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The Deeds of the Deceitful by Ellery Adams and Tina Radcliffe {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

Welcome back to Hope Street Church, where friendships are formed, fresh starts are encouraged, and mysteries are solved . . .

It’s June in Virginia, and the scent of flowers and the sound of wedding bells are in the air, an unwelcome reminder to Cooper Lee of the long-distance relationship she recently ended. When Cooper and her Bible study group are invited to spend a weekend at a newly renovated historic inn, it’s the perfect chance to get away with friends and put her bittersweet memories behind her—until the inn’s pompous co-owner is murdered and one of the suspects is Cooper’s own mother.

Certain that someone on the inn’s staff must have done the cruel deed, the Bible study group begins piecing together the clues, only to learn that everyone there has a motive for murder. When they discover that a valuable painting has also been stolen from the inn, they know they’re up against an especially cunning evildoer. Determined to bring the culprit to justice and save her mother, Cooper and her friends devise a risky scheme to trap the killer, because even the Bible study group must sometimes work in mysterious ways . . .

Includes heavenly recipes from Magnolia Lee’s kitchen!

New York Times bestselling author 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. Her series include the Supper Club Mysteries, the Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries, the Hope Street Church Mysteries, and the Book Retreat Mysteries, among others.

A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is an RWA Honor Roll member, a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, four-time ACFW Carol Award finalist, and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance

Deeds of the Deceitful is the sixth book in the Hope Street Church Mysteries by Ellery Adams and Tina Radcliffe. To be honest, I didn't realize the book was part of a series when I started reading it. While there were references that made it more evident that this wasn't the first case the Bible study had found themselves involved in, it didn't affect my ability to understand and enjoy the story--- though I imagine I might have had an easier time keeping some of the characters straight. Either way, this can certainly be read as a standalone. 

In this book, Cooper and her Bible study are invited to stay in a new inn prior to it's launch. What should have been a fun getaway turns to a disaster when one of the co-owners is murdered... and those close to the group find themselves on the suspect list. They make it their mission to clear the names of the innocent and discover who the murderer truly is. 

With a great blend of mystery, romance and sweet treats, it was everything that I personally enjoy in a good cozy mystery. As a fan of both cozy mysteries and Christian fiction, I definitely enjoyed the faith aspects in this story as well. This may have been the first in the series I'd read, but I am certain it will not be the last. This is one definitely worth reading. 



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