Murder at the Courthouse (Hidden Springs Mystery) by A. H. Gabhart {Cozy Mystery Review}

Cozy Mystery

Michael Keane's stressful days as a Columbus police officer are done. He's ready to relax into his new position as deputy sheriff in his sleepy hometown. Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky--and that's just fine with Michael.

Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. 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 you guessing.


My Thoughts

Ann Gabhart's first foray into the cozy mystery category is fabulous! I've always enjoyed her writing so it was no surprise that this new genre was a great fit for her as well. She took all of the elements that I love in a cozy mystery and combined them to come up with an engaging and entertaining read.

The small town of Hidden Springs is a sleepy little place where nothing much happens. But things take a turn when eccentric Miss Willadean Dearmon comes upon a dead body on the courthouse steps. Believe it or not this part was kind of funny. Miss Willadean thought the man was just being rude to her by not acknowledging her greeting. When she mentioned the snub to Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane she speculates that he is possibly a drunken bum. Deputy Keane says he'll take care of it but soon discovers that the drunken bum is in fact a dead man and the investigation begins.

Murder at the Courthouse strikes a good balance with its humor and serious situations. I was delighted to slowly watch the mystery unfold and I was even more thrilled to not figure out the total scenario surrounding the murder until very late in the story. 

If you are looking for a great read on a cold winter night get this one! There's a bit of everything thrown in with the mystery, humor, and romance so it should appeal to a wide audience. 

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