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Michael Keane moves back to his hometown of Hidden Springs, Kentucky, to be the new deputy sheriff. Thinking the job would be less stressful than his previous job in the heart of Chicago, he could not have been more mistaken. Michael is shocked that two murders occur one after the other, and everyone in town filling his head with their own theories. The sheriff has him on a quest to find the mysterious killer. So much for his no stress job in his quiet uneventful hometown!
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Hidden Springs Mysteries
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.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Easy Christian mysteryNovember 2, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Murder at the courthouse is the first book in the Hidden Spring Mystery series.
When life as a cop in Columbus Ohio becomes to much, Michael Keane comes home to Hidden Springs and joins the police force knowing that the only exciting thing that will happen ticketing a jaywalker or a finding missing cow or two. But then a dead body turns up on the courthouse steps, and Michael and the town find their world turned upside down.
The author does a wonderful job with the characters. She brings to life a whole host of hilarious people that really bring the story to life. But what I really enjoyed was the fact that Michael is not the top dog. He is a deputy, not the sheriff In fact he tries his best to stay out of the whole affair, but being a homegrown guy, the residents naturally gravitate to him with all their theories and their gossip.
I love a good mystery, but the intense, suspenseful kind is not the only thing that makes a book good. This a light mystery, I would almost but it in the category of a cozy mystery with christianity woven through the plot.
I would definitely recommend this book.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Surely Murder Doesn't Happen in Peaceful Hidden Springs!April 8, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3The last half of the book was exciting and full of suspense but it started out very slowly. Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane was a strong protagonist. I won a copy of Murder at the Courthouse from One Writer's Journal blog. This is my honest opinion.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Murder at the CourthouseMarch 30, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hidden Springs, Kentucky is a small, quiet town. Michael Keane has returned to his hometown to serve as deputy sheriff after several years as a police officer in a large city. He enjoys the slower pace until one day a body of a stranger is found on the steps of the courthouse. Though there is a sheriff, a chief of police, and various other law enforcement officers, the burden of solving the mystery falls to Michael. This becomes even harder when a local, much loved, citizen is also found murdered. I had previously read the second book in this series so was familiar with Michael and some of the other residents. Since this is the first, it gives a bit more background to better understand Michael and his motivations. The book has all the necessary elements for a very satisfactory cozy mystery. I enjoyed it very much and am currently reading the third book.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Murder at the CourthouseMarch 19, 2017CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This was a slow paced murder mystery with interesting characters. Very enjoyable book!
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Murder at the courthouse - WowOctober 6, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0This story is endurable through time, I can tell - it has levity at the right time - and then sensitivity in others - it also has a boundless amount of characters because it is in a small town and this author sure knew exactly how to use people who lived in a small town - I know - I use to live in one - you have the nosey bodies- the eccentrics - the helpers - the gossips - then you have the normal everyday people - and this is what the author did she got the small town down pat - for real - This story has so many twist and turns than a roller coaster at Busch Gardens new ride - Michael - the Sherriff has gotten news that there was a dead person on the stairs of the courthouse - someone they don't know and now the game is afoot - he does his deductions - now the fun of all of this is - the author from the very beginning grabs you right from out of the book and brings you in as one of his partners - you feel as if you are in the book - helping him find out who dun it - you are his Watson - and then .well - I can't tell you if - because it is a small town that the two of you could or couldn't figure out who dunnit. - so Watson - you need to get the book - Join your partner and figure out who dunnit. it is worth the work....have fun... I received a copy of this book to read and give an honest review