I’ve said before, I thoroughly enjoyed Murder Comes By Mail, the second of the Hidden Springs Mysteries. A.H. Gabhart kept me guessing and guessing with that one, and I think I was even more wrapped up in the mystery this time around, with Murder Is No Accident.
The publisher’s blurb:
Young Maggie Greene may be trespassing in the old, empty Victorian mansion on a quiet street in Hidden Springs, but all she wants is some private time in the magnificent tower room to write her stories. Certain she’ll be in trouble if caught, she hides when a realtor shows up. But someone else is in the house too, someone even more worried about getting caught. When Maggie finds the realtor’s body at the bottom of a flight of stairs and the other person gone, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is called in. He assumes the realtor’s death is a tragic accident–until a second person is found dead in the house. When Maggie is threatened, Michael must catch the murderer before anyone else dies.
Cozy mystery fans will love this third installment in The Hidden Springs Mysteries series from an author who knows how to make small-town America sweet, sentimental–and a little sinister.
What I thought of it:
Maggie Greene is fifteen, a girl with a penchant for writing stories up in the tower room of the old Chandler mansion. She does have permission to be in the empty place – Miss Foda, the owner who now lives in a care facility, has told her she may go up there any time she wishes. She keeps silent about it, however, because she is certain her mother (who cleans the house once a month) would not approve. It’s become her own little spot – until the day the local realtor, Geraldine Harper, shows up while Maggie is there, and comes across an intruder who’s not Maggie! Is her lethal fall down the stairs an accident, or could it be murder? Signs point to a simple accident, until another person is found dead – this time a definite murder – in the same house.
It would seem Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane’s mind would be primarily occupied with the woman he loves, and it would be if these deaths didn’t usurp Alexandria Sheridan’s place in his thoughts. (Well, for the most part…) Will Michael keep Maggie and her little brother safe, find the killer, and find a way to be with Alex forever?
I just loved this book. It’s a page-turner, and makes me wish I lived in Hidden Springs… except for the body count. It’s fun how I will have ideas on “who dun it” that change as I read the story, sometimes returning more than once to a suspect. This series reminds me a bit of Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who mysteries int the way they welcome you into the world of the author, and they let you keep guessing all the way through. Definitely hoping the fourth in this series is published soon!
**I was sent this copy from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**