Murder at the Courthouse
By A.H. Gabhart
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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.
A. H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, andLove Comes Home, and several popular Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent. Ann grew up in a small rural town in Kentucky much like Hidden Springs, but she is happy to report nobody was ever murdered on her hometown’s courthouse steps. Ann and her husband still live on a farm near that same little town in Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.
Hidden Springs is a sleepy little town, and Michael Keane is quite happy coming back there to serve on the local police force after his time as an officer in Columbus. His homecoming isn’t necessarily an easy one, though. Due to the accident that took his parents’ lives and nearly took his, there are parts of his past he can’t remember.
The sleepy town is shaken when a body is found on the steps of the courthouse one morning. No one knows the dead person, and it doesn’t seem like anyone knows much about the murder, either. But Michael is determined in his search for truth. Will he learn who the killer is? And at what cost to himself and those who matter to him?
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, and I found the characters to be believable, even if a couple were small-town stereotypes. I’m from a small town, so maybe that’s why I liked them. I also wanted to know more about what happens next for Michael and Alex Sheridan, daughter of the local attorney come back to her hometown to visit. And I loved Willadean. I hope to see more of the characters in future Hidden Springs stories.
The main plot of the story, the murder mystery, was nicely done. As I read, I wanted to know what happened next, what the next clue would be, what that clue would unravel. And there may or may not have been an ending that I did not see coming.
This was the first book by Ann Gabhart that I’ve read. Based on how much fun this one was for me to read, I’ll be reading more in the future.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.