Murder Comes by Mail

Gabhart, A. H. Murder Comes by Mail: A Hidden Springs Mystery. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
In the usually quaint, quiet, rural town of Hidden Springs, a mystery disturbs the serenity. Having been dubbed a hero by his actions associated with a suicidal man, Sheriff Michael Keane¬† rues the unfortunate¬†day he became involved. With extra attention now paid to him, pictures of deceased people arriving in his mailbox and a further mystery needing to be solved, the Deputy might just be in over his head in author A. H. Gabhart’s newest novel in the Hidden Springs series, Murder Comes by Mail

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Not this author’s usual genre but a good read non-the-less, Murder by Mail continues the cozy mystery genre in the Hidden Springs series, following Murder at the Courthouse. With many of the same characters reappearing, though okay to read as a stand-alone, it might perhaps work better as a continuation following book one in order. With a bit of humor, a little romance and a sense of mild suspense, I enjoyed this novel as a quick summer read. Likely to read the next story in this series (should there be one), I admit I prefer her other genres better.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Murder Comes by Mail from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Murder at the Courthouse

Gabhart, A.H. Murder at the Courthouse: A Hidden Springs Mystery. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
murderatthecourthouseWith a population of 732, Hidden Springs is a sleepy, quaint, quiet little town snuggled in Kentucky. As the new deputy sheriff in this cozy town, Sheriff Micheal Keane is ready to relax and enjoy life…that is until the population drops to 731 after a man, apparently murdered, is found on the front steps of the courthouse. As the community members of Hidden Springs share their unique, sometimes absurd, speculations on the murder, Micheal is now wondering just what prompted him to take this job…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Sometimes in the midst of all the more serious, deeper, emotional books I read, I need a lighter, cozier, more fun book to read…and I found it. Murder at the Courthouse is well written and skims along in an easy manner yet still provides twists and turns in a “who-dun-it” novel. As the first story in the Hidden Springs Mystery series, I look forward to continuing with the main character while getting to know others too. Fitting the intended genre for me, this book turned out to be a delight.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Murder at the Courthouse from Revell Publishing for my honest review*