Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Murder at the Courthouse (The Hidden Springs Mysteries #1) by A.H. Gabhart, Ann H. Gabhart

After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried--after all the man was a stranger--until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.

As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.

Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep readers guessing.

About The Author

Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. She's published over twenty-five books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Christian Fiction Book by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine. Ann writes about Kentucky history and small town life.
Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. See more about her books at www.annhgabhart.com.

My Review:

When the book opens with a chuckle, sad but rather funny, the town busy body tries getting a recently murdered man to acknowledge her, and is all bent out of shape when he ignores her. Off to a great start, and who is this man that no one seems to recognize?
Hidden Springs is one of those sleepy little towns where everyone knows everyone, and you don’t need a phone to know what is happening. Now something strange is going on, and maybe has been for quite awhile, this crime has deeper roots than you can possibly imagine.
Come along for a really well written story and how it unfolds will keep you page-turning and wanting to get to the end of the book, and really not wanting it to end.
This book is going to linger with you a long time after you have turned the final page, and you will be shaking your head, so many lives touched and hurt by selfishness.
I received this book through Net Galley and Revell Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review

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