In the usually quaint, quiet, rural town of Hidden Springs, a mystery disturbs the serenity. Having been dubbed a hero by his actions associated with a suicidal man, Sheriff Michael Keane rues the unfortunate day he became involved. With extra attention now paid to him, pictures of deceased people arriving in his mailbox and a further mystery needing to be solved, the Deputy might just be in over his head in author A. H. Gabharts newest novel in the Hidden Springs series, Murder Comes by Mail
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Not this authors usual genre but a good read non-the-less, Murder by Mail continues the cozy mystery genre in the Hidden Springs series, following Murder at the Courthouse. With many of the same characters reappearing, though okay to read as a stand-alone, it might perhaps work better as a continuation following book one in order. With a bit of humor, a little romance and a sense of mild suspense, I enjoyed this novel as a quick summer read. Likely to read the next story in this series (should there be one), I admit I prefer her other genres better.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Murder Comes by Mail from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
What a quandary! Sheriff Michael Keane does the "right" thing - he saves a stranger from leaping off a bridge into a roaring, run-off river. One would expect, after a little therapy, that the stranger would join the citizens of Hidden Springs in declaring Michael a hero for saving his life.
Unfortunately...this hero isn't grateful. Unfortunately... he decides to send Michael "tokens" of his displeasure - photos of murdered girls.
Michael is horrified and guilt-ridden. The reason these girls are dead is because of him... but what should he have done? He had no way knowing at the time that the guy he was saving was a murderer.
Now, racing time as the killer rapidly begins killing every girl and woman Michael is in contact with or comes close to, Michael frantically tries to figure out who the mystery killer is. Things go from deadly to downright creepy when evidence begins to show up in very disturbing places and when the wrong people show up dead. As it becomes more and more personal, Michael begins to realize that he may be the killer's ultimate end game.
"Murder Comes by Mail" is suspenseful and nail-biting. I really enjoyed it - especially the very unexpected twist at the end. I love it when books shock me. Perhaps my favourite aspect of this novel was being immersed in the quirky world of Hidden Springs and it's humorous and delightful cast of citizens. A great read!
Thank-you so much to Graf Martin Communications for a copy of this book!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." in exchange for my honest opinion.
Loved this book! Ann has such a creative style with humor and and mystery all wrapped up together. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Hidden Springs reminds me of my small town, where everyone pretty much knows everyone, or for those of you who can't relate - think Andy Griffith and Mayberry. Could something bad really happen there? Well.. evil lurks everywhere and Hidden Springs is no exception.
Just as Michael, the small town deputy, thinks he has recuperated from the last murder Hidden Springs had (read about it in book one) and life seems to be getting down to normal, the unexpected happens. As he is taking the town's senior ladies to a play, they spot a man getting ready to jump off the bridge. Michael does what anyone would do - he saves him. The man's last words before being taken to the hospital have Michael puzzled and troubled. Would he really regret saving a man's life? Maybe so... But you must read the book to find out what happens.
Other town characters you will like are: Michael's Aunt Lindy who has been teaching school for years; Alex, the girl he loves, but does she love him back? Hank the newspaper man, who has a love for taking pictures of all the happenings, but in this book, even Hank struggles with the news in the making. Ann combines suspense, fear, humor, family and so much more in this amazing story that will keep you turning pages until the end! This book is a stand alone, but I would highly recommend reading book one in the series also. And I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not asked to give a positive review.
Murder Comes by Mail is sure to delight cozy mystery fans! Gabhart weaves an intriguing suspense while capturing the essence of small town living and bringing to life a cast of colorful characters.
Equal parts charming and chilling, this mystery kept me guessing until the very end. I loved Deputy Sheriff Keane and his determination to catch a killer and protect the people closest to him. With its twists, turns, and surprises, I thoroughly enjoyed Murder Comes by Mail and am eager to continue this entertaining series in Book 3, Murder Is No Accident!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.