abil
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently received an advanced reviewer’s copy of The Way of The Guilty by Jennifer Stanley. Amazon shows a release day of August 31st. The Way of The Guilty is the third book in the Hope Street Church Mystery series. Though I have read and enjoyed several of Stanley’s other series, this was the first in this series that I had read. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. I think the Richmond Times-Dispatch says it best - “Stanley never preaches to her readers, but lets deeds, not w ...more
The Graves of the Guilty by Ellery Adams is the third book in A Hope Street Church Mysteries. This is a lovely Christian cozy mystery. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and Cooper Lee has high hopes for this holiday with her boyfriend, Nathan. However, Ashley, Cooper’s high maintenance sister, finds a dead body in the trunk of her car. Miguel, the dead person, worked at Love Motors which implicates Lincoln, Ashley’s husband, and the dealership. When another person is killed, Hector, and his mo ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Graves of the Guilty is the third book in the Hope Street Church series. While you may wish to read the first two books to get all the background information on the characters, it isn’t necessary to do so. I like Christian books, and although this series is well written it doesn’t have a big Christian message. The main character has joined a church, but then again, the first book mentions that she lived with her ex-boyfriend.

I am thoroughly enjoying the likeable characters with a good plot in
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is a nice, solid mystery that moves along well and comes to a good conclusion. I liked the characters although I did find Grammy a little annoying. Since it's the third book in a series, I did feel I lacked a little background information on Cooper, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book. Some of the characters are members of a Bible study group and I thought some of them could have been fleshed out more. There are also detailed discussions from the Bible study that aren't really pe ...more
While I can't find myself warming to this series as much as the other Ellery Adams books, I think that people who enjoyed the first two books will enjoy this one as well. Do you need to read the first two? I don't think so. This seems to be a good standalone.
In this third book of the series, Cooper, and her family and friends, find themselves at a crossroads. Cooper is torn between two men, one dangerous and new, one comfortable but seeming to move away. Her sister's husband is moving further aw
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this might be the last of the Hope Street Church mysteries. There aren't any others on the list and the way this one ended could be a perfect happy ending while leaving things open for future books, if more are able to be written.

The mystery itself was awesome and just complicated enough. Copper is a smart sleuth and easy to like. And since I read the other two in the series, I was able to skip over a lot of the bible study items and passages. Again don't get me wrong - God is important
Sue Ross
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder, drugs, stolen cars, smugglers and Russians. What do these things have in common? They are all parts of The Graves of the Guilty by Ellery Adams. It’s the third book in her Hope Street Church Mysteries series.

This time Cooper and her Bible study group get caught up in a car theft ring and drug smuggling by way of a murder victim found in the trunk Cooper’s sister’s car. How did it get there? Who put it there? An even better question is Who is the murderer?

I love this series. Ellery Adam’
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!!
This was a great book; it is the third book in the A Hope Street Church Mystery Series. Cooper is a member of the Hope Street Church bible study group. Cooper is looking forward to spending Valentine’s Day will her new boyfriend, Nathan. Things change with her sister Ashley finds a body and is then charged with the murder. Cooper and her friends from the Bible study group once again have to start investigating to prove that Ashley is innocent. I am looking forward to reading the next
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
This book continues the story of the Good Hope Bible Study group. The characters have developed and began grab you as they live their lives. The story takes a more violent way. Ashley finds a body in the trunk of her car. Call Cooper who has had a flat tire. Cooper is rescue by Edward who takes her to Ashley home. Cooper starts looking into the murder to help her sister. Trish of the Bible group has cancer. I would read another book in this series.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Be
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE WAY OF THE GUILTY is the best of the series! As in the previous 2 volumes, the action takes place in Richmond,VA,and is centered around 7 friends who have bonded through their Bible study group. As always, the setting and characterization are impeccably portrayed, but what sets this one apart is the convoluted, devious, delicious plot. It's pretty amazing when all is finally revealed. I read cozy series, in part because I love to see the character growth and development as the stories unfold ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We return to Hope Street Church with Cooper Lee and her friends from the Bible study group. Another murder in this small town makes for a delightful cozy mystery in this series. This time the Russian Mob and her sister's family are the focus and Cooper has a vested interest to clear her family. This series was written and published in 2010 under a pen name and has been updated and reworked. I love Ellery Adams and look forward to many more of her books.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the characters in this series but I'm afraid I'm going to have to stop reading it. It is advertised as a "church" mystery so I expect it to be pretty clean and upright but this one got to the overly preachy stage for me.

The mystery was well done but I found myself avoiding the book, which is a sure sign that I'm no longer enjoying the series.

Stanley writes several series, so I'll stick with those and let this series go on without me.
Italo Italophiles
The working-class protagonist and her down-home family are the focus of this third book in the series, which I received as a review copy.

The same solid writing gives cozy mystery readers what they want: clues, amateur detectives, realistic people, light romance, some humor.

And there are light Christian elements in the story, as always, that bring hope to the people involved and friendship and support when times get tough.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
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Theresa Patterson
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would really rate this 4.5 stars, but that wasn't an option.

I'd never read a "cozy murder mystery" having to do with a bible study group. It's a unique idea. I really enjoy reading about the friendships in this group.
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Also writes under the pseudonyms Ellery Adams and J.B. Stanley

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