“Murder Comes by Mail” is the anticipated second book in the “Hidden Springs Mystery” series, written by A.H Gabhart and published by Revell. As a continuation this book focuses on the same protagonist, supporting cast members and setting, but a vastly different plot and mystery. Although considered a “cozy mystery”, the darker elements of this book definitely did not feel very “cozy” to me. Yes, there were a few light and humorous moments, but they never lasted long.
After reading the previous book in the series, I looked forward to visiting the town of Hidden Springs once again. “Murder at the Courthouse” contained sparkling dialogue, charming characters, and many witty little scenes. The second book? Not so much… Although the murderer was obvious from the start, the dark side of the novel prevailed over the charming side and left me feeling unsettled and just plain “creeped out”. Call me strange, but psychotic villains and horribly unexpected evils in an unassuming little town have that effect on me! And while the creepiness was extreme, at the same time the dark elements were spread out with little action between them. Saying any more would be giving vital plot points away, but just be forewarned that there is nothing “cozy” about this mystery!
If you, like me, were expecting your return visit to Hidden Springs to unfold in a similar way as the first story, you will be in for a disappointment. On the other hand, if you don’t mind some creepy and downright horrific elements to be featured in a “cozy” mystery, perhaps you would enjoy “Murder Comes by Mail”. I, however, did not.
I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Revell Reads, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.