• Borderlines

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,112 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant Joe Gunther is in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom investigating a minor embezzling case. It's a pleasant distraction and a chance to reconnect with old friends, but when a house fire reveals itself to be arson, compounded by murder, Gunther can't help but investigate. He quickly finds himself enmeshed in a web of animosity between put-upon townspeople, the state police, angry parents, and members of a reclusive sect. Murder follows murder, yet no one seems to be telling Gunther the whole truth - not even his childhood friends. And truth is what he desperately needs if he's to stop the killings.

©2015 Archer Mayor (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Exceptional

Again, audible has made it possible to read new authors and I’m grateful to have found an awesome series. Both the authors’ story and the narrator takes one out of their reality into a story of mystery.
Thank you.

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Meh

Kind of an odd experience. I love the narration. I love the world building. I love the storytelling ... mostly.

Everything feels good about the story until you hit about 75%. And then the resolution comes a bit haphazardly. Very quickly with a lackluster aha moment. I'm also not sold on Joe. He's a good lead but also doesn't really seem to be putting in the effort. And in this one, he talked to much. As seasoned as he is, and feels, it's at odds with the character he's supposed to be.

I'm sticking with it for a bit though. They've got a nice rhythm.

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so glad I found Joe

just started reading Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series and I'm loving them. although I wouldn't want to live in his town (too many murders), the locale and people remind me of home (Michigan's Upper Peninsula). I like Joe's human frailties, his supporting cast - especially Kunkle - and the small town feel with their dark underbellies. great reading or listening.

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Love this series & performance!!

I just found these books probably 2 weeks ago. I'm moving on to book 4. I'm hooked. I haven't even used my credit yet because this series has kept me thoroughly entertained. The performance is fantastic and the stories are a mix of mystery, thriller, with some humor and great detective work. I saw a few bad reviews before deciding to give them a try and obviously this just isn't the genre for those people. This is everything I look for in murder mystery books with awesome narration, and did I mention that almost all of these books are included with Prime membership?! There are a ton of books in this series!

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If you like riding a bicycle with flat tires, then this is the book for you. It creeps along sedately as the cast members are introduced and suspicious deaths are shuffled into the mix... then the down hill pace quickens as a gory murder scene amps up the action. The nonstop police work carries us along to unravel a fine plot.

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Needs Editing

Interesting plot but way too much narration. The author loves to write and write and write. The story takes way too long to unfold. By the time I finally got near the end, I was losing interest.

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This is the second book in this series. In this book Joe is searching for a killer that started a fire. He is away from home at a place he knew from when he was younger. There is a good story line and it's easy to follow. Joe kinda does things his way. He doesn't care what people thinks. He has a way of finding things out. If you like this type of books I think you'll like this. Tom Taylorson does a good job narrating this book. Tom has the perfect voice for mystery books He does good with the different people. If my review is any help will you please click on the helpful link below. Thank you

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OUTSTANDING

This second book is at least as good if not better than the first; rare in the world of literature. As I recommended the first book to all, I again recommend this to everyone. The stupid comments about foul language are just that... stupid.

Don’t miss this one!

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good 2nd story

Nadick is pronounced with a long a. Story line is good but could have beefed up history between 1st book

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another terrific novel

This is another wonferful glimpse of Joe Gunthers interesting character and work.I loved it.Will get book 3 immediately

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  • 08-26-21

Hooked

I’ve only recently become an audio book fan and have to say that I’m pretty choosy about narrators, so Tom Taylorson has allowed me to get to know the character of Joe Gunther.

What I love about Archer Mayor is that he allows you to get to know the characters, as well as taking you on the journey through the investigation and it’s twists and turns. Would definitely recommend to my super sleuth friends.

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  • Fee
  • 01-01-20

Easy listening, enjoyable series.

Easy listening, enjoyable series. Doesn’t require listening intently. Previously I didn’t like the narrator but in this series he is much more realistic and credible.

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  • Bobbie Jo
  • 07-18-22

Well read . Poor book

This one wasn’t for me . disappointed in the book can see why it was free . Won’t be reading any more books by this Author .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

Generally Good Listen

Bits when it dragged on but worth while persevering to the end.
Will read more!

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  • BlakWulf
  • 07-05-22

Just as clever

Just as good as book 1, just as beautifully read. A small town erupts into violence and the tension mounts. Fascinating characters.

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  • Rosie_007
  • 08-18-22

Interesting story

I almost stopped listening after the first chapter because I'm against hunting but I persevered. I'm glad I did because the actual murder mystery was well done. I'll probably try and read more from this author.

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  • Kirsty
  • 04-17-22

Anachronisms?

I am already on book number four in the series and am enjoying all them very much. They are well written, I believe in the main characters and tthe plots are brilliant. I love the way the books end and the way there is a thread from the last one in the following book.

But I have a problem. I believe the books are set a while ago, starting in the 80s. How does the timeline work? Joe fought in Korea - I thought that war happened in the early 50s, so is he already early 50s, at the youngest he could be? Cell phones are in use, some people use typewriters, some computers - obviously desktops. Were these things standard issue (obviously not asking about the typewriters) I love the narratives and the narration but these things bring me up short every time they are mentioned, and confuse me again.

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  • Pretzel B
  • 02-11-22

Another good crime book from Archer Mayor,

Follows well from the first of the Joe Gunther series. The background research is impressive