“Settling in with a new Joe Gunther novel is like catching up with old friends…This twenty-fourth entry in a wonderful series is very close to Mayor’s best.” Booklist (starred review)

“A deft mix of storm stories, political shenanigans, small-town procedural stuff and some pretty shocking buried secrets. One of Joe’s best.” Kirkus, 9/15/13.

“Archer Mayor’s Vermont police procedurals are the best thing going.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Mayor still shows why he is one of the most respected American writers or procedurals.”

Library Journal

“The Joe Gunther series is one of the best around…With its excellent noir touches, terrific plots, and really interesting central character, it ought to appear at the top of most lists.”

Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Mayor succeeds admirably… Whether with just a line or three beautifully crafted paragraphs, he makes Bellows Falls come alive for readers from Seattle to Key West.” 

Booklist

“Mayor creates the kind of characters who have always had to fight for survival… But it is when these people are viewed collectively – as Bellows Falls in the flesh – that we can really see the value of their lives.”

New York Times Book Review

 “First rate… Mayor has a way with white-knuckle final scenes, and he does it again in this atmospheric story.”

Los Angeles Times

“A powerful series, and this is only book two.”

Kirkus Reviews

  “Mayor’s fine 19th Joe Gunther novel (after 2007’s Chat) will leave fans feeling fully satisfied.”  

Publisher’s Weekly

 “Archer Mayor doesn’t do quaint. He might use poetic imagery to describe the austere beauty of New England’s rugged mountains and snowbound villages, but as far as their crime content is concerned, his police procedurals are about as authentic as it gets.”

New York Times

“Mayor’s New England eye mercilessly details what he sees without the “calendar nostaligia” that usually clings to such villages and backwaters. We get sucked into a web of drug

smugglers from dead kingpins to irascible sidekicks. The clever plot expands like a dark whirlppol and reveals the underbely of Vermont and Maine.”

Providence Journal

“After 18 installments, Gunther’s adventures remain as consistently readable as anything in the genre.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Chat is the best of the Gunther series since Gatekeeper. It has all of the great elements of past installments, including the well-drawn Vermont atmosphere, but it also has the deep

thinking on family and entertaining action scenes that make this installment even richer.”

The Eisenthal Report

“All the ingredients for a great mystery are here: fast pacing, a believable plot, a plausible solution, and characters so real they walk off the pages. Mayor’s books just get better and better. Don’t miss this one.”

Library Journal, October ‘07

“Mayor is a devil of a plotter and … (The Second Mouse)… is one fine trip.”

Marilyn Stasio – The New York Times

“Mayor’s elegiac tone and his insights into the human condition make The Second Mouse a fine addition to one of the most consistently satisfying mystery series going.”

Thomas Gaughan – Booklist

“Mayor’s elegiac tone and his insights into the human condition make The Second Mouse a fine addition to one of the most consistently satisfying mystery series going.”

Thomas Gaughan – Booklist

“Archer Mayor is producing what is consistently the best police-procedural series being written in America.”

The Chicago Tribune

“I have a soft spot for quiet writers like Archer Mayor, whose unassuming voice and down to earth style stamp his regional crime novels with a sense of integrity. The strength of these narratives has always come from the author’s profound understanding of his region and from his hero’s intuitive ability to relate to… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

“This is the prolific Mayor’s most accomplished book—a character-driven novel that’s enhanced by graceful prose and compelling narrative. Mayor is as good a writer as many on the bestseller lists.”

Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

“Quiet, unassuming, yet charismatic, the ever-readable Sage of Brattleboro shines in his lucky 14th. (A) page-turner”

Kirkus Reviews

“Mayor, a master of the slow-paced, relationship-driven, small-town mystery, proved equally capable here of tightening his grip around the neck of the hard-boiled novel but without losing his feel for the subtlety of human interaction.”

Booklist

“[An] intricate, first-rate thriller… Mayor’s understanding of human behavior make his tortured protagonist and unforgettable character. His powers of description not confined to Vermont, the author embues well-known and obscure New York neighborhoods with a sparkling sense of place. A riveting plot and exceptional writing will surely enhance Mayor’s reputation.”

Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

“Why do we like [Joe Gunther]? Because he pays attention to details; because he relates to people in the quiet, effective way that we only dream of doing; and because he cares about protecting his world of rural Vermont from the horrors that turn the rest of us into cynical mavericks. All these qualities are… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Booklist

“The 12th book in Mayor’s series is the best yet […] Often labeled a ‘regional’writer, Mayor, with his intelligent plots, wit, relaxed style and understanding of human relationships, deserves wider recognition.”

Publisher's Weekly

“The broader turf [of The Marble Mask] only serves to energize what is already an outstanding series.”

Booklist

“Warmhearted, streetwise Joe, the quintessential good cop, continues to be the strength of this estimable series.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This is a thoroughly entertaining police procedural —imaginatively conceived and executed with the polish Mayor has honed over the life of the series.”

Publisher's Weekly

“Mayor is a gifted storyteller, and his books always offer well-crafted characters, skillful storytelling, and one of the strongest senses of place in the mystery genre. This one wont disappoint, and a lyrical 200-word description of a Brattleboro snowfall might be the sweetest, most knowing 200 words of the year.”

Booklist

“As a stylist, Mayor is one of those meticulous construction workers who are fascinated with the way things function. He’s the boss man on procedures.”

The New York Times

“Mayors sturdy series about police lieutenant Joe Gunther has much more on its mind than just mystery. Each book tackles at least one important social issue — but Mayors greatest strength remains his uncanny ability to capture the seedy, seamy sides of life in his home state of Vermont.”

Publishers Weekly

“Mayor is not given to gimmicks and manipulation. There are flashier writers, but few deliver such well-rounded novels of such consistently high quality. When asked what they do for a living, Mayor explains, most Vermonters will answer, everything. As it happens, that’s also what Mayor the writer does well : everything.”

The Arizona Daily Star

“Archer Mayor has raised the regional mystery to high art with his series about Brattleboro’s police lieutenant, Joe Gunther.”

Hartford Courant

“Mayor’s Joe Gunther novels are among the best cop stories being written today. The sense of place Mayor creates is vivid and real, whether he’s writing about Vermont’s economically bleak small cities or the harsh wilderness of the Northeast Kingdom. So, too, are the recurring characters and the prickly, complex relationships they maintain with… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Booklist

“Mayor succeeds admirably… Whether with just a line or three beautifully crafted paragraphs, he makes Bellows Falls come alive for readers from Seattle to Key West.”

Booklist

“Mayor creates the kind of characters who have always had to fight for survival… But it is when these people are viewed collectively – as Bellows Falls in the flesh – that we can really see the value of their lives.”

New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating… The Joe Gunther novels are among the best mysteries being written today.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Tantalizing… even the most minor characters ring true… Gunther is a bloodhound of unusual depth and insight… The Ragman’s Memory is highly logical and oddly moving.”

Los Angeles Times

“Mayor’s sixth book is in every way his biggest.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A fine balance of angst, underplayed police heroics and gently rendered small-town nuance… A masterful mixture of brutality and, finally, compassion.”

Publisher's Weekly

“Lead a cheer for Archer Mayor and his ability not only to understand human relationships, but to convey them to his readers.”

Washington Sunday Times

“Excellent… a dazzling tale that combines detection, compassion, small-town sociology, local politics, and personal priorities… How much better can Mayor get? This combination of detection and nonstop action is his best yet.”

Toronto Saturday Star

“All the Joe Gunther books are terrific… As they say in New England, wicked good writing.”

Washington Post Book World

“Mr. Mayor is one of the most sophisticated stylists in the hard-boiled genre. His muscular prose holds the road in wild gangland shoot-outs… and keeps its wits sharp for the forensic procedure.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Lots of cat-and-mouse suspense… enough twists and turns to keep the reader on the chair’s edge.”

Publisher's Weekly

“First rate… Mayor has a way with white-knuckle final scenes, and he does it again in this atmospheric story.”

Los Angeles Times

“A powerful series, and this is only book two.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A fine first thriller”

Wall Street Journal

“It is our good fortune that Mr. Mayor’s skills are equal to the vigor of his imagination.”

The New Yorker

“Verdict: An excellent police procedural series that deserves a wider readership.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“As usual, Mayor skillfully combines a gripping police procedural with a view of smalltown life balanced by bits of humor applied at just the right time. The suspense builds toward an ending that reveals a surprising motive and a chillingly realistic villain.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“You put the pedal on the floor around page 2 and keep it there right to the end. Very satisfying,” “It’s a 5 out of 5 star effort” and, “I loved it! [and] the ending was a blockbuster-your best yet.”

Pompy’s Gazette

“It’s hard to imagine a more likable thief than Mayor’s Tag Man-or, for that matter, a more companionable lawman than the time-and-trouble-tested Sage of Brattleboro.”

Kirkus

“Richly drawn characters and a delightful sense of place are hallmarks of Mayorss superb procedurals, and they are both in evidence in this fine addition to the series”

Thomas Gaughan – Booklist

“Never have so many dysfunctional people combined for such a riveting read as in Archer Mayor’s “Tag Man.” […] Mayor writes an intelligent mystery. His characters are real, the things that happen to them are logical, and the plot is believable. It’s a pleasure to find a story that captures readers’ attention, makes them care… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Mary Foster – Associated Press

“Archer Mayor knows writing —period. His discussions with students and faculty are informative, entertaining, and stimulating. His wry, dry sense of humor, his unusual background, his fund of knowledge about his craft-all make him a terrific “find” as a visiting writer, and a rare treat for both formal and informal gatherings.”

Dave Wilson

The Hotchkiss School Lakeville, CT

“My students (young and old) enter the world of an outstanding writer, are mesmerized by his methods, research, concerns, and especially his imagination. For the mystery writer, the aspiring writer, or those curious about the workings of a remarkable talent, a session with Archer Mayor is priceless.”

George Demko

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

“I have coordinated many author visits and Archer Mayor’s ranks among the most outstanding. His willingness to share his time, insights, and expertise was the highlight of the year for my English students. He presents a compelling picture of one of the ways that good art, in the words of Horace, works; that is, it… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Daniel McMahon, Ph.D. Principal

The Bullis School, Potomac, MD

“The evening Archer Mayor joined us was the highlight of the year for the library. We so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we couldn’t believe that 90 minutes had passed so quickly.”

Lorna Rivers

Leverett Library, Leverett, MA

“We are indebted to Mr. Mayor for the time he spent with us. His background and experience allowed him to visit not only with English classes, but also with Journalism, History, and Science classes. He is amazingly approachable and understands and respects the commitment that teachers make to their students, and understands, as well, the… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Patrick Smith

DeMatha Catholic H.S., Hyattsville, MD

“Archer Mayor has been a guest on several occasions. Each time, his dry wit and obvious intelligence have engaged the students, offering them insight about the discipline and focus necessary for the work of a professional writer. Archer’s critique of students’ own writing was direct and constructive. In end-of-the-term evaluations, they have consistently cited his… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Martha Lyman

Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA

“Mayor does everything right, keeping readers riveted by expertly interweaving well-developed characters, a fast-moving plot, and interesting factoids about his setting. Best of all is Gunther himself; a kind and sensitive cop whose intelligence and integrity make an irresistible combination.”

Booklist

“The most understated cop in crime fiction racks up a satisfying 16th in a series that marches confidently to its own unhurried beat.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Mayor serves up another satisfying mystery.”

Publisher's Weekly

“At ease with the history and maverick social structure of his region, the author isn’t afraid to look on its dark side. As rugged as those mountains in the background, this virile series should only last as long.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Mayor handles each (case) adeptly and shrewdly, bringing them to separate and startling conclusions.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Understated, occasionally very funny (see Kunkle) and very intelligent. In his 23rd appearance (Tag Man, 2011, etc.), the Sage of Brattleboro remains as appealing as ever.”

Kirkus

“The twenty-third book in this fine series offers all the elements that have captivated readers for more than two decades: solid police-procedural detail, a vivid sense of place, and wonderfully human interactions between Joe and the team he has nurtured from young beat cops to skilled investigators.”

Booklist

“Fans of this first-rate procedural series will be satisfied.”

Publisher's Weekly

“[The Company She Kept] affords Mayor full opportunity to write engagingly and sometimes lyrically about the beauties, virtues, and quirks of his home state. This is another fine entry in a series that has been engaging crime devotees for more than a quarter century.”

Booklist

“Joe Gunther shows no sign of slowing down in Mayor’s accomplished 26th novel featuring the field force commander of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation…. Mayor does a good job dramatizing the political and cultural conflicts, but it’s the special push-the-envelope talents of Gunther and his team that make this series so enjoyable.”

Publisher's Weekly

“Presumption of Guilt is another fine entry in a wonderful series—well plotted, as always, and featuring one of the best ensemble casts in the genre…A reappearance of the titular character from Tag Man (2011) will seem to fans like a reunion with an old friend.”

Booklist

“Evocative prose, a strong sense of place, and a simple yet satisfying conclusion elevate this expertly crafted whodunit. Trip-wire tension complements intelligent detective work, fascinating forensics, and an airtight plot; the rich shared history of Mayor’s deftly drawn ensemble cast adds texture and depth without leaving new readers in the dark.”

Publisher's Weekly

“Outstanding… Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives’ special talents… in this welcome addition to the long-running series.”

Publisher's Weekly

“Solid, unspectacular work from all hands, including Mayor, who as usual forgoes high-concept mystery for the slow-burning pleasures of the multitrack regional procedural.”

Kirkus Review