Doing a good deed never felt so bad
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.
First of all, I love the cover. It’s bright, it’s bold, and has very little to do with the actual plot. But I’m partial to the craftsman style of house that’s on it and the colors are similar to the one in which I live. The impression is that it’s a house in a quiet neighborhood, and Hidden Springs is supposed to be that sort of quiet town where people know each other. Murder Comes by Mail is the second in a series set in this particular Kentucky locale.
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane was supposed to be driving a group of elderly ladies – including his spinster aunt – to watch a play in a nearby town. After pulling a suicidal man back from the brink during the journey, however, he’s soon made to wish he hadn’t. He’s named a hero, the media are after him, and a doctor from the local hospital keeps calling him. There are also the dead bodies, and the photographs of them which keep arriving in the mail.
Although Murder Comes by Mail is entertaining, I don’t think it’s quite as good as the previous book in the series. When the original suspect must be ruled out, I could only come up with one other candidate and I’m sure there are other readers whose minds went in the same direction. The killer, when revealed, appeared to be insane with no obvious motive for murder. There’s also an emphasis on the increasingly romantic relationship between Michael and a D.C. lawyer.
It is the characters, ultimately, which really make the book. Besides Aunt Lindy, there’s also the opinionated Edith Crossfield, Betty Jean who keeps the Sheriff’s Office running, and Hank from the local newspaper. There are also rivalries between the Sheriff’s department, local police, and state police. If you’re looking for some summer reading though, you won’t go wrong with Murder Comes by Mail.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of Murder Comes by Mail, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 17 May 2016
Page Count: 352