A.H. Gabhart pens a new story in the Hidden Springs Mysteries series. The story begins with a dead man propped up on the courthouse steps, first thing in the morning before there is any stirring in the little town of Hidden Springs, Ky. The body is found by Miss Willadean Dearmon as she approaches the courthouse to make her daily round of the offices there to make sure her duly elected officials are at work and using her tax dollars wisely. She passes by thinking the dead man is drunk and rude, not speaking to her. No clue on her part that he is dead. A drunk on the courthouse steps is her first complaint of the day. You can imagine what happens when she insists that the Sheriff go out there and do something about that!
As the story unfolds, they determine he has been shot in the back and begin to conjecture about who could have caused his death. As the Sheriff works to identify the man and find the perpetrator, a mystery begins to unravel. Of course I will not tell you who "dunnit." I am no spoiler. As you read you will see several characters that could have done the murder. The disappearance of a prominent member of the community makes it look like that person may have committed the act, as well as others who seem to behave suspiciously. It does have a surprise ending, because you may not suspect who the killer is and the unwanted strings that tie these people together.
This novel is well written. That is because the words flow from page to page and the story is interesting. It makes it easy to read. The grammar and sentence structure add to the quality of the work. It's all good. It is a light read and as I have said in the past, a light read is sometimes exactly what you need to relax with. This could be considered a cozy mystery but it has too much depth and enough character development to take it out of that genre. I enjoyed it and recommend you give it a shot! Get that? Give it a shot? Anyway, I give Murder at the Courthouse five stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for an honest review. These words are my opinion.
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