Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"Murder at the Courthouse" by A. H. Gabhart

About this book:

  “After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, 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.”

Series: Book #1 in “The Hidden Springs Mysteries” series.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned & read; Bible reading; Talks about God & His plans; ‘H’s are not capital; Mentions of Prayers; Mentions of church & preachers; Many mentions of a woman preacher; Malinda has a strong faith; Pete says he doesn’t talk to God;
              *Note: a couple mentions of a ghost.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘beat the you-know-what out of you’, a ‘darn’, a ‘what the…?’, a ‘wiseacre’, a ‘wretched’, three forms of ‘dumb’, three forms of ‘shut up’, three ‘sucker’s, four ‘heck’s, four ‘idiot’s, five ‘stupid’s; Many, many mentions of curses that are said, but not written out; A bit of sarcasm; Three murders, the bodies & murder weapons (semi-detailed); Blood & Skulls (boarder-line semi-detailed //detailed); Fighting & Guns (semi-detailed); Many mentions of killing, suicides, drowning, overdoses, dead kids (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of the lottery, gambling & betting; Mentions of abuse & shooting people (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of dead people & bodies (up to semi-detailed): Mentions of car crashes (semi-detailed); Mentions of going to the bathroom a lot & puking; Mentions of drinking & drunks; Mentions of drugs, drug trafficking & marijuana; Mentions of cigarettes; Mentions of divorce; A mention of hornets in a man’s pants;
a mention of aliens.

Sexual Content- two barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and two semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss; Mentions of kisses & kid pecks; Touches (semi-detailed); Noticing; a ‘foxy’; Stella is married, but still flirts with Michael; Roxanne was hinted to make money on the side, was a treat for men’s eyes, chummy with men, but was not a prostitute (she wouldn’t tell who the father of her child was); Roxanne was said that “she exuded sensuality”; A mention of skinny dipping; A mention of a young Michael wanting girls at school to notice him; A mention of teenage hormones; Mentions of dating & tying the knot; Mentions of affairs;
                 *Note: A mention of scratching your backside; a “busting my butt.”.

-Michael Keane, age 26
                         P.O.V. switches between him, Malinda (3x), Miss Willadean (1x) & Buck (1x)
                                                        321 pages

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My personal Rating-

Hmmm. Like nearly all murder mysteries I’ve read (which isn’t many, I'll admit), I was able to figure out the killer before it’s revealed. So, the ending didn’t shock me. There was a bit of head jumping in the POVs, but it wasn’t so bad as it was told more in a narration writing style. At first it was pretty clean for a murder mystery, but by the second murder, 2/3s in, it got bloodier & a bit more detailed. There wasn’t much Spiritual Content either. Overall, it was okay and pretty forgettable.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell Publishers) for this review.

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