Being a hero was the last thing on Deputy Michael Keane's mind. He was busy driving a busload of silver haired ladies from Hidden Springs to Eagleton, as a favor to his Aunt Lindy. As he drew near the Eagle River Bridge, he saw a man ready to jump. He climbed off the bus and in front of that bus full of people, pulled the man back over the railing. The ladies quickly got off the bus to see what happened and more than one savvy granny snapped pictures with her smart phones. One Hank Leland, owner of the Hidden Springs Gazette, just happened to be there too and was busily snapping pics too. But Hank's pictures were for his next issue of the Gazette. News like this didn't happen in Hidden Springs so he took pictures of the rescue and pictures of the man loaded into an ambulance with a few good shots of Michael with the jumper. Amid the post-rescue chaos the jumper had a few last words for Michael: "You'll wish you'd pushed me."
A.H. Gabhart's Murder Comes by Mail is the second in her Hidden Springs Mystery series. If you have read Murder On The Courthouse Steps, You've already been to Hidden Springs and met the people of this quiet little town full of of characters you couldn't find anyplace else. Nothing ever happens there and they like it that way. Every Wednesday, the Hidden Springs Gazette comes out but on this particular week the paper is full of its home town hero Michael Keane and his heroic rescue of a man who didn't want to be rescued. Uneasy with being the center attention, he is more interested in finding out who the man was and why he said those last haunting words to him. Words that refused to leave him in the days to come.
One day after the "Hometown Hero"story broke, Betty Jean sat opening up the mail as usual at the Sheriff's Office. She was just teasing Michael about the article when she pulled some photos out from a manila envelope when she gasped, becoming clearly upset. Michael jumped from his desk to see what was going on and found grizzly photos taken of a young victim. He dumped the entire contents and found a note from the jumper reminding him that Michael should have let jump.
From then on the story takes an unexpected turn as sleepy Hidden Springs is roused to full alert. One crime leads to another in an uncanny twist leading to Michael. Can he stay one step ahead of the game and protect all those connected to him? I can assure you that this is one good mystery. The plot is well developed in Gabhart's fashion and you will be gripping your seats as you try to turn the pages fast enough. No spoilers here, you will want to read this one yourself! Many thanks to Revell for the advance copy to review and to A.H. Gabhart for many hours of entertainment.
A little about the book (from the back cover) . . .
Doing a good deed never felt so bad
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.
And I thought . . .
it was a great read. A little humor (quirky townsfolk), mystery and just a tab bit of romance. The story line was fast paced and interesting full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the characters and getting to know them.
Although this is the 2nd book in the series I didn't feel confused.
I would love to read book 1. I enjoyed this book.
Even though it is a murder who done it I didn't get a feeling of violence or too much graphic explanations. (the murderer mails photo's of his victims) It is violent in that the murder count ads up. I actually lost track 3 or 4? And of course an attempt at the end.
With that said this was a clean book. No language or bedroom scenes.
Murder Comes In The Mail is categorized as a fiction mystery book and is published by Revell which publishs Christian fiction.
The story begins with Michael the main character driving a bus load of senior ladies from his church to a play.
As Michael struggles with the search for the villain he struggles with just how to handle God's role in all the evil surrounding him
The story line weaves a faith aspect into the story without being overly 'preachie'. Making this book enjoyable for any adult audience. Because of the content I would caution young readers.
The author did an amazing job of weaving the sub characters into the plot making this reader definitely want to visit Hidden Springs
I give this book a 5 stars.
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I received a complimentary copy of Murder Comes By Mail from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.
A Cozy Mystery Complete with a Small Town Full of Charming, Quirky Characters
May 31, 2016
This is such a cozy, easy read mystery. It is unique, at least to me, in the fact that it is told exclusively from the hero's point of view. I've read very few books that are from only the male's point of view. The simplicity in which this book is written gives the book a down to earth feel. I loved the small town feel of Hidden Springs.
As for the characters, they are highly entertaining. They are everything I picture small town folks to be. Each person plays a role in solving the deadly game that has been foisted upon Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane, and sometimes it's quite humorous. Throughout most of the story, we see Michael struggling to let go of his worries so God can work in and around his life. Every Christian can relate to that same struggle (or at least I can)!
Overall, I really enjoyed this sleepy town novel, full of fun, loving people with good intentions and a deadly plot that will keep you guessing until the very end. (Note: this is the second book in the Hidden Springs Mystery series, but it can be read stand alone.)
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
This cozy mystery had a very slow start. While the characters were enjoyable, I found it hard to keep reading for the first eighty pages. Truthfully, if it hadn't been a review book, I would have put it on the shelf.
After the very long build up, things start happening and the pace picks up. It actually became quite interesting. Ms. Gabhart actually had me feeling tense and looking out my blackened windows late at night. ~smile~
There were some clues that made me wonder, but I'd figured out whodunit by about two thirds through the book. Still, the how and why were a mystery.
It was not graphic as murder mysteries go, but I will not give it to my fourteen year old daughter.
If you like cozy mysteries, and you're patient with slow beginnings, you probably will like this book.
About A.H. Gabhart
I received this book for free from Revell books in exchange for an honest review.
Another exciting mystery from A. H. Gabhart! The plot has a few surprises that are not altogether predictable, which lends an air of excitement to the book. The writing is so easy going and laid back; although there are several murders, the actual language of the story is surprisingly rather cozy. Sprinkle in character development and romance and this novel has something for everyone. A few of the characters were harder to connect with for me but overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to more in the series. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a bit of mystery!
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.