Did you say Murder? at small town Hidden Spring?

Murder? Where? In a small town? Well, you sure it's not a rumor? Nothing happens in small towns, so you think.  That is what we have here in "Murder at the Courthouse" by A.H. Gabhart.

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.

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The story sounds interesting, especially with a murder to solve for Michael Keane, our deputy sheriff of Hidden Springs, Kentucky, who's ready to relax and enjoy small town life. It's interesting to read about Michael and the many quirky characters of Hidden Springs.  The characters' development and back stories are the most intriguing aspect of the book, at least for me.  The story starts off humorously with the finding of the body and how the whole town finds out within minutes, but then it tapers on slowly with the plot developments. Many times, I wanted to put it down, but my curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to find out what happened in the past and how it relates to the current murder in question, so I kept reading.  I must say it was quite easy for me to figure out who the killer was early on and it really seem too obvious. What's not obvious is how it relates to other events that didn't even seem relatable, and that is what keeps this book going. It's not the mystery of the title murder (I guess for some it can be), but the mystery of the past.  The romance aspect wasn't big in this book, but I do like the subtleness of it all, and I hope the next book in the series will shed more light on the friendship of Michael and Alex, as well as the growth of Anthony. 

"With the Lord, there was always hope. What medicine and doctors couldn't do, the Lord could." (45)
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for an honest review. 



A. H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Homeand 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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Michael Keane moves back to his hometown of Hidden Springs, Kentucky, to be the new deputy sheriff.  Thinking the job would be less stressful than his previous job in the heart of Chicago, he could not have been more mistaken.  Michael is shocked that two murders occur one after the other, and everyone in town filling his head with their own theories.  The sheriff has him on a quest to find the mysterious killer.  So much for his no stress job in his quiet uneventful hometown!



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