I just love these books! Ann has a way of pulling you in and making you want to read page after page without putting it down. This book has all the pieces to a good mystery. Intrigue, suspense, even a little bit of checking things out over your shoulder, makes for a fantastic read. I loved this first book in the series and this one was no different.
The book begins with our trusted deputy Michael (from book one) doing what he thinks is the right thing to do. He saves a man, but in doing so a string of events happen that look as if they could ruin not only his life but the lives of others around him.
There were moments in this book where I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen next. With our favorite Mayberry-like characters back from book one and Ann's fantastic writing style, this book will most definitely be a favorite. I did however figure out the "bad guy" about half way through the book, but there was still a twist I didn't expect. The only negative I had was I wanted to know a little bit more about the bad guy. Why he did it and such.
Overall an awesome book and I can't wait to read the next in the series.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. A positive review was not required.
As soon as I finished the first book in this series, Murder at the Courthouse, I was wanting to read more in The Hidden Springs Series. Unfortunately I had to wait 8 months to do so, but book two finally came out.
It is rare for a female author to have a male as the main character in a book, much less a series. I think that is one reason I like this series so well. I like the main character a lot, and it is a nice change to read a book that centers on a man and his view, instead of the usual female.... not that I have anything against women.
At the end of the previous book, the author gave a few pages from the beginning of this book to tease the reader. I unfortunately read that, and it made me all the more eager to read this book. It definitely did not disappoint. In addition to bringing back the main character, the author also brought back most of the other characters that played a part in Murder At the Courthouse.
The plot in Murder Comes By Mail was totally different than in the first book, and even better in my opinion. There were a lot of surprises along the way, and I didn't know what was going to happen next. I did have a suspect in mind and it turned out to be right, but that didn't make the book any less suspenseful or enjoyable to read. I in fact read it in one evening as I couldn't put it down, and stayed up far later than I should have to finish it. I definitely recommend it and the other book in the Hidden Springs Series.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Imagine, if you will, sitting down with a hamburger made by Coke or watching a television manufactured by Ford. While Coke and Ford excel in their perspective fields, dont you ever wonder if they could translate that same type of success into another business venture? Ann Gabhart has done that with this quirky series of books around Hidden Springs. Ms. Gabhart is best known for her contemporary novels as well as her Shaker novels, but she sure has a hit on her hand here in the mystery and intrigue genre.
You see a man about to jump off a bridge, your natural instinct is to do everything you can to save him from ending his life. Thats exactly what Deputy Sheriff Keane did and he may have just set in motion a chain of events that may cost him a life close to him. The chilling last words from the jumper after Michael took him down come back to haunt him as pictures of dead bodies begin to arrive in the mail. Are these pictures taken by the life of the jumper he just saved or is there someone more sinister lurking in their little town? As the pressure mounts and more photographs are received, Michael races against the clock to make sure the next picture isnt of someone close to him. So what are you waiting for?? Put down the camera and go BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Ive read some novels that tend to take forever to get into and then pull you ever so slowly to the final resolution. Those books can be as much fun as a root canal. How nice it is that this book isnt like that. This is the second book in the Hidden Springs series, although it can technically be read without having to read the first book. I will admit, though, that I did go out and buy the first book in the series and read it before I read this one and I wasnt disappointed in the first book either. Ms. Gabhart has created some believable characters and has definitely captured the essence of the small town. Need to find the Sheriff, just go down to the diner, he should always be down there. I loved the flow of the book, very light fare that allowed me to get whisked away in its simplicity. I would liken this to a Mary Higgens Clark or an Agatha Christie novel, pure enjoyment with a great whodunit thrown in.
Is this a "guy's book"? Its light, its fluffy, but its definitely worth the time to read. There are some tense moments, some police procedural items and plenty of action in this small town. I think any guy would get some enjoyment by picking up this book, even both books in this series.
Wonderful again! Love deputy sheriff Michael Keane. He is so much fun. Love seeing how life is in Hidden Springs. Can Michael get passed being a hero? He saves a man from committing suicide and then isn't sure if he should have saved him. No one is sure if he isn't a serial killer. Did Michael do the right thing? There are many twists and turns in this small town tale. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
The second book in the Hidden Springs Mystery series, Murder Comes By Mail, is a fun and witty continuation of Michael Keanes adventures and mishaps in his quiet hometown of Hidden Springs. The characters are realistic, each with their own traits and personalities. I like Michaels character as well as his spunky Aunt Lindy. At times the plot was a little predictable, but regardless I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded. I loved the small town feel of Hidden Springs and Im looking forward to the third book in this series. I received this book from Revell in exchange for my review.