Murder Is No Accident

Murder Is No Accident

by A. H. Gabhart


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ISBN-13: 9780800727109
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Hidden Springs Mysteries Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 504,335
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A. H. Gabhart is the author of Murder at the Courthouse and Murder Comes by Mail. As Ann H. Gabhart, she is the 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 Kentucky town much like Hidden Springs, and today she and her husband live on a farm nearby. Learn more at

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Murder Is No Accident 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am excited to see what's in store for the small town of Hidden Springs. I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I like this series. They are well written and a fast paced easy read just as you would expect the perfect cozy to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this series. It was fun and enjoyable
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane’s simple job in his little town changes to high stress when a realtor, engaged in selling a home accidentally falls down the house’s staircase. She dies from her injury. No one considers this incident a murder but Michael senses something awry. As one of the oldest homes in town, this three story mansion carries a history of falls. The citizens maintain closed mouths not assisting Michael at all. Is there something sinister occurring in his domain? I thoroughly enjoyed this third novel in the Hidden Springs Mystery series. This can be read as a stand alone but the fascinating people living in Hidden Springs will grow on you in each book. A. H. Gabhart has written another hit! Hopefully, another in the series is coming. I need to know what Michael does about his true love! NetGalley and Revell provided a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Murder is No Accident is a delightful cozy mystery! The third book in The Hidden Springs Mystery series, Gabhart once again treats readers to an entertaining whodunit. I thoroughly enjoy the antics and adventures of the colorful characters who reside in Hidden Springs. When tragedy strikes and danger threatens, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane races to the rescue. I have enjoyed Michael’s misadventures throughout this series and welcome any opportunity to revisit this quaint and quirky community! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice rainy day lay on couch with a cup of coffee kind of book ! ?
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"Murder is No Accident" by author A.H. Gabhart is book three in the Hidden Springs Mystery series. This 339 page paperback is published by Revell and has an interesting crime scene cover, complete with the cat! Even though this is book three, it can be read as a stand alone. I am drawn to author Gabhart's writing. Her style is flawless. The mixture of eccentric, normal, old, and young characters provides someone for everyone to relate to and giggle. The dialogue and colloquialisms used in the author's books are delightful. This one is no exception. Her characters are a vivid mix that pull readers into the small town. Their conversations flow effortlessly. The story was well planned, well defined, and well written. In Book 3 we venture back to the small town of Hidden Springs, Kentucky to reunite with old friends and make new ones. Don't worry if you haven't been before because you won't be lost. This delightful town has had a bit of excitement already with a couple of deaths that required solving and this third book has sheriff's deputy Michael Keane with another mystery on his hands. Someone has been murdered in the old Chandler mansion. Everyone wants to help solve the case and peek inside the house to view the crime scene. The town is buzzing with who might be the murderer and if they're all safe, even the deputy. A lot of current topics are touched on in this good read. The author tackles dementia, greed, safety of children, and gossiping. She discretely weaves inspirational messages in the story. For example gossiping being wrong, "Now I'm not one to gossip but....". Friends, family, faith, and serving in church are prevalent. Gabhart is such an excellent author. With some twists and turns thrown in I changed my mind a few times on the guilty party. That makes a mystery book fun to read. I would recommend this to anyone that likes small town novels, clean Christian novels, and mysteries. Men and women alike will enjoy it. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by the author for my review but this is my honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
These just keep getting better. I love this town. No one wants an accident to be considered a murder, especially the Deputy Sheriff. Michael just wants a peaceful day of fishing but that is not what he gets. I love all these characters and hope Michael will find happiness soon. I look forward to many more books in this series. I did not want to put this book down. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Another great story in Hidden Springs! I enjoyed meeting Deputy Sheriff Michael, his aunt Malinda high school math teacher, Reese the next door neighbor; Betty Jean the 'Jill' of all trades at the police station. And Michael's love interest Alex. I wasn't fond of Alex. Who kept Michael at arms length. A few new characters joined the party in Miss Fonda the owner of the mansion, Maggie Green who ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time,Anthony the older boy from the church group who is interested in Maggie. And a few others Miss Fonda's nephew who wants to sell the mansion. A couple of newcomers to town who've opened new businesses that seemed to have some hidden agenda's. Are they suspects? As Michael looks for clue's things get murky and twisty turny. All while Michael is trying to establish a permanent relationship with Alex who's come back to town because he uncle Reese has a mild stroke. Murder Is No Accident is indeed a page turner and gets my 5 star rating. I enjoyed Murder Is No Accident and Murder Comes in The Mail. I look forward to returning to Hidden Springs. I received a complimentary copy from Revell books.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, MURDER IS NO ACCIDENT is the third book in Ms. Gabhart's Hidden Springs Mystery series. I hope there will be more. I dearly love Michael. A house shrouded in mystery. Deaths ranging from the past to present. A congressman. An antique dealer. A murder writer. And a tower room where a young teen likes to daydream. Is the past murder tied in with the present? Or are the deaths unfortunate accidents? When another man is found dead, questions are raised. And Michael doesn't have a clue. Just a romance that seems to be dying a slow, agonizing death. I thought I had who-dun-it figured out. But then my suspect turned up dead. I couldn't sleep. I made a list of possible suspects, but couldn't quite put my finger on it... You know a writer is good when a reader goes to that much work! I absolutely love this series. If you like cozy mysteries, you'll want to read MURDER IS NO ACCIDENT. You can read it as a stand-alone, but you will want to read Murder on the Courthouse and Murder Comes by Mail.
TLPPA More than 1 year ago
Murder is No Accident is the 3rd book in A.H. Gabhart's Hidden Springs Mystery series. In many ways, this book is really a stand-alone book, and you do not need to have read the previous two books to be able to understand this book. The stories take place in the town of Hidden Springs. Hidden Springs is kind of like the any-town USA, packed with characters that are sometimes lovable, sometimes odd, but mostly not too well developed (except for the leads). I had hoped that the characters would become as unique and vibrant as those of some other small-town series I've read in the past (e.g.,. Mitford), but the book really lacked in this department.   I tried really hard to get through the book and could not finish it. I would describe Murder is No Accident as a "Cozy Mystery" and, for me, it was a little too, well, boring. Perhaps I'm not the target market for this book? It just didn't really flow too well, the characters sort of popped in and out, and the story just never built enough momentum for me to stick with it. I can really enjoy a mystery novel from time to time, and in fact just recently finished one from Agatha Christie. What's unfortunate for Gabhart's book, is that even when compared to a mystery novel that's almost 100 years old, Murder is No Accident just really fell flat.   One point to note is that while the concept of reading a mystery novel from the perspective of fifteen-year-old is sort of unique for a typical adult mystery novel, there are HUNDREDS of YA Christian mystery alternative. These other novels are written from the same perspective but with more suspense, character development, and captivating plot lines that any adult would love. I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A great small town cozy mystery! The mystery story itself is a stand-alone plot. Life is progressing for the main characters, is the only way that this novel fits into the series. If having that make sense is important to you read the series in order. I love the quirky characters in Hidden Springs! We meet some new ones in this third installment in the mysterious goings on in town. A family that has lived there forever is brought in and some newcomers show up. The initial interaction between characters from the earlier books and the newly introduced ones are very easy to relate with. It is fun to try and figure out who the “bad” guys are. Some of the quirky ones can come across as bad at times and really confuse the issue. I received a free copy of this book through the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to share my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Michael Keane find himself in the midst of another murder. How does the quaint little town he grew up in yet again become the news of murder? Travel with him through his findings to discovery who the culprit is! A.H. Gabhart does it once again with her talent of spinning a murder tale entwined with a sleepy, cozy town to produce a story that keeps you reading along. Not suspenseful like other novels, Gabhart crafts a sweet story with a splash of mystery, throws in a bit of love and you have Murder is No Accident. If you enjoy a not-so-heavy murder mystery full of suspense and violence, you will enjoy this book. My recommendation would be to read the first two books in this series. Not only because they are good, but it will help place the characters and their relationships that are already formed. Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Maybe one of my favorite things about this series is the small town setting. As I am reading I can totally picture this happening in my town. Hidden Springs is a small town where everyone pretty much knows everyone. There are a few characters new-to-town in this book, business owners attempting to start a couple of small businesses on main. Although the town's people are friendly enough, they have their reservations about these new entrepreneurs. Are they going to help or hinder? Ann always gets her books started off interesting. First chapter reveals a mystery and a murder, or was that an accident? Someone witnessed it, but who? As history repeats itself, will an old case be revisited and a case re-opened? Michael, a police officer, is the town's main man - as it seems the sheriff is often absent in these books. He left big city life, because he wanted a more quiet pace. But crime is everywhere even in small towns. The lovable characters in this book include, Ms Fonda, owner of the old Chandler place, who suffers from dementia. Maggie is a young teen girl that comes from a struggling family. He father just lost his job and is dealing with some alcoholic problems. Anthony, was in a previous book and it was such a joy to see him in this book again showing lots of character growth! And of course Michael's aunt Lindy, her neighbor Reece and his beautiful, high-profile lawyer from D.C. Alex, whom Michael has had a crush on seeming like forever. After a second murder, which certainly was no accident, the whole town is a bit on edge. Michael is doing his best to protect the young girl, who has been threatened and her family, while trying to figure out just how to tell Alex he loves her. Time is passing and neither of them are getting any younger, yet both seem so caught up in their careers a chance at love looks slim. Will they be able to scale the obstacles and give love another try? I would re-read this series in a heartbeat. I enjoyed every book. Ann captured my attention throughout the whole story and kept it. At the end.... I wanted more! To me, that says - awesome author! I don't know if this would qualify as a cozy mystery, but that is what it feels like to me. I like the small town setting, the characters, their vulnerability, their openness, and the way it seems like it could really have happened. You feel like you know them, you want to be part of their lives, you root for them to find the killer, and recuperate from the tragedy. You want to see their lives end well and get back to normal, to see the Hidden Springs legacy go on. Ann does an awesome job of presenting a variety of possibilities for the murder suspect, and keeps you guessing til the end. Even though you think you know, you just can't quite pin-point the culprit. I received this book free from Revell to read. I was not obligated to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. Thanks Ann for another amazing adventure.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
Michael Keane, the deputy sheriff, is on the case again for this third mystery in Hidden Springs. He is a young single man who helps out in his local church with the youth group as well as looking out for his older aunt who raised him after the loss of his parents and other folks in town. He has an ongoing complicated relationship with a woman he has known from his childhood who is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. I have all three books in the series... I wrote a review for the second one and loved it so much I bought the first one to go with it. The third one is hitting shelves now. They can definitely be read as stand-alone books but I have enjoyed getting to know the people of Hidden Springs very much through the series. Gabhart jumps right to the murder in this one from the opening. It pulled me in right away and I have a hard time putting these books down because they are paced well and are written well. These books are kind of "Mitford" meets "Jesse Stone and Paradise" for me... I love both! Fifteen year old Maggie Greene assists her mother in cleaning the old Chandler place in Hidden Springs. The home belongs to a woman with dementia named Miss Fonda who currently resides in the local retirement care facility. On occasion Maggie sneaks in to spend time in the tower room to get away from the world and write, read or just gaze out the window. On this particular day she realizes that she is not alone in the house. She quietly waits and listens as she hears footsteps and voices. She did not want to be caught and be accused of breaking in and trespassing. In a matter of minutes she hears angry voices and then a commotion on the stairs. A woman shrieks and then there is a thump that shakes the upstairs. Maggie hears a door opening and closing. Once she emerged from hiding she saw the body of a local realtor Mrs. Geraldine Harper lying lifeless at the bottom of the top staircase. She knew she needed to get help but she could not let anyone know she was there. She looked around and took Mrs. Harper's phone and dialed 911.... the operator on the other end prompted Maggie to "respond if you can" and all Maggie could say was.... "She can't. She's dead." She hangs up the phone and then puts the phone down by Mrs. Harper's purse. Maggie makes her escape unseen... so she thinks. The body is discovered and the conclusion is made that it was an accident but Maggie knows better... will she come forward to tell Michael Keane or anyone else what she knows? Join this cast of charming small town characters as they uncover surprises along the way to discovering if this really was an accidental death or if this is something more sinister. This book was provided to me free of charge from Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group) in exchange for an honest read and review.
sheep23 More than 1 year ago
Murder is No Accident: A Hidden Springs Mystery by A.H. Gabhart This the first book by A.H. Gabhart, known as Ann H. Gabhart to many, that I've read and it was a fast paced and intriguing work of fiction. One of the key elements of the story is the cantankerous nature of the characters in the story, from Deputy Michael Keane, to Aunt Lindy, and Reece, each member at some point in the story rubs each other wrongly and suspicions remain. In any good story, there must be a bit of uneasiness in the plot that moves the story along. I found this book to be amusing and easy to follow, and the clues were there to keep you guessing. The story centers around a small town that holds within it the Chandler residence, a mansion that is on the market, an owner of the house, the aged Miss Fonda, the real estate agent Geraldine Harper, sheriff Michael Keane and other characters. The plot thickens when a body is found at the bottom of the steps to the tower room. One of the amusing scenes in the book is an exchange between Vernon, Betty Jean and the sheriff. Vernon says, "I'm going to miss that Geraldine, she was a go-getter for sure....We'll all miss her, but we better hurry if we want to get table at the Country Diner." Betty Jean looked ready to grab the man's arm and tug him out the door." (61) Life goes on in small towns, even when tragic events take place, and this is best seen in the Friday catfish dinner at a local restaurant called Country Diner. This book was an adventurous tale into the lives of a small town, especially when tragedy strikes more than once. My favorite character in the book was Deputy sheriff Michael Keane, his keen eye for putting the clues together, his friendship with others, and his ability to weed out the unnecessary for the important clues. Thrown into the mix of the book is his relationship with Alex and his feelings about patrols in a small town. I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did. Thanks to Revell books for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jaylee_Morgan More than 1 year ago
What happens in the past stays in the past. Sometimes. Dementia has Miss Fonda living as a time traveller. Sometimes she's here, sometimes she's then. When she finds the body of Geraldine Harper at the bottom of her steps, she's transported to the past, to her sister's death. It was an accident then, and it was an accident now too... or is it? When a second body shows up, it's obvious that something caused Geraldine's fall. But with all the new people in Hidden Springs, who was it? And when Alex comes to town... will Michael be able to handle her leaving again? It you like your small-town America sweet and quirky--with a dash of sinister--you'll love this latest whodunit from deft storyteller A. H. Gabhart. The third Hidden Springs Mystery is here! One thing I definitely love about the Hidden Springs Series is its covers. :) Cute, curious, and cat-y all at once. The first thing I noticed when I opened it up was the A. H. Gabhart switched her POVs around. I really enjoyed it. I got to see a little through Maggie's eyes, a lot through Michael's, and then a little through Alex's and Malinda's. Some of you might remember that I reviewed the second Hidden Springs Mystery. I went back and read it again. One thing that annoyed me in the last book was that their dialog got a bit redundant to me. Not in this book! The dialog was great and intriguing. I had a really good time reading though it (It took me two days--only because I started reading in the evening and I had to go to bed :/ ) The plot line was great. I think it only helped it out to see things from Maggie's view as well. (Who is Maggie? Read and find out!) Miss Fonda was also amazing. Without her, nothing would have been as complicated as it was. Nothing would have been brought up about Audrey, nothing would have been supicious until the second death, and the plot would have had a slow beginning. With Miss Fonda however... The characters were awesome, as usual. Betty Jean is funny, as is Malinda. Alex was still... Alex. I'm not sure what to think about her actually. Michael was his usal self, eager to help, but with more layers than you'd expect at first glance. Miss Fonda introduced an interesting new character. It was cool the way she added a new aspect to the story that certainly wouldn't be there without her. I was slightly hesitant about requesting this book. I wasn't thrilled with the last book, but I am so glad I did! I enjoyed this book thoroughly. If you get a chance, definitely pick it up. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. :D "An intimate town where everyone knows everyone and a secret is hard to keep." -- Publisher's Weekly *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. All views expressed here are my own.*
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Big Mystery in a Small Town Three kids, a creepy Victorian mansion, along with a body—and it is the second body to be found in that house in less than a week! How could this be happening in the normally quiet, small southern town of Hidden Springs? Deputy sheriff Michael Keane is wondering that as he investigates the bodies that keep showing up in the Chandler mansion. The first death seemed like an accident, but it parallels the death of Audrey Chandler Carlson that took place decades earlier. Is that just an unhappy coincidence, or is the current one actually murder? Should the past one be re-opened and investigated again? Miss Fonda, Audrey’s sister, says it was actually murder, but she suffers from dementia. Teenager Maggie Greene might be the key, but she isn’t talking because someone has scared her to keep her silent. While Michael has his hands full with the murder investigation, Alex his childhood sweetheart, is in town. He thinks he is ready to take their relationship to the next level—marriage. But Alex has it made it clear she doesn’t want the small town life. She is a successful lawyer in the big city, and loves it. Lately she has pulled back from him making a wide gulf between them. Will Michael be able to bridge that if he admits he loves her, and wants an official relationship with her? Murder is No Accident is the third installment in A Hidden Springs Mystery Series, but this story stands alone. This is a clean mystery told from a Christian point of view. There are enough twists and turns to keep you wondering who did it, and keep you turning the page until you discover the guilty party. A lovely calico cat named Miss Marble makes her way into the story as well! I recommend this 5-star book to fans of mysteries or Christian fiction. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Murder is No Accident for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
wileysmSM More than 1 year ago
As always, I really enjoy A. H. Gabhart novels. This is the 3rd in the Hidden Springs Mysteries and also its conclusion, I believe. The characters are quirky and normal, everyday characters from a small town. They have flaws, oddities, and are very colorful and enjoyable to read about and laugh with them. Deputy sheriff Mike always gets to the truth but is also distracted by Alex, his girlfriend, whom he is always too busy to propose to or have a serious conversation or relationship with, but wishes he could. He has a double murder to solve in this story, and if he doesn't hurry and solve the mystery, there could be more murders. I have to say that I have not solved who the murderer is in either of these 3 books. Ann does a great job of keeping the murderers hidden. I like the conversational style in which these books are written. I also enjoy how Ann incorporates animals into her stories. They are very endearing. Maggie, a teen, her brother Jessee and her new boyfriend, Anthony, all have major roles in solving the mystery. I often wish I could live in the small town of Hidden Springs as it has so many endearing characters living there. I was given this book by the author for my honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Murder is No Accident is the third installment from Ann Gabhart's series, Hidden Springs Mystery. Maggie finds herself in quite a situation when she sneaks into an old Victorian mansion. Two people are murdered in the house and her life is, also, threatened. Sheriff Michael Keane must catch the killer before another life is shortened. I enjoyed this cozy little mystery of who done it. I was surprised to find out how the mystery was solved. I liked Maggie from the beginning and felt so bad for her for what she went through in the story. I, also, enjoyed Sheriff Michael and his developing romance with Alex. I am hoping there is another upcoming release in the future from the series, so I can read more about these two. I found this book to be a great read and hope to read more of the series in the future, as I have enjoyed the whole series so far. Highly recommended. 5 plus stars.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
While Murder is No Accident is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I was never able to get into and enjoy this book. It is hard to describe the writing style. One of the problems is the point-of-view. It is told in the first person and switches between Michael and Maggie. Murder is No Accident is jam packed with activity. There is just one incident after another. Besides the main mystery there is Miss Fonda escaping from the care home (frequently which does not speak well for their care or vigilance), fishing, the fifty-year-old mystery of how Audrey, fishing, Miss Fonda’s sister died, Sonny trying to sell Miss Fonda’s home, fishing, the romance between Michael and Alex Sheridan (which was very prevalent), Betty Jean Atkins dating life, Lana Waverly’s tea shop and investigation, and more fishing. In the small town of Hidden Springs, everyone gets involved in your life (even if you wish they would not). One of the problems with Murder is No Accident is the number of characters. I stopped keeping track after twelve. I did not like how fifteen-year-old Maggie was portrayed as simple minded when she actually is creative and smart (she likes to write). The Christian element is very subtle (mostly prayer). Murder is No Accident is more cozy than mystery. I give Murder is No Accident 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery may seem complicated, but the solution was not (at least part of it). I wish the author had provided an epilogue. I think it would have helped. I enjoy Christian mysteries (I get new ones every month), but this one was not for me. I think the right elements are present, they just needed to be put together differently.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “Then again, sometimes the Lord had a way of putting a person right where he was needed to make good come out of the worst happenings.” ** A.H. Gabhart deliveries another fun cozy mystery with “Murder is No Accident,” when another mysterious death hits the small town of Hidden Springs. When realtor Geraldine Harper falls to her death in the Chandler Mansion, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane must determine if the fall was really just an accident — or is there more to the story, and just how is young teen Maggie involved. As another death occurs in this seemingly cursed historic home, Michael must sift through what little facts there are in the case, as well as look into some of the town’s newcomers, all while protecting those nearest to him. And while trying to solve the town’s latest mysterious deaths, Michael must convince his big city lawyer girlfriend, Alex, to settle down with him for all eternity. Gabhart’s Hidden Springs series is a fun, lighthearted series full of not only interesting mysteries with a tad of romance, but also great characters — from the sweet Michael and his lovely Aunt Lindy, to Alex and her Uncle Reese, the almost Barney Fife-like Lester, sweet Miss Fonda, determined editor Hank Leland, and Michael’s plucky office assistant, Betty Jean. But even though “Murder is No Accident” is like Agatha Christie meets Mayberry, it is also filled with many great gems — we all need to make room for love in our lives; accepting the Lord’s timing; we never know how much time we have left; dealing with the “ifs” in life; and to “have faith, not worries … But some worries were nearly impossible to dismiss.” Gabhart reminds us that God is always in control, if we allow Him to be. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I have truly enjoyed my visits to Ann Gabhart's fictional small town of Hidden Springs. For such a quiet little town, there sure has been a lot of crime lately. Gabhart has created a wonderful place full of wonderful characters. I just enjoyed seeing them all at again during my latest visit. The author does all this so well that I want to head on over for a visit!! But not during a crime wave! Michael Keane once again finds his life in this terrible little town interrupted by a murder. Then even more issues pop up. But Michael is up to the task. I just love these folks!! *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions are mine alone.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
If you like Christian, a light murder mystery,suspense,and a small town with a touch of romance, you'll love AH Gabhart's Murder is No Accident. The setting is the beautiful old Chandler mansion. When the local real estate agent dies, it appears to be an accident...but someone knows different and is threatening poor young Maggie to keep quiet. Gabheart gives us plenty of complicated characters to care about, from Alex and her uncle;to Deputy Michael Keane and his aunt; to Maggie and her family; and don't forget Fonda! Kudos to Gabheart on the solution. I just didn't see it coming, and chances are, most readers won't. Totally made sense, but left me in awe of Gabheart's writing prowess. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher,which did not influence my review. I also received a copy from NetGalley. I am solely responsible for the opinions therein.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable cozy mystery in the perfect small town setting of Hidden Springs, Kentucky! The third in a series, but easily read as a stand alone. Romantically challenged sheriff's deputy Michael Keane has a mystery on his hands when a body shows up in the old Chandler mansion. As he digs deeper, a similar cold case surfaces, and things get more complicated. If only Miss Marble the resident cat could talk. I liked revisiting Hidden Springs after reading book one, and felt this story hooked me a lot more. The character Maggie and her dilemma of whether she should ask for help versus take care of everything herself, was one that many could probably relate to, along with her problems at home. Loved how the town comes together to watch out for each other, though small town gossip makes keeping a secret difficult. Michael is a lovable character who gets in over his head sometimes. The story has a fun Andy Griffith type feel to it, with the siren loving deputy Lester. Recommend to clean cozy mystery fans who like a southern setting. 4.5 stars (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Author A.H. Gabhart has done it again. A sit-on-the-edge of your seat suspense that you think you know ‘whodunit’ but you will never guess! This is the third book in the Hidden Springs Mystery series but each is stand-alone. Some of the endearing characters reappear in this book including Sheriff Michael Keane, his dog Jasper, and his sweet Aunt Lindy, Alexandria Sheridan and her Uncle Reece, and his cat Two Bits. A new addition is a calico cat appropriately named Miss Marble. Most in the little town of Hidden Springs remember when Audrey Carlson fell to her death at the Chandler mansion. It was ruled an accident. When the Chandler mansion is listed for sale, real estate agent Geraldine Harper mysteriously falls down the stairs to her death. Is it an accident like Audrey’s or murder? As Sheriff Keane goes into investigator mode will he be able to solve the mystery before something else happens? High profile Washington, D.C. attorney, Alex returns to Hidden Springs to care for her Uncle Reece after he suffered a stroke. Will the romance between childhood sweethearts, Michael and Alex, finally be resolved? Lots of excitement and even when things seem hopeless, you are left with the feeling there is always hope. I recommend the entire series! I was given a complimentary copy by the author and publisher.