Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review - 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.
 Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, several popular Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. 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

I enjoyed this book so much! I am loving all the great Christian mysteries that are available these days and this one is at the top of my list as being great! This book is part of the Hidden Springs Mystery series.
This starts out like any other day in Hidden Springs, a quiet, little town where everyone knows everyone else and nothing bad ever really happens. When Miss Willadean shows up at the courthouse, like she does everyone morning like clockwork, she sees a man slumped on the steps and hurries inside to tell the deputy sheriff, Michael Keane, that there's a drunk on the steps. All too soon, it's evident the man is not drunk but dead.
This mystery really is just that. I never did figure out "who done it" until it was revealed and was shocked to discover who it was and why he murdered the man. I think this is the telling mark of a good mystery - if you're unsure of the murderer until the author reveals it in the story.
I really liked the characters in this story and how they were so real. The faith of Michael and his aunt, Malinda (or as she is affectionately known, Lindy) is so amazing, yet so real, and we see them applying their faith to the very serious situations that they have faced in their lives. The characters in this book are not cardboard cut-outs, but they seem like real people that you'd like to know. Except for the might not want to know him!
I just loved this book and can't wait for the next one in this series! I just could not put this book down and I highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads

Blessings - Julie

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