Thursday, October 8, 2015

Murder at the Courthouse

GIVEAWAY

GABHART, A.H.
MURDER AT THE COURTHOUSE

Michael Keane's stressful days as a Columbus police officer are done. He's ready to relax into his new position as deputy sheriff in his sleepy hometown. Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky -- and that's just fine with Michael.

Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. 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 those 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 you guessing.

My Review:

Gabhart knows the intricacies of small-town life and the complexities of a good mystery -- a winning combination that makes for a truly riveting read. I was smitten by Hidden Springs and its eccentric characters. Enthralled by the mysterious plot rife with twists and turns and enamoured with hero Michael Keane. He's a good guy with a deep, abiding faith who believes that quiet, one on one interventions can make a world of difference to a lost soul. A police officer with an emphasis on keeping the peace, touching lives, making a difference. And then a murder throws this idyllic town -- and Michael -- into a tailspin. He has to dig deep and look hard at people he has known and trusted his entire life. An edge-of-your-seat read paired with a hint of romance kept me engaged right to the end. And -- yay -- this is the first book in A Hidden Springs Mystery series. So looking forward to reading more.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Murder at the Courthouse please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 10 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

41 comments:

  1. I love a good mystery!
    duhpaynes{at}gmail{dot}com

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    1. Then you'll love this one, Anne. Good luck.

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  2. I'll just say that a mystery in a small town sounds like the perfect read for me!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  3. Sounds intriguing. Count me in, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're counted, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  4. I have lived in small towns most of my life so this sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. I'd love to live in a small town. Not likely to happen though so I love to read about them. Good luck, Wendy.

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  5. Yes a good murder mystery. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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  6. Sounds like a sweet romance. :)
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  7. This is certainly something different from Ann's normal writing, at least from what I know!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- her first venture into mystery writing and she did a magnificent job. Good luck, Patty.

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  8. I like mysteries, I like to see if I can solve it before the end of the book.
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This one was really gnarly to figure out. Love that. Good luck, Karen.

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  9. I think I've become a "Kav addict" because I'm so eager to read a book when I know you enjoyed it. Of course, I already enjoy Ann's writing no matter the genre, but cozy mysteries (especially with a cat on the cover) always pull me in. Don't enter me; it's in my stack somewhere!

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    1. LOL -- oh dear, Carole, your stack must be something if you only know a book is in there 'somewhere.; LOL When you uncover it I can pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy it.

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    2. Kav, I have a shelf in the den where I put books when they first arrive, eventually moving them beside a nice comfortable chair in my bedroom where I frequently read. Unfortunately, other things often clutter the area by my chair and it's hard to remember where the next book for review is actually located. There must be a better system . . .

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  10. I've enjoyed reading some of Ann's books set in small towns so it will be interesting see what she can do with a mystery. I especially enjoy cozy mysteries, so I'm looking forward to reading Murder at the Courthouse.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I'm becoming a huge fan of cozy mysteries too and this one is really exceptional. Good luck, Pam.

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  11. Hi, Kav! This sounds like a good book....and I love small town stories. Hidden Springs.....hints at a mystery....love the series title. Thank you for doing the giveaway.

    sheridastewart (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I don't know that anyone does small town as well as Ann Gabhart. Good luck, Sherida.

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  12. I love Ann's books, and can't wait to read her first mystery-'Murder at the Courthouse'!! Thanks for the wonderful review and giveaway opportunity, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Bonnie. Good luck.

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  13. I just love a good mystery. Looking forward to reading this one.
    Thank for your review and giveaway.

    amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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  14. Hi Kav! I just attended a book signing with Ann H. Gabhart here in Lexington,Ky at Joseph Beth and bought this very book. Ann is sweet lady and I enjoyed getting to meet her and Virginia Smith was with her. Then who shows up in the audience Jan Watson! Awesome night! Jenny

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    1. squeaaalllll -- Kentucky seems to be the happening place for literary sightings. How awesome! And I'm just a tad (transalation) a whole lot jealous!

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    2. Hi Kav, I'm hoping more authors will start popping up. These ladies are local to the area and this is the 2nd I got to meet Virginia Smith. Good luck everyone!

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  15. Mysteries are my favorite and I would love to read this one! rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org.

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    1. I really enjoy curling up with a great mystery too, Rebecca. Good luck.

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  16. I am loving the small town aspect of this book. There's always a tight-knitted feeling of community, where everyone knows everyone & there are no secrets hidden anywhere! Stories like this draw me in faster than a bee to honey :-)
    That being said, this sounds like many a good cozy mysteries I've read. And I have enjoyed my share of them, probably my favorite kind of mystery to read! This one would certainly delight my reader-heart :-) Thanks for the chance, Kav!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I enjoy cozy mysteries as well and this one is exceptional. Good luck, Trixi.

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  17. I've been reading Ann Gabhart's books for many years, and have read a few of her books more than once. I'm really interested in this book, something a bit out of the norm for Ann. Thank you for offering this contest and featuring Ann's new release!
    quiltcat26[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're right, Nancee -- it's is out of the norm for this author but goes to show you how talented she is. Good luck.

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  18. I live in a small town that just built a new court house. It would be interesting if someone was killed there.
    melissa(d0t)snoopy(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. Not for the person killed! Bwahahahaha! Good luck, Melissa.

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  19. Looking forward to reading this book. I've read some of Ann's Shaker books and enjoyed them. This is completely different from what she writes. Hope I enjoy it when I do read it.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Yes, a new venture for her and she does it very well. Good luck, Karen.

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  20. Ann's Mystery! I would like to be added for an opportunity to win a print copy. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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