Ann Gabhart is back! I'm excited to help celebrate her latest release, Murder at the Courthouse. She's offered a copy to one of my followers, so please check out the giveaway details below.
Here's a peek at the back cover:
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.
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.
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.
Ann and I thought it would be fun to ask her main character, Michael Keane, about some of his favorite things. This is how he replied:
Favorite food/s – Cindy’s pecan pies at the
Hidden Springs Grill are hard to beat. Especially if you tell her to
warm it up a little and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If I ate that
all the time, I’d have to work out twice as much. Then freshly caught
fish from Eagle Lake fried in a skillet over an open fire when I’m
camping out in rough country near the lake have to be on my favorite
list. There’s just something extra good about eating fish you caught
yourself while watching the sun sink down on the western horizon of the
Favorite beverage – I’m a police officer. That means coffee, black and strong, is as necessary as water.
Favorite sport – I guess I’d have to say fishing. That counts as a
sport, doesn’t it? I like getting out on the lake in my motor boat and
throwing out a line. But I also have an old rowboat that I like to get
in and slide out on the water. Especially early in the morning while the
mist is lifting from the lake. The only noise is the dip of the
paddles, the birds welcoming the sun, and sometimes a fish jumping up
out of the water to try out the morning air and flopping back down with a
little slap sound.
Favorite piece of advice someone's offered
over the years – Here’s something Aunt Lindy told me not too long ago
after I moved back to Hidden Springs from Columbus, Ohio. “You young
people are always in such a hurry you forget to notice what the good
Lord is doing in your life. The Lord wants you right here in Hidden
Springs.” I don’t know if I could call that my favorite piece of advice,
but it is something that I have to consider. I don’t want to be in too
big a hurry to notice the blessings of my days. I do feel as if I belong
in Hidden Springs. That makes some problems for me since the girl I’ve
loved since we were kids thinks a town like Hidden Springs is the last
place she wants to be.
Favorite quote – My Aunt
Lindy shared Lamentations 3:22-23 with me years ago. It’s the verse she
read over and over while I was in a coma after the terrible accident
that killed my parents and almost killed me. She said she read this
every morning as she prayed for me.
It is of the LORD's mercies
that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are
new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Hard not to have
that be a favorite since I’ve always been sure it was Aunt Lindy’s love
and prayers that pulled me out of the black abyss I was in and gave me a
second chance at life.
Favorite hobby – There is that fishing
I’ve already mentioned. But I also like to delve into the history of the
Civil War. Some of my great, ever so great uncles fought in the war.
Not all on the same side. They were brothers divided by the war. Now I
read Civil War histories and collect Civil War weapons. I’ve taken part
in some of the Civil War re-enactments. The last one I did, I was
a Union soldier like my Uncle Pascal. I was one of the soldiers who
charged the enemy line and didn’t make it home. So for most of the
re-enactment, I was playing dead on the field of battle.
way to relax – I guess I’d have to say being out in that rowboat with
my dog, Jasper. Or sometimes just sitting on the porch of my log house
as night falls with the whippoorwills calling and Jasper asleep beside
me. Of course, Jasper wakes up when the coyotes start yipping and
Favorite season – I like all the seasons down on the
lake, but Spring and Fall might be my favorites. Winter is good too, but
if too much snow falls, it makes responding to emergency calls when I’m
off duty difficult. I want to be there ASAP for the citizens of Hidden
Springs and Keane County if they have a need for police protection.
thing about Hidden Springs – I like that people know one another. It’s a
good thing to walk down the street and greet friends and neighbors by
name. It’s like a big town family. That’s not to say we all love one
another in Hidden Springs or even all get along. Many extended families
have plenty of disagreements among their members at times. So do we in
Hidden Springs, but in times of trouble, folks step up and help one
Thanks for inviting Michael over for an interview, Karen. Now he’s going fishing!
Thanks for stopping by and allowing Michael to share with us, Ann. :) Wishing you continued success with your books!
A.H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels,
including Love Comes Home, the 2015 Selah Book of Year winner and her
popular Shaker novels. She also writes about family life, love and now
mystery in small towns like the one in Kentucky where she grew up. She
and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and still
enjoy country life on a farm near that small town, but she’s happy to
report that nobody was ever murdered on her hometown’s courthouse steps.
To find out more about Ann’s books or to read her blog, visit:
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