Murder Comes by Mail

Murder Comes by Mail

by A. H. Gabhart

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Murder Comes by Mail by A. H. Gabhart

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727055
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: Hidden Springs Mysteries Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 502,084
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A. H. Gabhart is the author of Murder at the Courthouse. As Ann H. Gabhart, she is bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, several Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. Ann grew up in a small rural town much like Hidden Springs. Ann and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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Murder Comes by Mail 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
The second book in A.H. Gabhart’s Hidden Springs Mystery series is every bit as good as the first. Most of the key characters return for another challenging mystery. Several new characters are introduced. The action is fast-paced and exciting, beginning with Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane rescuing a man from jumping off a bridge into the muddy water of the Eagle River far below. The local newspaperman shows up as usual snapping pictures indiscriminately and asking numerous questions. He is still seeking his big story. The events ramp up rapidly and soon there are multiple murders with the evidence pointing to the man Michael saved. Although an Eagleton detective has claimed jurisdiction and tells Michael to leave it alone, the case seems to be chasing him. It’s like he wants to get away from it but someone is determined to pull him in deeper. And Michael grows concerned that the women who are closest to him may be in the man’s sights. Have you ever had a problem you wanted to distance yourself from but circumstances just wouldn’t let you? That’s where Michael found himself. Even though there were several murder victims discovered, the story included enough humorous moments, a smattering of romance, and various other distractions to keep it from being too heavy. Readers of mystery will particularly enjoy the story as you try to figure out who is behind the evil deeds and how the perpetrator is able to remain undiscovered in a small town like Hidden Springs where everyone knows everyone else’s business. I particularly appreciate being able to read a good mystery that does not have vulgar language and gratuitous sex. I recommend the book. Guys who enjoy mystery will enjoy this one since romance is low-key.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
MURDER COMES BY MAIL is the second book in The Hidden Springs Mysteries series but it easily stands alone. Written in the man's point of view, it is different than most cozy mysteries, but Oh, I love Michael. I do. I fell in love with him in book one Murder at the Court House and fell deeper in love with him in MURDER COMES BY MAIL. Michael is a kind, considerate soul, willing to go above and beyond for his aunt, so on his day off, when he'd much rather be fishing, he agreed to take the church ladies to a play thats sounded rather questionable and even had the ladies arguing. When he got to the bridge leading out of town, there was a man getting ready to jump. Maybe. Actually, the man seemed rather indecisive until the photographers arrived and then he was bound and determined to jump, but Michael grabbed him and saved his life. The man thanks him by saying "You'll wish you let me jump..." and sure enough, within days the murders start, pictures of dead females arriving at the sheriff's office, or at the newspaper, or hand delivered to the editor's daughter.... The town is panicking, and Michael is beginning to regret saving the man... Except nothing seems to fit! Since most of the murders happen in another town, another sheriff's department is handling the investigation, and Michael tries to help them out, but the doctor who treated the jumper keeps calling Michael wanting to talk. He won't talk to the sheriff's office handling the case. And that doctor is creepy! This is not a book you want to read at bedtime. It will keep you awake nights. But oh, I do love Michael, and cannot wait for A H Gabhart's next cozy mystery with Michael. Hopefully soon!
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Ann Gabhart's Amish books then I would suggest you also give her cozy mystery series a try. She is a very good author whose writing seems to flow very nicely. This book was a quick read for me. Hidden Springs is one of those towns that we would all like to live in despite the murders that seem to be happening. Although that seems to happen everywhere now. The author did a good job of keeping you on your toes and give you just enough clues to think you know who the killer is but then gives you twist to remind you that you may not have figured it out yet. This story is filled with some great characters. This murder becomes personal for Michael as his family is now being targeted. Take a little trip to Hidden Springs this holiday weekend to help solve the newest mystery in this fun series.
Readanygoodbookslately More than 1 year ago
Gabhart has woven a complicated murder mystery that kept me on my toes for the entire novel. Protagonist Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane has the task of solving a murderer that may be targeting one of his own as the next victim. The community of Hidden Springs is understandably concerned that a murderer is in their midst. Possibly even the man that Deputy Sheriff Keane just saved from a suicide attempt. As the mother of a Deputy Sheriff myself, the action was almost too realistic. I have great admiration for our law enforcement officials. Thanks for your accurate portrayal of an extremely difficult job and of recognizing the risks and the mental turmoil involved on a daily basis in their world. Gabhart gives details that make the reader feel like they are a part of the action. It was almost like the events depicted were happening in your own family instead of in a factious novel. Excellent job! I also like the way Ann Gabhart included the Lord in her plot. It is always inspiring to me that in every walk of life - God is present. We are not alone. Thanks for the inspiration.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
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.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
When I saw that A. H. Gabhart had her second book out in the Hidden Springs Mystery series I grabbed the chance to read it. Her characters are well developed and believable. I really like Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane, the lead in this series. His humbleness and unassuming personality make this mystery very appealing. He becomes the hero in the town early on but then he feels more as an albatross as people are being killed. This book is a delight to read and the suspense keeps you turning the pages until the end. What I enjoy, too, is that Michael is in love with a woman who used to live in his town but now is a big shot attorney who never wants to return to her roots. Michael’s feisty aunt continues to convince him to settle down but Michael likes life the way it is, simple and uncomplicated. I highly recommend Murder Comes by Mail. I received a copy from NetGalley for my honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Murder Comes by Mail is sure to delight cozy mystery fans! Gabhart weaves an intriguing suspense while capturing the essence of small town living and bringing to life a cast of colorful characters. Equal parts charming and chilling, this mystery kept me guessing until the very end. I loved Deputy Sheriff Keane and his determination to catch a killer and protect the people closest to him. With its twists, turns, and surprises, I thoroughly enjoyed Murder Comes by Mail and am eager to continue this entertaining series in Book 3, Murder Is No Accident! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
I just love these books! Ann has a way of pulling you in and making you want to read page after page without putting it down. This book has all the pieces to a good mystery. Intrigue, suspense, even a little bit of checking things out over your shoulder, makes for a fantastic read. I loved this first book in the series and this one was no different. The book begins with our trusted deputy Michael (from book one) doing what he thinks is the right thing to do. He saves a man, but in doing so a string of events happen that look as if they could ruin not only his life but the lives of others around him. There were moments in this book where I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen next. With our favorite Mayberry-like characters back from book one and Ann's fantastic writing style, this book will most definitely be a favorite. I did however figure out the "bad guy" about half way through the book, but there was still a twist I didn't expect. The only negative I had was I wanted to know a little bit more about the bad guy. Why he did it and such. Overall an awesome book and I can't wait to read the next in the series. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. A positive review was not required.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Murder Comes By Mail by A.H. Gabhart is Book Two in the Hidden Springs Mysteries. It’s a wonderful, suspenseful story and although I’d not read the first book, I was able to engage from the beginning without any issues. And now, I’m going back for book one. Michael Keane is a super nice guy, driving a bus filled with little old ladies to a show when he comes across a suicidal man threatening to jump from a bridge. Being the Deputy Sheriff, it’s his responsibility to help the man. One success is lost in a string of murders and Michael’s convinced the suicidal man is the common denominator. Michael is trying desperately to stay ahead in the game before another person ends up dead. I was screaming “I know who done it” and loving the mystery within. This book had me staying up late for “just one more chapter” and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I give it five out of five stars and recommend it for sure. I’d love to tell you more about the story but don’t want to spoil one second of the suspense. So, you’ve just gotta read it for yourself. I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/murder-comes-by-mail-by-a-h-gabhart/
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Wonderful again! Love deputy sheriff Michael Keane. He is so much fun. Love seeing how life is in Hidden Springs. Can Michael get passed being a hero? He saves a man from committing suicide and then isn't sure if he should have saved him. No one is sure if he isn't a serial killer. Did Michael do the right thing? There are many twists and turns in this small town tale. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
RMMcDowell More than 1 year ago
The second installment of A Hidden Springs Mystery series is much like the first. Gabhart excels at character development, continuing to build on characters introduced in her earlier book while drawing in the quirks of additional minor town members. She also raises a decent plot with interesting crimes and murders and just enough action to raise the stakes. Where she falls short is in hiding clues and creating mystery. Once again I knew the murderer and the twists much earlier than I wanted to, Gabhart’s foreshadowing seems forced, and her clues are laying right out in the open. I am drawn to Gabhart’s small-town writing and character development, but I don’t go to Hidden Springs for a mystery I can’t solve. Still, it’s a fun ride to take, and I recommend reading the series if you like sleuthing along and gathering the clues in a quick read. I will likely check out the third book—in the hopes that I will be wrong and will find myself surprised at the end—to see where the characters end up. I received this book from Revell through the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own, and I was under no obligation to right a positive review. This is disclosed according to requirements from the FTC.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Sheriff Michael Keane is back in the news again. This time for saving a man from jumping off a remote bridge that the Sheriff just happened to be driving by with a bus full of ladies. Flung in to the headlines as the local hero, Michael lets it roll off his back. He's not a fan of being the center of attention, especially saving a man who didn't want to be saved. When all the hype dies down, pictures show up in the mail of a dead girl and Michael has a very good idea of who the killer is. Now he just needs to find him to put all of the uneasiness to rest. Pro's: Gabhart does a great job again of writing a light mystery/suspense novel filled with quirky characters and the small town life. She does a great job pulling you in to the ordinary life of a little town off the beaten path. Even with this being book two in The Hidden Springs Mysteries, it's pretty easy to jump in and follow along. Con's: There seemed to be a few lull spots throughout the story where it felt like something should be happening instead of the story just coasting along. Recommendation: If you enjoy light reading with a flare of mystery, you will enjoy this story. And read the first book too! Revell sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
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 again. I give this book a 5 stars. Image result for 5 stars I received a complimentary copy of Murder Comes By Mail from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
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.*
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderful small town mystery! This is a stand-alone story. The mystery from the previous book is mentioned briefly in passing. It has no bearing at all on the new case though. I enjoyed my second visit to Hidden Springs, Kentucky. The cast of characters is just as quirky as they were in book one. They seem to have all recovered from last year’s crazy mystery. Michael especially has been able to get over the shock and settle back into his small town life and police work. I really like how down-to-earth Aunt Lindy is. She is doing her best to help keep Michael grounded and mindful of the need to pray. Once again though Michael is thrust into the middle of a very puzzling case and needs the help of his friends and neighbors to sort things out. This time he has to also cooperate with the police detectives from Eagleton, the larger city nearby. There are a lot of incredible twists and turns. As soon as I felt that I was starting to understand what was happening another clue was dumped on me and I was again trying to figure out how everything fit together. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ann H. Gabhart in her new book, “Murder Comes By Mail” Book Two in the A Hidden Springs Mystery series published by Revell gives us another adventure with Michael Keane. 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. Readers will love racing along with Deputy Sheriff Keane as the clock ticks in this page-turning mystery. Welcome back to “Hidden Springs”, a wonderful little town in Kentucky. Deputy Michael feels he has become a media darling and that is the reason for the rise in deaths. Now he has to find out who the murderer really is because his loved ones are going to be targets. Ms. Gabhart has written a wonderful story full of interesting characters that we come to know and love as we read through the book. I had no idea of who the murderer was until this person was revealed. Ms. Gabhart does a great job of making us feel that we are there in “Hidden Springs” and living the events rather than just reading about them. Ms. Gabhart has a real knack for writing mysteries. I am so looking forward to the next mystery with Deputy Michael. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Teresa More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I just finished Murder Comes By Mail and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Our poor hero is about to go crazy trying to protect his loved ones from a killer that he is unable to understand or find. It all started because he saved someone from committing suicide. How can doing the right thing be so wrong? It is considered a cozy mystery but at times it had me up from my cozy chair and pacing while I read.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “Bad things happen. Sometimes because they just happen. And sometimes like this. … Because of somebody evil. Some kind of monster.” ** Murder returns to the quaint town of Hidden Springs in A.H. Gabhart’s “Murder Comes by Mail.” While driving the town’s senior ladies to see a play, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane stumbles across a man who is threatening to jump off the town bridge. Keane’s quick actions save the man, who gives his name as Jack Smith (as well as Jack Jackson), and who promises Michael will regret saving him. What follows is an intense thriller, as photos of murdered women start arriving — at Michael’s office, with the newspaper editor’s daughter, and with Michael’s special friend, the lovely Alex Sheridan. As Michael and the neighboring city’s police department try to find Jackson and stop the murders, the case gets more and more personal — targeting those close to Michael — and more and more bizarre — where clues start to point to Michael as the perpetrator. Even though this is mostly a murder mystery, even almost a psychological thriller, it has some chuckle-inducing moments and some slight spiritual themes — such as learning when to hand situations over to the Lord, and that God uses us to overcome evil. Gabhart does a great job of capturing the essence of small town living — her book almost reads as if murder came to Mayberry. And she does a great job of building up the murder mystery, offering just enough misdirection and twists to keep the reader guessing. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “Bad things happen. Sometimes because they just happen. And sometimes like this. … Because of somebody evil. Some kind of monster.” ** Murder returns to the quaint town of Hidden Springs in A.H. Gabhart’s “Murder Comes by Mail.” While driving the town’s senior ladies to see a play, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane stumbles across a man who is threatening to jump off the town bridge. Keane’s quick actions save the man, who gives his name as Jack Smith (as well as Jack Jackson), and who promises Michael will regret saving him. What follows is an intense thriller, as photos of murdered women start arriving — at Michael’s office, with the newspaper editor’s daughter, and with Michael’s special friend, the lovely Alex Sheridan. As Michael and the neighboring city’s police department try to find Jackson and stop the murders, the case gets more and more personal — targeting those close to Michael — and more and more bizarre — where clues start to point to Michael as the perpetrator. Even though this is mostly a murder mystery, even almost a psychological thriller, it has some chuckle-inducing moments and some slight spiritual themes — such as learning when to hand situations over to the Lord, and that God uses us to overcome evil. Gabhart does a great job of capturing the essence of small town living — her book almost reads as if murder came to Mayberry. And she does a great job of building up the murder mystery, offering just enough misdirection and twists to keep the reader guessing. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murder Comes by Mail is book 2 in The Hidden Mystery series written by A. H. Gabhart. Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is taking a group of ladies to watch a play when he sees a man trying to jump off a bridge. He stops the bus and saves the man from jumping. The man tells him “ You'll wish you pushed me”. Shortly after this incident young ladies start showing up dead. The murderer sends photos by mail. Michael feels he is being set up and the women close to him are in danger. I like this book. It is fun to read. The setting is in a small town with characters that are sometimes funny, but very strong people. They are caring people who do what they have to do to protect their loved ones. I especially like the strength Aunt Lindy shows. Once the story is developed, it moves very quickly with a lot of action and suspense. Even though this is labeled as a Christian mystery, the Christian aspect is minimal. I was given a copy of this book from Revell for an honest review.
StacyA64 More than 1 year ago
A. H. Gabhart’s Murder Comes by Mail is the second book in the Hidden Springs mystery series and it drops the reader right down in the lives of the inhabitants of sleepy, little Hidden Springs like we’d never been away. All though there are quite a few characters we’re familiar with, it is the handsome deputy sheriff, Michael Keane, who is at the center of things. Murder Comes by Mail opens with Michael driving a church bus filled with the ladies of The First Baptist Church of Hidden Springs to see a play in nearby Eagleton. As the bus approaches the Eagle River bridge Michael spots a man standing on the wrong side of the railing. A jumper! Michael ends up saving the man’s life and thanks to Hank, who runs the local newspaper, has his face in the papers and on the TV news where he’s being called a hero. There is something about the jumper that bothers Michael from the very beginning and he has a bad feeling that turns out to be spot on. When the jumper walks out of the hospital women start turning up dead! Photos of the women both alive and after death are sent to Michael and others who are close to him. All of the women after the first one have at least a minor connection to Michael and he fears for all the women he is close to. There is a monster on the loose in Hidden Springs and not everything is as it seems. Can Michael stop the killer before he kills again…..and before he convinces everyone that Michael is the killer?! You can find out in Murder Comes by Mail. It’s an entertaining read and has plenty of twists to keep you guessing. The Christian theme isn’t strong, but it’s a “clean” read and that was really nice. On the whole, I think you’ll enjoy it.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Trailing Murder, Ask Most Important Question... Michael Keane is the deputy in the sleepy little town of Hidden Springs. He gains unwanted notoriety as a hero when he saves a stranger from jumping off the local bridge. "You'll wish you pushed me," grits out the ungrateful fellow. AH Gabhart's book, Murder Comes by Mail, is book two of the Hidden Springs Mysteries. The story churns laboriously at first, seemingly moving at the pace of the old, quiet, back-woods town itself. Finally, about half-way through, the dam breaks and all you-know what starts to break lose. Unfortunately, it centers around the deputy. First, people close to him are unsafe, then the hot-shot detective from the next town over decides that where there's smoke, there's fire. The maelstrom, as he sees it, has Mike in the middle, so he must be guilty. The last half of the book is so exciting, it almost makes up for the lackluster beginning. Hank Leland is a great quirky character that you'll love to hate, right along with the rest of the town. Great quote:"...every man has his demons. The successful man is he who learns to control his." The burning question is, which character's demons are causing a rash of murders and fear in this town? I gratefully received a copy of this book from the Revellreads program.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
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 is the second book in the Hidden Springs Mystery Series. It is not necessary to read the first book to read and enjoy this one. Although I recommend reading it as it is just as good as this book. The main character is Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane. At one time he was a big city police officer. But now he is back home where life is much slower and very little crime happens. Until now. It seems someone is out to frame his for the murders that are taking place in town. He is also in fear for those close to him as those being killed have a connection to him in some way. If you are looking for a good mystery, this book is for you. It has several surprises along the way. I recommend this book to everyone. I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Murder Come by Mail is the second installment from the Hidden Springs Mystery series. I just love Ann H Gabhart's books. She writes such a variety of stories and they are wonderful! Murder Comes by Mail is no exception. I just love the small town feel and fun characters. Such a wonderful mystery. 100 plus stars.