Path of the Wicked by Jennifer Stanley is the second book in the “Hope Street Church” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, April 2010

Congregants at the Hope Street Church know that charity begins at home. But sometimes what is giveth is mysteriously taketh away…

Cooper Lee and the Sunrise Bible Study Group have has just volunteered for a local charity, Door-2-Door Dinners. Sure, some of the volunteers look more like Hell’s Angels than Good Samaritans, but the ragtag church group has taught Cooper not to judge a book by its cover. Besides, this gives Cooper a chance to get out of the house—which she shares with her parents—and spend some quality time with her new love, Nathan. But things really start heating up for Cooper and Nathan when an elderly Door-2-Door recipient is murdered—and the prime suspects are…the volunteers!

Someone in the flock is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But the Lord works in miraculous ways—and so do the sleuths of the Sunrise Bible Study Group…

When Cooper and her bible study group volunteers delivering foods door-2-door, they learned that items were missing from several clients and several have died unexpectedly, the group set out to find the culprit. It soon becomes personal when Coopers receives a threatening note. With infusions of bible studies, family, friendship and with an open heart, Cooper and her friends gather the clues that will bring this wolf-in-sheep-like clothing to justice. What I enjoyed most about this story was also how the friends help one another in their time of need in dealing with issues at home and at work. My rating: 5 stars

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