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With Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team spread thin on assignment everywhere, from the remote dairy country of Northwest Vermont to the slums of Newark, New Jersey, they're pushed to their absolute limit when a string of serial arsons across the Green Mountain State evolves into the most shocking series of murders the bucolic region has ever known.

©2019 Archer Mayor (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent!

Spoilers Involved. I have listened to every Joe Gunther book on Audible. Tom Taylorson’s voice acting is magnificent. And every woman has to fall a little in love with stoic, dependable Joe. St Albans does not disappoint. Since Mayor switched over from 1st person, we’ve had even more insight into all of the supporting players - I am Team Willie all the way-, and we’ve sadly been in the heads of murder victims minutes before their deaths.
St Albans is rich with farming families juxtaposed against Newark monsters. Through it all, Joe wants justice for a murdered teen, but he doesn’t set out at breakneck speed. It’s methodical police work with a bit of luck. Readers who have followed Joe will have a visceral, negative reaction to the hateful farmer’s wife, while laughing at Willie’s disdain for Newark.
And finally, FINALLY, Joe is untethered from Gail Zigman. I’ve always hated almost everything about her. I have no problem with her ambition and her soap boxes, but she’s always had a sneering superiority whether as a Selectman in Brattleboro (big deal) or dumping Joe after 20 years because she’s just figured out that he’s a flipping cop. As a former state’s attorney, I was pulling my hair out at her tedious moralizing while Gail was in that same job for a few books. Joe nurtures and protects everyone around him. Normally, heroes are emotionally constipated loners, but Joe is surrounded by good friends and people who need him.
He’s a man worth knowing. Adios, Gail. I will not miss you.

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political views coming out a little more and more

We know Vermont is pretty liberal Bernie Sanders enough said but it seems like more and more in these later books that Democrats are good nice and quiet people, their views are wonderful yadda yadda yadda. Seems like all the bad people are centrists are right believe in making a dollar businessmen, capitalist or just have a nasty attitude. He's not blatant with it but still I wish he could just stare away from this whole thing and now with Gail getting more and more involved with politics and her holier now attitude I'm really getting a bit tired of it. As for the new narrator in this book I thought he did a good job. I don't know why Joe has to be read like he's 120-year-old anyway even from book one.

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Atypical

I've read the entire Joe Gunther series and enjoyed all but one book, St Alban's Fire. The opening chapter ends with the death of a boy and many farm animals including a new born calf. All the female characters are shallow and predictably self absorbed. The book seems like it was written by a different author. I didn't like this departure from his usual style as I rather enjoy his usual style.

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Good riddance Gail

I've been enjoying all books, except that Gail has really been grinding on my nerves (guess that's the sign of good authorship:o). Hope she's out of Joe's hair for sure.

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Great series but....

Can we get rid of Gail Ziggman please? The stories and the other characters are excellent then there is Gail. We get it she was rapped we dont need to hear her throw it in joes face every time they speak. All gail seems to do is whin about her privileged life and grip at joe because she was rapped. No matter what joe say or what kind of problem he is having when he tries to talk to gail either she cant make time or she throws her rap into it. Its really getting stupid. I hope joe kicks her to the curb soon it would really make the story alot better.

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pretty good series

I'm big on thrillers and cop series, but I'm also big on accuracy if your going to write a cop drama. What is thoroughly driving me crazy about the Joe Gunther series is his age. Example, this book mentions 1967 to which Joe states 50 years ago, which would make the time frame for this book 2017. Now Joe has stated he served in the Koran War (1950-1953). If he was 18 years old when he served in Korea then during this story he would be 85-88 years old?????? Come on Archer Mayor more attention to detail please.

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So long Gail!

Another Great audiobook from Archer Mayor. I am extremely addicted to the Joe Gunther series. Gail is just to much always making it about her and not the big picture. Joe is a Great guy who seems like he would do anything to protect those around him, just sometimes it isn’t enough for certain people. Can’t wait to listen to the next Joe Gunther mystery.

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Joe Gunther series is great but...

I truly love the stories of Joe Gunther, but this one was a struggle, Gail was awful in general. She came across childishly immature. I have no clue what will happen with her in future stories but I am over her. She muddles otherwise genuinely well told stories.

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Ok but

The book is really boring. Boring the book is. Is it boring, yes. Yes yes