Murder Comes By Mail
Every once in awhile, I'm in the mood for a good cozy mystery, and Murder Comes By Mail by A.H. Gabhart certainly fits the bill. This is A Hidden Springs Mystery, part of a series. I didn't realize this was book two in the series, and I normally hate stepping into the middle of a series without having read the beginning, but luckily the author catches you up pretty well on what happened in the previous book, Murder At The Courthouse. The back cover reads:
"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."
Murder Comes By Mail has it all: a lovable, peaceful, and quiet small town where everyone knows everyone else; a cast of quirky characters; a whodunit; and a fast paced murder mystery that isn't too scary or gory. The cover is super cute and appealing, too. The book is written from a Christian worldview and many of the characters are Christians, but not in an overdone or hokey way - it's very naturally woven into the book. I read this book in just two days, although I could've read it in a day if those pesky chores didn't get in the way. ;) This is a perfect summer read - mysterious enough to be exciting, but light enough to bring along to the beach or curl up in your easy chair with. There are also quite a few laughs sprinkled throughout the book. I especially loved the character of Aunt Lindy. I was so pleased with this book that I'm going to buy the first book in the series so I can catch up, as well as keep my eye out for the third book in the series. It included an excerpt from the next book in the back of this one, and it sounds even more exciting and intriguing than Murder Comes By Mail! I can't wait to read it and see what Ann has up her sleeve for the town of Hidden Springs next. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.