Title: Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3)
Author: A.H. Gabhart
My rating is 4 stars.
Deputy Michael Keane is called to the scene of an accidental fall down the stairs by a local realtor at an old Victorian style mansion. The owner has been transferred to a senior care home and her executor’s son is trying to sell the house out from under her. The realtor had come to appraise the house and ran into someone unexpected there. What the surprise visitor doesn’t know is that a local teen is hiding up in the tower room of the house when the accident happens and hears everything. The teen leaves the scene, but then receives an alarming telephone call. Michael has his suspicions about the “accident”, but has no proof that it was anything other than just that…an accident. This brings back memories for the owner of years ago when her sister died the same way in the same house. This has always been ruled an accident, but the owner claims she knows who killed her sister. Another body is soon found at the old house and this time there is no doubt that the person was murdered. Michael has his hands full investigating these crimes as well as helping with the local church youth group.
Michael also receives news that his aunt’s neighbor and good friend to all in the community has had a stroke. This is the local town’s attorney whose niece just happens to be the love of Michael’s life, but he hasn’t told her that. Alexandria Sheridan arrives in town to help with the care of her uncle. She has loved Michael all her life, but hasn’t been bold enough to let him know. Besides she is an attorney for a big law firm in Washington, D.C. and likes her life there. Michael has roots and likes his small-town life in Hidden Springs. Michael, however, decides he wants more than a long-distance telephone relationship with Alex and wants to move things to a new level. Can Michael solve the case and get the girl?
What a good mystery series! I like the direction the relationship between Michael and Alex is taking and can’t wait to see where they stand in the next book! I just loved Miss Fonnie and the gentle way Michael treated her. He still respected her even though she didn’t know what was going on in the present most of the time. I also liked the relationship between the teenagers Anthony and Maggie and how they both respected Maggie’s parents’ wishes in regards to dating. Anthony treated Maggie with respect. The pace of the story was a little slow in a couple of places, but I still would definitely recommend this book to readers.