Murder at the Courthouse

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Murder at the Courthouse

The Hidden Springs Mysteries, #1

I love this book! Murder at the Courthouse has an exceptional plot, realistic scenarios, in depth character portrayals all of which keeps the reader guessing as to who did it till the end! Ms. Gabhart creates some stunning character development along the plot, which is great as the main character grows mentally further into the novel.

Sometimes living in a small town has its drawbacks; take gossip and police work for example. When a traveling salesman comes to Hidden Springs, Kentucky, no one knew he was going to be instrumental in opening the community's eyes to the hidden truths of Hidden Springs. Michael is the newest deputy sheriff, and since he was a former cop in Columbus it is his job to find out who this man is and why someone killed him. Michael has various townspeople popping up and offering their point of view as to who is the dead man and why would someone want to kill him.

And if that wasn't bad enough, he and his Aunt Lindy worry about a troubled kid, Anthony, who seems to disappear whenever Michael tries to make contact with him. This young man has been in trouble with the law, skipped classes, and has a poor outlook on life. That is, until Michael takes the time to look into Anthony's situation and discovers Anthony and he are also keeping secrets. There are many hidden mysteries in Hidden Springs, and Michael Keane is in the thick of it.

If there is one character I enjoyed reading, I'd have to say it is Anthony. The gradual entwinement of Anthony, Michael, and his Aunt Lindy is a wonderful start for this series. Ms. Gabhart's character portrayal is realistic which balances out the novel nicely. The continual search of identity plays out in Michael and Anthony in a variety of methods leading the reader on a merry chase for information. This novel is a terrific read. If you like this story, you'll be pleased to hear there is another novel in this series coming soon.


Book Blurb for 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.


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2015 4.50