10/22/2015

Murder at the Courthouse Review


Murder at the Courthouse (The Hidden Springs Mysteries #1)

My Thoughts:
This book had a bit of a Jan Karon style, because it is so laid back. Hidden Springs, Kentucky reminded me a lot of Jan's Mitford books. Small town, laid back, everyone knows everyone's business. But when the murdered man is found that is where the similarities ended. I enjoyed this story, but for a mystery it was perhaps too laid back, even with multiple deaths happening. I adored Michael though and I do look forward to book two, I hope it is just a bit less laid back. The murderer was no surprise, and I figured it out early in the story, so that made the book seem a bit slow to me. Overall I can easily say this is my favorite book from Ann Gabhart. 4 stars from this reviewer. 
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.  

About the Book: 
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.


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