Archer Mayor to Visit Weston





Author of critically-acclaimed Joe Gunther mystery series

 to discuss and autograph copies of his 27th book, Presumption of Guilt.

[Weston, VT]— Archer Mayor, author of the New York Times bestselling, Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, will appear at a Wilder Memorial Library reading in the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VermontMayor will be reading from and autographing his new novel, Presumption of Guilt, on Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AMFor more information, visit or call 802-824-4307

In Presumption of Guilt (Minotaur Books), a jackhammer uncovers a skeleton while demolishing a concrete warehouse floor.  From there, Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team of Sammie Martens, Willy Kunkle, and Lester Spinney soon ID the body and the story unfolds, weaving in history about the construction of the Yankee nuclear power plant in the late 1970s.  Before long, the team is investigating not just the old case but a new murder – begging the question of whether the two are linked.

Library Journal recommended Presumption of Guilt, “In his latest Joe Gunther outing (after The Company She Kept), Mayor never fails to provide a solid police procedural combined with oddball characters and updates on the personal lives of his officers.”  And called Mayer’s latest, “A satisfying addition to a superior mystery series.”

Archer Mayor has written 26 bestselling Joe Gunther novels. Over the past 30 years, he has worked variously (or continues to work) as a firefighter/EMT, a police office, and a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A Yale graduate, scholar, editor, researcher, photographer, Mayor has also worked as a political advance man, and a medical illustrator. He is a winner of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The New York Times calls Archer Mayor “The boss man on procedures.” Booklist: “Mayor’s Joe Gunther novels are among the best cop stories being written today.”

Early Praise for Book 27, PRESUMPTION OF GUILT, by Archer Mayor:

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 (starred review)

“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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In his latest Joe Gunther outing (after The Company She Kept), Mayor never fails to provide a solid police procedural combined with oddball characters and updates on the personal lives of his officers…. A satisfying addition to a superior mystery series.” —Library Journal

What other mystery writers say about Archer Mayor:

“Archer writes books with strong female characters, plots to keep you up all night, and a good-looking, kind cop who is single. What’s not to love? And with 25 in this irresistible series, satisfaction guaranteed.”     

Lisa Scottoline, Author, “Keep Quiet” & 22 previous mysteries

“I once asked my wife who her favorite mystery author was and she said Archer Mayor… I’m not sure our marriage has recovered.”

Craig Johnson, Author, Walt Longmire Mysteries, A&E’s hit drama “Longmire”

“Has it really been 25 years since Joe Gunther arrived on the literary scene?  As a longtime fan of Archer, and Gunther, I say Bravo, and keep them coming!!  Another 25, please.

        Louise Penny, Author, Armand Gamache mysteries

“While thousands of other authors have been touted as the next big thing only to crash and burn, Archer Mayor has thrived. He has produced consistently fine and enviable prose. Congratulations to him on number twenty-five. He is the man.”

        Reed Farrel Coleman, Author, “The Hollow Girl”