Murder at the Courthouse


*post publishing disclaimer:  I’ve tried to get this so the spacing is correct, and it doesn’t seem to matter what I do, it won’t put spaces between my paragraphs.  If you’re seeing this, too, please know I didn’t do it on purpose and I tried to fix it.  Anyway, here’s the book review….

I just finished reading “Murder at the Courthouse” by A. H. Gabhart.  Ann Gabhart has crafted a wonderful mystery here, which will have you guessing throughout the entire novel.

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When Miss Willadean finds a body on the steps of the Courthouse — the body of a stranger, no less — nothing in Hidden Springs will ever be the same.  Everyone tries to come up with a theory for the deputy, Michael Keane, but they’re all as far-fetched as the one before.  The man was a stranger, and no one knew why he was in Hidden Springs or why he ended up dead.
But when more tragedies strike the sleepy town of Hidden Springs, it all gets a little too personal, and the quest to find the killer leads our deputy on a quest for information you won’t see coming.
Well, I thought I saw it coming…. about half way through the book.  But Gabhart did such a great job of casting suspicion in so many places that I second-guessed myself right out of my theory.  It turned out that one of my theories ended up being correct, but I sure won’t tell you which one.  You’ll have to read it.
This book features a crime you don’t envy Deputy Keane for having to solve, as well as excellent character development and back stories — releasing just the right details at just the right times.
If you’re looking for a wholesome and well-written mystery to keep you on your toes, Ann Gabhart has given that for your reading pleasure.
I highly recommend that you pick up a copy today…. though I also recommend that you not start if you have somewhere important to be in the couple hours that follow.  Especially toward the end of the book, it’s gripping and you won’t want to stop.
I received this book as part of a review blogger program with Graf-Martin Communications, in conjunction with Baker Publishing Group, and I was not required to give a positive review.
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