Monday, May 30, 2016
Murder Comes by Mail by A. H. Gabhart
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.
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.