Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Welcome to Hidden Springs
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Michael Keane's stressful days as a Columbus police officer are done. He's ready to relax into his new position as deputy sheriff in his sleepy hometown. Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky--and that's just fine with Michael. 

Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. 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 you guessing.

My Thoughts:
Michael saw past the fluffy blanket of lies she was pulling up over herself for appearances to the painful truth she knew inside.”  (p 296)

The words that Michael spoke after this descriptive and accurate depiction of his neighbor’s reaction to  the death of another of Hidden Springs’ resident is very telling; “Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing.”

Indeed, in the town of Hidden Springs there have been a series of murders that have gone unexplained until this revealing moment in time.  And, truth is indeed stranger than fiction.  The town reels in the revelation of the truth, and yet still maintains some semblance of total denial throughout the entire, ghastly ordeal.

Truly, this mirrors the human spirit on a deep level.  All of us tend to choose a more pleasant version of the truth – as a comforting fluffy blanket – rather than deal with life’s harsh realities.  A.H Garhart captures this truth in the context of small town USA right down to the nuance of the barber’s tabby cat!  The people of Hidden Springs come alive on the page!  From the female Presbyterian minister to the deputy who is thin enough to stand under a clothes line to stay dry in a rainstorm, this eclectic group of characters will be like neighbors to you by the time you reach the end of this novel! And Michael’s revelation about this deceptive “covering” really makes him question his purpose in serving this town’s residents.

This is a terrific beginning to the Hidden Springs Mystery series!  I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

About the Author:
A. H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel SisterSmall Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, and several popular Shaker novels such as The OutsiderThe 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. Learn more at

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