Monday, June 13, 2016

Murder Comes by Mail by Ann H Gabgart

Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn't particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses--a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn't last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs' concerned citizens.

Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves--because the killer could be targeting one of them next.

Readers will love racing along with Deputy Sheriff Keane as the clock ticks in this page-turning mystery.

My review:

  As soon as I finished the first book in this series, Murder at the Courthouse, I was wanting to read more in The Hidden Springs Series. Unfortunately I had to wait 8 months to do so, but book two finally came out.

  It is rare for a female author to have a male as the main character in a book, much less a series. I think that is one reason I like this series so well. I like the main character a lot, and it is a nice change to read a book that centers on a man and his view, instead of the usual female.... not that I have anything against women.

 At the end of the previous book, the author gave a few pages from the beginning of this book to tease the reader. I unfortunately read that, and it made me all the more eager to read this book. It definitely did not disappoint. In addition to bringing back the main character, the author also brought back most of the other characters that played a part in Murder At the Courthouse.

 The plot in Murder Comes By Mail was totally different than in the first book, and even better in my opinion. There were a lot of surprises along the way, and I didn't know what was going to happen next. I did have a suspect in mind and it turned out to be right, but that didn't make the book any less suspenseful or enjoyable to read. I in fact read it in one evening as I couldn't put it down, and stayed up far later than I should have to finish it. I definitely recommend it and the other book in the Hidden Springs Series.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann's website or her two blogs, One Writer's Journal,, and the Hollyhill Book of the Strange, .... Giveaways several times a year.

Murder Comes by Mail is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Revell for the review copy.