Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Murder Comes by Mail by A. H. Gabhart (Review)

  • Series: The Hidden Springs Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (May 17, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727055

  • Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn't particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses--a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn't last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs' concerned citizens.

    Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves--because the killer could be targeting one of them next.

    My Review:

    Although this is book two in the Hidden Springs Mysteries, it can stand alone ok. I did not enjoy reading it as much as the first book. The subject matter was pretty heavy to be in a cozy mystery. There was not enough to lighten it up. I like the concept of the overall series. I wish the romance was more developed between Michael and Alexandra. He grew up with Alex in Hidden Springs but now she is a big city lawyer. He knows he does not want to live that lifestyle again. He likes living and working in a small town. They have chemistry though and I can't wait to see where the author takes it. The mystery part was easy to solve but the tension was still there as bodies begin to pile up. Michael is kept busy trying to protect the people he loves and the town. Overall a good story.

    Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. An award winning author, she's published many 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 Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine. Love Comes Home won the Selah Book of the Year award. Ann writes about Kentucky history and small town life and as A.H. Gabhart is the author of the Hidden Springs mysteries.

    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 or join the conversation on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart

    Review copy provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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