Murder Comes by Mail (Hidden Springs Mystery Series #2)A. H. Gabhart, Ann H. Gabhart, A. H. Gabhart
Murder Comes by Mail is the second book in the Hidden Springs Mystery series by Ann H. GabhartDeputy 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 fron... Read More
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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.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 3, 2016
- UPC: 9780800727055
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: May 17, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042060"
- ISBN: 0800727053
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 8/11/2016
Murder Comes by Mail brings us back to Hidden Springs and all of its quirky yet lovable characters. Since we last visited in Murder at the Courthouse life has gone on with the same daily happenings that the citizens have come to expect.
When we catch up with them Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is doing his christian duty by transporting the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class from First Baptist over to Eagleton to see a play. Michael is less than thrilled but of course when his Aunt Lindy makes a request it is next to impossible to turn it down.
The trip is hot but uneventful. That is until they are about to cross the bridge. As they approach the bridge Michael spots a man that is obviously about to jump and take his life. Michael stops the bus and ultimately pulls the man from the ledge. Instead of being grateful the man leaves Michael with a parting comment. "You'll wish you'd pushed me."
As the mystery deepens and unfurls cryptic letters begin to arrive in Hidden Springs. Why is this happening? Who was the mysterious jumper? Even though the jurisdiction for the incident is in Eagleton more and more of the clues keep arriving in Hidden Springs.
The first book in the series read like a cozy mystery. This installment has more of a psychological thriller feel. I enjoyed the journey as the mystery is solved. I was led back and forth trying to figure out who exactly was behind everything. In the end it was a big surprise even though breadcrumbs of clues were left all along the path.
I'm really liking Ann Gabhart's writing in this genre. I've come to love her other novels so it is a great delight to have another type of storytelling to be entertained with. If you enjoy a cozy mystery that is clean but has depth you should give this series a try.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Loved this Mystery by Seasons of Opportunities on 6/27/2016
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.
- great read, read it in one evening by Mark on 6/13/2016
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.
- Main Street, U.S.A.; a town much like Hidden Springs? by Kathleen E. on 5/30/2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Murder Comes by Mail ~ a cozy mystery by A. H. Gabhart, © 2016
A Hidden Springs Mystery, Book 2
Main Street, U.S.A.; a town much like Hidden Springs?
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane
How could anything happen on the way over to Eagleton with the blue-haired ladies? Always seems to be an adventure when I volunteer to drive them.... Volunteer? Coerced is a better word. On a beautiful day at the turn of the bridge, a man is not so sure of his grip until two of the ladies flash their cameras at him. Exhilarating for the townspeople to have pictures being in the newspaper the next day. Not much happens in Hidden Springs. Could be why I am trying to settle down here away from the cluster of activity in the big city.
I'm the press guy for the Hidden Springs Gazette, best local newspaper coming out on Wednesdays, in our area anyway. When the nearby towns get a whiff of my front page photos, all the other editors will be clamoring for a piece, at a price, of course. Dusting off my camera, I finally have some trading to do. Some guy deciding whether to jump off that Eagle River bridge, famous for previous attempts in the past. Well, one guy made it to tell about it. Those others just washed down. Morbid, I know. Alert Deputy Keane took care of his plan. A rescuing hero for my paper, I'd say!
As if I don't have enough to do here at Sheriff Potter's office when they are out galavanting around town! Now the phone is ringing constantly and I have used up almost all of a pink pad of While You Were Out slips. Finally writing "ditto" on most of them, our handsome Deputy Keane has made a ruckus instead of just driving those chatty ladies to the play. Here's another excuse for that pesky Hank to show up here at the courthouse again. Always snooping around for "what I might know," he says.
Just as things start to settle down, that "head" doctor calls the office to say the jumper-elect has jumped restriction and left the evaluation floor. Who knows him, anyway? Probably on his way to pick up his beat-up car at T.R.'s towing.
As this quiet little Kentucky town becomes anything but, the department has a lot on its hands, especially Deputy Keane ~ The Rescuer. Why couldn't he have taken the main road that day instead of going by Eagle River?
Silence isn't always golden. The mail delivery is getting more active. Join this cozy mystery and see if you can figure out the perpetrator. Hopefully, it is not a hometown set-up. Watch for clues along the way.
***Thank you to Revell Reads for inviting me to come along on this May book tour for A. H. Gabhart's Murder Comes by Mail and sending me a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- What Would You Do? by Becky on 5/19/2016
Everything changed from the time Deputy Sheriff Keane stopped a man from committing suicide. After Keane tackled Jackie Johnson to keep him from jumping off the bridge, Johnson told him, "You'll wish you pushed me." Almost from that moment on, everything started going wrong for the Deputy.
This is a terrifying story of people that Keane knows being targeted, and brutally killed by a serial killer. Horrifying pictures of the victims begin arriving at the newspaper in the small-town of Hidden Springs that Keane lives in. Other pictures are sent to Keane's office. Some of the evidence seems to point to Johnson being the killer, but certain things aren't adding up if he is the one doing it. For instance, Johnson seemed like a very simple man. But these killings are the work of a highly intelligent, albeit sick, mind.
The only thing Keane knows is the killer always seems to be at least one step ahead of him, and doesn't waste much time between killing one person, and moving on to his next victim. While trying to protect those Keane loves, along with trying to stop the mysterious madman, the deputy suddenly finds himself snared in a trap the killer has set for him. The Deputy is being framed for these murders.
Who is next? Deputy Keane has been running himself ragged trying to protect those he cares about. Will anyone believe that Keane is really the killer, and keep him in jail? What will become of Keane's Aunt Lindy, along with his good friend Alex? Both of these women seem to be the killer's next targets. Will jailing Keane take away their protection, and make one or both of them the killer's next victims?
This story is told from a Christian point of view, but parts of it are very chilling, and intense. I have a very active imagination, so this is right on the very edge of what I could read without it keeping me awake at night. This is the second book in the Hidden Springs Mystery Series, but this installment stands on its own, and it isn't necessary to read the first one to appreciate this one. This 5-star book is recommended for anyone who enjoys intense mysteries, as long as, the reader is not bothered by serial killers being part of the story.
The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Murder Comes by Mail through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.
- Back In Hidden Springs by Maureen on 5/17/2016
We are back in sleepy Hidden Springs, and back with old friends, and then you always have the evil ones.
Aunt Lindy, the town’s favorite schoolteacher, and her ferocious cat Grimalkin are here, along with her nephew Michael, and we are reunited with Alexander. You will come to the conclusion that Michael and Alex still haven’t decided that they are meant for one another, or have they?
This book will keep you guessing as to who or whom is committing the heinous crime of murder. All clues point to the man who was going to commit suicide and jump off the local bridge, but does someone want you to think this or is this man doing these murders, he did say that Michael would regret saving him.
This is a story that will keep you page-turning as you have to keep reading to find out whom the perp is. Enjoyable mystery and quick read.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Murder mystery with a clean cast of characters by SavingsInSeconds.com on 4/8/2016
How can you go wrong with a book about a murder mystery in a small town? Hidden Springs reminds me of Mayberry, and Michael Keane bears a certain resemblance to a young Andy Griffith. I appreciated the clean cast of characters that filled out the story, from plucky Aunt Lindy to the local paparazzi news reporter. I could imagine certain characters in my mind, and that's always fun!
The murder scenes were slightly graphic in description. If that tends to bother you, it's easy to bypass the rather gory details if necessary. Gabhart does an excellent job of developing the storyline through a slow build rather than through a tremendous crash. There's an element of romance trailing through the plot as well, but it's not overwhelming. It takes a nice spot over on the back burner, which pleasantly allows the mystery to be at the forefront.
There were a few things that kept me from giving Murder Comes By Mail 5 stars. First, I was rather put off by the overuse of the word "psycho" when referencing the serial killer. Additionally, there were some obvious blunders and details overlooked by the law enforcement officials that seemed slightly ridiculous. These things gave the impression that Hidden Springs, and perhaps small towns in general, are uneducated and unskilled. I don't believe that at all, so it took away some of the genuine charm of Hidden Springs for me. Still, I'd definitely continue reading this series. This book held my interest, and I liked the setting very much.
Don't hesitate to dive right into this mystery, even if you didn't read the first Hidden Springs novel. Enough background story is provided to catch up new readers. You'll feel right at home in Hidden Springs!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions shared are mine.