Book Review

Murder at the Courthouse

After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried–after all the man was a stranger–until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.

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 readers guessing.

**I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Murder in a small town? A.H. Gabhart’s first novel of the Hidden Springs Mystery tackles that problem with a full cast of amusing characters.

From the first page of this book, it was clear that Gabhart would lend her characters a unique voice. Finding a body on the steps of the courthouse should not be comical in any ways, but I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit about the antics of one of the characters through the first pages as that very thing happened.

But, I quickly had a problem after the body was found. I found the book to be quite slow and boring. There was some backstory dumping going on and not a lot of action on the page. It was easy to put the book down and hard to pick back up. Finally, about a third through the book, something happened. My interest was piqued, and the story kept building.

This novel excelled at having a complicated mystery. I loved trying to piece it together and figure it out. There were a couple of things that turned about to be quite surprising and there were a few characters that brought a bit of life to the town. But, it was quite hard to get past that first chunk of the book–hard enough that I questioned whether or not to finish it, but I’m glad I did.

“Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing.”

-Michael Keane, Murder at the Courthouse

 

About the Author:
AnnHGabhartA.H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sisiter, Small Town Girl, and Love 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.

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