A satisfying mystery: "Murder at the Courthouse" by A. H. Gabhart

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about the book....

Welcome to Hidden Springs
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Michael Keane's stressful days as a Columbus police officer are done. He's ready to relax into his new position as deputy sheriff in his sleepy hometown. Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky--and that's just fine with Michael. 

Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. 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 you guessing.

my review....

Fans of novels by Gabhart are in for a treat as she pens something a little different with "Murder at the Courthouse". The author has created a whole cast of colourful, quirky characters who so intrigued me that I found myself thinking about them long after I had finished the novel. As a male reader, I always enjoy books with a male lead character, and Michael is a likeable man of integrity that both female and male readers alike will appreciate getting to know over the course of the story. Although I enjoyed the hint of romance in the story, I think my favourite interactions are actually between Michael and his Aunt Lindy, a no-nonsense woman who reminded me of my own aunt in many ways.

After the initial reveal of the body at the beginning of the story (which was done with a nice touch of humour), I found that things progressed a bit slowly for me as the stage was set. But I was definitely intrigued enough to keep reading, and I'm so glad I did because suddenly another body turned up and a number of different twists and turns were thrown in until I simply had to ignore real life around me to see how things would resolve. I did figure out who was behind the murders well before the end of the story, but it was an utterly enjoyable ride to see how things would play out. I came to the the final page disappointed that I had to leave the town of Hidden Springs so soon, because the cast of characters had become friends, and so I am glad that this is only the first book in the series, with more to come!.

"Murder at the Courthouse" will not only delight Gabhart's usual fans, but will surely pick up a new flock of followers as well. I enjoyed this satisfying mystery and award it 4.0 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Ann H. Gabhart

A. H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, the bestselling author of Angel SisterSmall Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The OutsiderThe BelieverThe SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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