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read Stirring Up Strife kindle Î ebook Ü The first in a terrific series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery AdamsWelcome to Hope Street Church where friendships are formed fresh starts are encouraged and mysteries are solvedCooper Lee was at a crossroads Her boyfriend of five years had just left her for another woman she was living The first in a terrific series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery AdamsWelcome to Hope Street Church where friendships are formed fresh starts are encouraged and mysteries are solvedCooper Lee was at a crossroads Her boyfriend of five years had just left her for another woman she was living in an apartment above her parents’ garage and her job as a copier repairperson was feeling a little well repetitious Hoping for a fresh start and a new outlook on life s This book was kind of like fast food uick and easy but not incredibly satisfying It was your cookie cutter cozy mystery complete with the heartbroken protagonist shallow sister homecooking mama rough around the edges grandma awkward handsome new guy the sleazy secretaryyou get the idea The mystery was also not too complicated or original though it held my interest well enough for an audiobook that I listen to while doing housework or driving It was apparently complicated enough for this group of amateurs who weren't too uick on the uptake themselves to always be a step ahead of the police Heaven help us if real investigations are this hopelessIf there is one thing done well in this book it is that the Hope Street Church Bible study group is presented as a realistic gathering of people than is normally found in Christian fiction The self absorbed real estate agent womanizer and literally blind leader are far from perfect Instead of a group of church goers with it all together the Bible memorized as is often presented in this genre they are real people with glaring faults if they are a little bit prepackaged like the overweight guy who is always eatingNot a bad book but not one that has inspired me to continue with the series

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He joins the Bible study group at Hope Street Church The last thing she expects while studying the Bible is a lesson in murderWhen Brooke Hughes the woman who first invited Cooper to Hope Street is found murdered in her home all signs point to her husband as the culprit But Wesley Hughes was an elder at Hope Street Church and the members of the Bible study are filled with disbelief that such a kind and loving man could take a life much less his wife’s Unwilling to l A very interesting new to me series I would definitely categorize this as a Christian Cozy Mystery and while that isn't my usual genre it is very well done The group of friends are a bible study group so there is mention of different scriptures and the meanings of them to each character but it isn't overtly religious in a manner that would turn off someone who was not into scripture and religion in general The mystery is well plotted and has several nice twists and turns The characters are very uniue and fleshed out fully so that you can connect with them You feel as if you really know them as a friend I look forward to seeing where the author takes the characters next

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Stirring Up StrifeEt an innocent man and friend be railroaded into prison the Bible group decides to investigate on their ownAs Cooper and this humorously diverse group of people including a blind folk artist a meteorologist with a taste for younger women and a soft spoken web designer who might be out to catch Cooper’s eye dig deeper into the clues they’re about to discover that finding the truth sometimes takes a leap of faithIncludes heavenly recipes from Magnolia Lee’s kitche The concept for this book is what caused me to pick it up it's uniue for its genre and also largely untapped within literatureHeroine Cooper Lee is a 30 something with an unusual job; she repairs copiers and other office machines Like many people of her generation she's long ago left church behind despite being raised in an at least somewhat religious family where weekly church attendance is simply part of the landscape of lifeAt one of her work sites seemingly by chance Cooper meets a very friendly and genuine churchgoer who invites her to attend her church Cooper decides to take her up on her offer but she turns up an hour too early and ends up in a Bible study group meeting This group is a mix of eclectic characters who would have little to do with each other if it were not for their shared faith a real estate diva a rich banker a blind artist and a computer geek among others However their authentic friendship attracts Cooper despite her misgivings about getting too involved with a church and she sticks becoming a supporting and supported member of the groupSpeaking from many years of church experience both good and bad I can say that Cooper's experience rings true especially her reluctance shyness and indecision about re joining a church In addition the Bible study group characters come across as real people that you might find in a church with very real strengths uirks and blind spots Unfortunately though the mystery itself turns a bit formulaic with the characters acting in stereotypical and unbelievable ways with respect to the actual solving of the murder The bright spot though is that through it all the characters keep their integrity hopefully a sign of good things to come as the series progressesI would especially recommend this light read to people who are thinking of coming back to church and wonder what the journey might be like hopefully theirs won't involve a murder of course And long time church people would do well to read this book too to experience Cooper's tentative first steps on her faith journey back to church RatingConcept characters 5 starsMystery storyline itself 3 starsOverall 4 stars