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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.
Readers of Ann H Gabhart’s previous novels will immediately recognize that Murder at the Courthouse is a marked departure from those other works. After all, murder isn’t exactly something you’d find in Rosey Corner or at a Shaker community. But the people of Hidden Springs don’t expect murder in their midst either, especially the murder of a stranger. The most local enforcement has to do usually is issue tickets and keep tabs on the local troubled teen. The discovery of a body has everyone talking, including the three-time elected judge and the town’s newspaper man.
Murder at the Courthouse is a delightful read, if such a thing can be said about a crime novel. Despite its subject matter the writing is light and, at times, the tone is almost whimsical. There’s definitely nothing gritty about it. There are a couple of different plot threads but they come together in a way I didn’t expect. The characters are varied, from Michael’s caring Aunt Lindy to Officer Osgood who wishes he was a person of more importance in the town. There’s also a barber’s shop cat called Two Bits.
This is the first title in the Hidden Springs Mysteries series, so it looks like life in the small town is going to get a bit livelier. There’s an excerpt from the second book at the back.
Thank you to Revell Books for my complimentary copy of Murder at the Courthouse, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 20 October 2015
Page Count: 320