Monday, August 3, 2015


Marji Laine reviews.
Award winning novelist Ann H. Gabhart offers the first of her Hidden Springs Mystery series, Murder at the Courthouse, under the pen name of A.H. Gabhart.

Here's the short version:
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.

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 readers guessing.

My Take:
This book appealed initially because of the small town setting, but a tightly woven mystery full of twists captured me. I found myself reading at every opportunity. 

The story was unique, however, in that it was rather like a series I had read that was labeled with the genre chic lit. The genre, as I understand it, refers to an abundance of internal thoughts of the main character. Especially during the first half of the story, Michael is full of thoughts and feelings that he restrains himself from acting on. 

The uniqueness is that Michael is a guy, so "chic-lit" doesn't exactly work. However, I did enjoy getting deeply into his psyche during much of the story. 

I also enjoyed the plot development. I admit, I pegged the person of interest right away and connected the dots of the motive, etc. as the story progressed, but I thoroughly enjoyed reaching the end to prove that I was right. I love a good mystery!

About the Senior Reviewer:
Suspense Sister Marji Laine writes about hope and redemption. Her characters, tangled in desperate situations, rely on authentic faith in God to carry them through treachery, betrayal, and impossible circumstances. Her latest book, Grime Wave, is the second book of her Grime Fighter Series about a crime scene cleaner in witness protection.

A Homeschooling mom of four, she has two still left in the nest. She directs a children’s choir at her church, coordinates the high school classes and the website at a large co-op, and is the historian for the DFW Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good, and that's an interesting cover for a Revell book.


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