Author: A. H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell Books
Series: Hidden Springs Mystery
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A fun, cozy mystery that kept a smile on my face with the turn of every page!
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane enjoys the quiet town of Hidden Springs and doesn’t want things to change. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happens when he saves a man from jumping from the bridge into the lake. The man tells him he is going to wish he would have let him jump, and they haunt him in the coming days. He becomes the town hero and things only get worse from there. Photos of a dead girl come to him in the mail and Michael becomes convinced she was killed by the same man he saved. Hidden Springs is no longer the quiet town it once was with a killer now on the loose and one step ahead. Everyone Michael cares about becomes a target and he knows he can’t protect them all.
I stumbled upon the first Hidden Springs Mystery and couldn’t have been happier with the book. When I found out there was going to be another mystery, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. The nice thing about this series is the stories are fun, cozy mysteries you can cuddle up with a blanket and enjoy the mystery. There is nothing crazy, no gory scenes, no profanity and no graphic scenes to worry about, just the way this type of book should be written. Hidden Springs is not your normal little town, it’s kind of like the town time forgot. Up until the murder at the courthouse, nothing dramatic had occurred in the town, and that’s exactly how everyone in town liked it. Gabhart does a terrific job of weaving the quirky characters together with the quant little town to make a fun read that is hard to put down. I cruised through without thinking of much else. The mystery of who the killer was and determining the motive never slowed the pace or the enjoyment. Toward the very end as the identity of the killer was revealed, I had to smile at how well it was played out. It wasn’t an out-of-the-blue revelation, I had it pegged before the reveal, but still enjoyed the characters reactions. I’m not sure if there will be another in the series but I hope so. It would be fun to see what else is in store for the little town.