October 21, 2015

Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: October 20, 2015
Number of pages: 336
Genre: Mystery
Series: Hidden Springs Mystery #1

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.

What did I think of this book:
I have enjoyed reading Ann Gabhart's books as well as cozy mysteries so when I was offered the chance to read a mystery written by Ann I thought this has got to be a good book. I was not wrong. This book grabbed me from the first page. The town of Hidden Springs was your typical quiet town until a body was found. Now the new sheriff is trying to find out who was the cause of the murder. The author had me trying to figure out who did it right up until the end. She also has a way of making you feel a part of the story and as if you knew the people all along. There were some twists and turns that kept the story moving right along and kept me guessing. I have to say I felt bad for Michael as times as it seemed that at times everyone had an opinion on who the murderer was. This is the first book in this new series and I can't wait to read the next one to see what happens next in this nice little town. I highly recommend this book to fans of mystery stories. 

About the author:
A. H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, several popular Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. Ann grew up in a small rural town in Kentucky much like Hidden Springs, but she is happy to report nobody was ever murdered on her hometown's courthouse steps. Ann and her husband still live on a farm near that same little town in Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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