• St. Albans Fire

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 16
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (636 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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, story great

narrator the best , story great, would recommend this Joe Gunther series to any one

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All of his books are great!

All of his books are great. I have tried to listen to all of them.

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Joe Gunther rides again

I wish someone would make a series of this character. He’s smart, sensitive, cunning and experienced. St. Alban’s Fire is no exception to the series. Good story line, clever, insightful characters. What’s not to love?. Thank you Archer Mayor for keeping Joe’s experiences alive.

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oh Joe Gunther

I have really fallen in love with Joe Gunther over the course of this series. His character is just awesome. A real stand up, honest, trustworthy, hardworking, dedicated man. This book was a real emotional one for me. I even cried. I want so much for Joe to be happy. He so deserves it. Fair warning there are 2 audio versions of this book, one with Tom Taylorson who IS Joe Gunther to me and another by a different narrator. I accidentally picked the other narration first and it ruined the book for me. After 15 or so books with Tom, my brain couldn't accept the new voice.

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Joe Gunther Bk 16

I was new to Joe Gunther mysteries //Archer Mayer and began listening with book 1. I was captivated by the character building of all the individuals in the series. I almost feel like I know each of their doppelgangers in my own life. As I was saying I began with book 1 and became so entrenched in the Joe Gunther mysteries I binged listened to all 32 books with fascination, escape, and enjoyment. I love the less than perfect characters, the thought processes each character manipulates and how each struggle with mental demons (some more than others) that make them real and come to life. I am also really impressed that not one of Mr Mayer’s stories (of all 32 books) repeat themselves in story line which is a impressive feat. My only disappointment is the next book isn’t out until Sept 2022.

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So much better the second time around!

I am revisiting the Joe Gunther books and found that I like this book so much more the second time around! The first death scene is so heartbreaking (both the human and non-human victims), that I let it color my enjoyment of the whole book. I also had trouble sympathizing with my least favorite character in the series which also stole my joy. I find Gail selfish, thoughtless, immature, and narcissistic. Forewarned is forearmed, so I managed to push through her private musings and actions and actually enjoyed solving the crime this time. Tom Taylorson was still a wonderful narrator and the book was so much better. I'm glad I gave this book a second chance.

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Wow

In my opinion this was the best book of the series. Well at least so far

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What around the corner?

I'm gonna miss Gail! Joe will cope well? I guess its time to hit the next chapter.

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Boring soap opera

Poor character development. Mediocre plot. No surprises and no twists. The biggest problem is you did not care about the characters at all.



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  • 04-05-22

Ok

Much the same as the others. An easy listen. So much so that I often fade out and have to go back and re listen. Tom Taylorson, excellent as ever. Gail/Gayle as annoying and navel gazing as ever.