Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Reads: Murder Is No Accident by A. H. Gabhart

Revell; 351 pages; $13.99; Amazon
Now available from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is the murder-mystery novel Murder Is No Accident, book three in the Hidden Springs Mysteries, by author A.H. Gabhart.

Probably like many book lovers, I have always enjoyed reading a good mystery, especially when there is a cat on the cover. (Note: I'm also a cat lover.) If you happened to notice, there is a cat on the cover of Murder Is No Accident, which kinda explains why the novel appealed to me to begin with. Though, actually, I have read a few of the Shaker novels by the author, so I was already familiar with her writings.

This novel centers on a teenager named Maggie Greene (no she's not the same character from The Walking Dead) who happens to be at the right place at the wrong time. She had gotten permission to stay at the old Chandler mansion from Miss Fonda, an elderly woman who is now in a senior living facility. Maggie happened to be in the mansion the same day that real estate agent Geraldine Harper is murdered there. Yes, she could go to the police and tell them what she knows, but she thinks everyone would believe she was trespassing.

On the case to solve the mystery is Sheriff Michael Keane, who at first thinks the murder was a tragic accident, but he quickly believes otherwise after another body is discovered.

Final Thoughts: It took me a bit longer to read this book than what I had planned due to an unexpected and unwanted cold that I had caught. Despite not feeling my best, I was able to read Murder Is No Accident over the weekend. What grabbed my attention right away was the introduction of Maggie Greene in the first sentence. I watch the television series The Walking Dead and there is a character on there with the exact same name, so seeing "Maggie Greene" printed on the first page made me forget about having a cold, well, at least temporary. 

Basically, the novel is a small town whodunit murder mystery in the style of Murder She Wrote (another television series). The pacing is pretty fast, mostly thanks to the author's wonderful narration style. All the characters are well-written, and most of them are likeable, which is always a plus with me when reading any novel.

Overall, I've enjoyed reading Murder Is No Accident. No, it's not the DayQuil talking. I really did liked reading it.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author: A. H. Gabhart is the author of Murder at the Courthouse and Murder Comes by Mail. As Ann H. Gbnhart, she is the bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, and several popular shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent. Ann gre up in a small rural town in Kentucky much like Hidden Springs. She and her husband still live on a farm near the same Kentucky town. Learn more at

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