A Cozy Mystery Complete with a Small Town Full of Charming, Quirky Characters
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.
Readers will love racing along with Deputy Sheriff Keane as the clock ticks in this page-turning mystery.
Gabhart's second Hidden Springs mystery (after Murder at the Courthouse) returns readers to the office of Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane, where another murder is under investigation in the sleepy Kentucky town, this time with taunts and clues mailed from the killer. Michael rescues suicidal Jack Smith from jumping off a bridge, and feels unsettled when Jack warns that he would soon wish he'd pushed him from the bridge instead. But everyone assures heroic Michael that he has nothing to worry about until the first set of pictures arrives, and a body is found in nearby Eagleton. When Michael tries to share information with the Eagleton police, he's treated as nothing more than a country bumpkin. But he's no amateur sleuth: Michael has big-city police experience and doesn't need much help to start piecing things together himself. Gabhart fills Hidden Springs an intimate town where everyone knows everyone and a secret is hard to keep with a delightful, colorful cast of characters. The commentary of Betty Jean Atkins, the sheriff's receptionist, and her interactions with Hank Leland, a newspaper reporter, provide much-needed humor throughout the story. Gabhart keeps the mystery engaging until the very end. Some questions go unanswered, but the resolutions satisfy and the scene is set for Deputy Sheriff Keane to solve many more murders in Hidden Springs. Readers can expect Christian themes but no overt faith elements.