Sunday, June 5, 2016

Book Review - Murder Come By Mail


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.


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at


Ann Gabhart is fast becoming one of my very favorite authors! I loved her first book of this series, "Murder At the Courthouse" and this new book doesn't disappoint! This is book 2 of the "Hidden Springs Mystery Series".  You don't have to read the first book at all to understand the plot of this book but, trust me, you definitely will want to read it!

Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is helping out the church by driving the ladies to see a play that has the niece of one of the ladies in it. As he's driving across the bridge above the river, he sees a man poised to jump and stops to try and help him. This starts the beginning of one of the most bizzarre murder mysteries I've ever read.

Soon Michael is dealing with a strange serial killer that is targeting the women around him. It starts off one way then quickly twists into something else. We are on the ride of our life with Michael as he tries to figure out what is going on and how to prepare for what could be coming next.

We are introduced to the arrogant police officer and his sidekick, Officers Whitt and Chekowski. Because Michael is the Deputy of a small town, Officer Whitt tends to treat him like an idiot cop but I love how Michael controls himself because of what his Aunt Lindy was always sharing with him. She instilled life guiding Scriptures in his life and I love how he tries to live his life for God. I thought we might see some fireworks between Michael and Officer Chekowski as she seemed to really gravitate toward Michael.

All my old favorites were in this book, as well. Betty Jean, the long-suffering secretary in the Sheriff's Office, Hank the newspaperman, Aunt Lindy and the girl Michael loves, Alex. I loved how the author brought some humor into the story through these characters as the subject was pretty intense and the humor helped cope with the intensity of the mystery.

I did figure out who the bad person was about three quarters of the way through the book but the author handled it so well, I wasn't sure how this person fit in or how they did what they did until she revealed it. This made the book even better for me. It's the perfect mystery! You'll love this book and I highly recommend it by giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell Reads Program

Blessings - Julie

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