A new murder mystery by A.H. Gabhart is on the shelf at your local bookstore (or online, whichever you prefer.) This is Book 2 of the Hidden Springs Mystery series. These books can be read separately and out of sequence because they are more of a continuation of the same characters and locale with another murder being done. Deputy Michael Keane continues to solve the whodunnit with the same intelligence and savvy that he used in the first book entitled Murder at the Courthouse. If you are not familiar, Deputy Keane came home to Hidden Springs after serving as a big city cop for some years. He felt the desire to return to small town law enforcement and embrace the lifestyle and values that he found there while growing up. As usual, the grass is not always greener!
The author, Ann Gabhart, writes a strong character in Michael Keane and expertly merges his big city experience with his heart for the small town he loves. Sheriff Keane sees beyond the obvious and has an uncanny sense (gut feeling?) for seeing hidden details in the unsolved crime. This makes for excellent crime solving and exciting reading; as in, hard to put down this book! Book 1 in this series was a good read, and if anything, this second book is even better. The author writes a villain that is the epitome of a psychopath. As murders continue to be done, the perpetrator makes it obvious to Michael that this spree has a personal connection.
Murder Comes by Mail takes us back to Hidden Springs while reacquainting us with the townspeople that we met in Murder at the Courthouse. Michael's Aunt Lindy is back, as well as the crew at the Sheriff's office, Betty Jean. Also Hank Leland, editor of the local paper, Hidden Springs Gazette. In this book, Deputy Michael saves a man from jumping off the Eagle River bridge. He utters something to Michael that puzzles him and then pictures of dead girls begin to arrive at the Sheriff's office. Michael begins to believe the man he saved from jumping over the Eagle River bridge is doing the murders. To make it worse, if possible, Michael has a connection to each girl that is murdered. It becomes obvious that the killer has it out for the Deputy. I can't tell you more without spoiling it for you, so I will stop here!
A.H. Gabheart has a knack for expertly crafting personalities and relationships between characters and bringing out the details of daily life. Her writing is believable and easy to read, at the same time absorbing. I honestly could not put this down about 2/3 of the way through the book. It simply becomes spooky and macabre. I finished this one night when I should have been sleeping, rain pouring down and before I finished I was hearing every bump in the night and some that weren't there!
This is an excellent read and needs to be added to your summer reading list. In fact, I will be back soon to give you my recommended list and this will be on it!
I give Murder Comes by Mail five stars and recommend you get your copy asap and read it up!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. These words are my opinion.
You can find out more about this book and others at Baker Publishing Group. Read more about this author and her books at Ann H. Gabhart.
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