Are you ready to relax with tea, coffee or another beverage? Please enjoy your drink selection along with a Banana Bar while reading my review of the newest release in the Hope Street Church Mystery series. The recipe for today’s snack is included at the end of the book!
ABOUT METHODS OF MALICE
Welcome back to Hope Street Church, where friendships are formed, fresh starts are encouraged, and mysteries are solved . . .
The Hope Street Community Theater is staging It’s a Wonderful Life as a fundraiser, and Cooper and the Bible study group are all taking part. They’ve also managed to land the help of a famous Broadway director who’s trying to clean up his image after a scandal, and he travels to Richmond along with his star actress and staff. But the director’s entourage epitomize the worst of theater personalities, with petty grievances and jealousies stirring up more drama off the stage than on. And when the assistant director is found murdered in her hotel suite, the list of possible suspects is longer than a red carpet.
Unwilling to stand by with a murderer in their midst, Cooper and her friends get to work ferreting out clues and surveilling the staff, including a dangerously inept set technician as well as the director’s current and former love interests. Despite inexplicable and terrifying stage “accidents” threatening to derail their investigation and the play, the intrepid amateur sleuths know the show must go on. Their only prayer is to set a trap and successfully catch a killer before it’s curtains for Cooper . . .
Includes heavenly recipes from Magnolia Lee’s kitchen!
What a page-turner! I loved it!
I was so captivated by the characters and the mystery they found themselves involved with, I couldn’t read this book fast enough. The Sunrise Bible study group of Hope Street Church is performing in a community play to fund a new bus for the local senior center. A famous director is offering his talent to the production, bringing along his entourage. When one of the theater ensemble members is found deceased, all kinds of questions arise.
The sleuthing is intriguing. Between the plot twists and various possibilities to consider, I enjoyed trying to figure out the who-done-it solution. I especially loved the interaction of the characters as faithful friends and encouragers. With the developing romance between Cooper and Jon, I’m eager to find out about their future.
And with a chef and a caterer in the story, the foodie details are the icing on the cake…literally! I need a teatime break with a Magnolia Lee treat. Psst….there are recipes at the end of the book.
If you love a good mystery…the cozy type…with fascinating characters, you will also be captivated while reading Methods of Malice by Ellery Adams and Tina Radcliffe. I highly recommend this book!
“We’re here to equip ourselves with the Word so that we can deal with the challenges of another week in the world.”
“This week, let our focus be prayer. … Allowing our prayers to overflow with joy as we focus on others instead of ourselves.”
*I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and three cats. She’s written multiple series including the Supper Club Mysteries, the Book Retreat Mysteries, the Secret, Book, and Scone Society Mysteries, and more.
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.
Please sample a Banana Bar, one of baker Magnolia Lee’s special creations. The recipe is at the end of Methods of Malice, along with other yummy treats. Next I want to try the Blackberry Cake!
Thank you for joining me today for a teatime review. What do you like about cozy mysteries? Have you read any good cozies lately? I hope you are experiencing signs of spring in your area…..and enjoying a good book!
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