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When the body of a fast-living young stockbroker is found in a shallow grave, suspicion first falls on a cuckolded policeman. Lieutenant Joe Gunther investigates the increasingly bizarre details of the crime, but he's too far behind events to prevent a second murder. Indeed, whoever is responsible always seems to be a few steps ahead, as if there's a leak in the police force. Sweltering August heat does nothing to calm the increasingly agitated town selectmen, who demand results.

©1992 Archer Mayor (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Almost earns 5 stars!

Scent of Evil is Book 3 in the 28 novel Joe Gunther police procedural mystery series by Archer Mayor. Of the five series novels I have listened to it is easily the best due mostly to the way suspense is built. Tom Taylorson does an excellent job of narration.

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Good enough

A nice easy listening mystrry, the reader 's voice comfortable to curl up with. If you like lots of police procedural,, you will like this one.

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Too much foul language

There is entirely to much foul language within the story line. I found it to be very uncomfortable to listen to the narrative.

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OK plot, awkward writing

The plot is good. Brattleboro setting is refreshingly different. Nice sense of place. The characters are likeable -- and it's a relief to read a police novel where the mayor or the police chief or the detective's best friend is NOT the murderer.

But for me the writing was like fingernails across a blackboard. Too many usage mistakes and wrong-word errors. If this sort of thing doesn't bother you, good novel. If this sort of thing does bother you, beware.