3.5 out of 5 stars
MURDER COMES BY MAIL was good, and I did enjoy the story, it just didn’t move at a pace I would expect from a mystery.
Michael Keane enjoys his job as sheriff in the small, sleepy town of Hidden Springs. That is until he saves a suicidal man from jumping off the local bridge. Touted as a hero, Michael doesn’t particularly like the moniker, especially when he finds out the man he just saved might have murdered a girl after being rescued. With pictures arriving in the mail, foretelling the deaths of other women, Michael realizes not only is this man a murderer, but he’s also targeting women Michael knows. When the investigation is turned over to another agency, the connection between Michael, the women, and the locations of their deaths, begin to look suspect. Now, Michael must find out who the killer is before he’s framed for murder or someone important in Michael’s life becomes the next victim.
Like I said, I enjoyed the story, it’s just that the pacing seemed slow and a little drawn out. The characters were very likeable, and Ms. Gabhart definitely painted a believable portrait of small-town USA. The best part of the book for me was the storyline involving Alex, the woman Michael is still in love with. Even though she moved to the city to become a big-time lawyer, Michael can’t seem to let go of the possibility of what could’ve been. Friends since childhood, he and Alex are still in contact with each other, and still share deep feelings for each other. With each interaction, Michael wonders if there could still be a “them” after all.
A good story, with likable characters, MURDER COMES BY MAIL makes for an enjoyable read.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available May 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.