Murder at the Courthouse: A Hidden Springs Mystery (The Hidden Springs Mysteries)
After a few years as a police officer in Columbus, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried--after all the man was a stranger--until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.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 readers guessing.
I hope readers will identify with the characters and the challenges they, especially Michael, faces as he tries to come to terms with the truth that bad things can happen in any town.
Why the author wrote this book:
I've always loved reading mysteries and so I decided to try my hand at writing one. I had just finished writing The Innocent, a Shaker book with a thread of mystery, so I decided to try a cozy mystery. I have lived near a small town all my life and so I used that town for the model of Hidden Springs and added some colorful small town characters. I love the feel of a cozy mystery and enjoyed writing Murder at the Courthouse.