• The Marble Mask

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,064 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joe Gunther, a Brattleboro, Vermont cop, is the head of the new Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI), a joint task force charged with statewide responsibility for major crimes. In The Marble Mask, the VBI's first case takes the force north to Stowe, where a 50-year-old corpse has turned up in a crevasse on Mt. Mansfield. Some of the more interesting minor characters in author Archer Mayor's long-running series about the amiable elder sleuth make return appearances here as Joe's teammates - like one-armed Willy, a former wife-beater who's now playing footsie with Sammie Martens, one of Joe's favorite colleagues.

When the frozen stiff turns out to have been a big-time Canadian crime boss named Jean Deschamps who disappeared after World War II, Joe and his gang cross the border to work with the Mounties, the Surete, and the local cops in Sherbrooke, where Deschamps' son Marcel is involved in a turf war with the Hell's Angels and a rival gang of thugs. Old secrets and intrigues come to light while an intricate plan to frame a dying man for a half-century-old crime forms an interesting puzzle that's not fully revealed until the very end.

©2013 Archer Mayor (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Really enjoy the characters

As the books progress the character development gets better and better. I love the good but flawed people fighting for justice in a world that can be stacked against law enforcement. I will continue with this series.

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The great Tom T.

What a great performance by Mr. Taylorson! The subtle nuances in voice change make listening to this collection a wonderful experience. Mr. Mayor's writing of these characters is masterful and further embellished by Tom's understanding of their voice.

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A First Class Thriller

Narrated leisurely by Tom Taylorson, Archer Mayer's "The Marble Mask" will take you through a mind bending path, humourous, enthralling, full of suspense, and finally comes together beautifully.

The 11th is a series, will cajole you to listen to the rest.

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One of the best ones

The familiar characters are back with new ones across the Canadian border.

The author really captures the Quebecois cadence and Tom T nails the accent. He’s become one of my favorite narrators!

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Joe Gunther Bk 11

I was new to Joe Gunther mysteries //Archer Mayor 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 Mayor’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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Solving a Cold Case

Each book can technically be a standalone story, but you should really read in order starting at the beginning. It'll make more sense and be more enjoyable.

I've been enjoying this series. I like the main characters, the setting and Tom Taylorson is one of my favorite narrators.
I like all the regular characters that continue through the series, but there's a lot of extra characters that are new and different in each book. Sometimes I'm not sure what's going on, because I can't keep all the people and their connections straight. It's harder without seeing faces like in person or on TV, or reading the names in print. (I'd like to note, this is likely some type of comprehension issue on my part.)

There's been a few books in this series that I didn't understand without listening to more than once. This was one of those. I liked the book, but in the end I still don't know who killed who, how, where, etc. I do know why, but that's about it, lol. I'm sure if I went through and listened again, it would make sense then, but I don't want to listen again. I understand everything that's happening with the main characters, and that's all that really matters in order to move on to the next book.

Sidenote: Am I the only person wondering why this book was named after that mask? The mask didn't finally appear until the 2nd half of the book and it had no effect on the storyline whatsoever. The book would've been exactly the same if the mask was never mentioned. I understand drawing parallels between the mask and the characters who were pretending to be someone/something they weren't. But overall, I found the mask to be irrelevant. Maybe I'm missing something?

Anyway, on to the next book! I want to see how Joe nearly dies next, who Willy can piss off, if Sammy will get her heart broken again or not, how the new VBI situation is working out, etc.

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Love this series

Great mystery..... a murder of a frozen man found, that was killed in the 1940s. They soon discover he has ties to a corrupt family from Canada. The killer could be rivals, in the organization or someone keeping him from looking in to his sons death. Interesting seeing the way they tackle a murder from so long ago and across country lines as well. Excellent story!

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Marble Mask

I love Willie and Joe’s relationship. Also I’m so glad Sammie and Willie are together. The series is awesome

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So much better than the last book!

The Joe Gunther we all know and love is back! Although across borders, Joe and his gang are back to small town sleuthing, Joe's and Gail's relationship is back on track (mostly, as usual) and good things are happening for my favorite character Willie. I was very critical of the last book in this series, but I feel that Archer Mayor is finally back to the subject and style that suit him best.

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my review

Too many words. Joe got cold, Joe got hot, people died. priceless art ended up.....????

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  • 12-09-21

Please give Jo Gunther a desk job

I liked this story, lots of twists and turns. Liked that the new team included Sami and Willy, as a consultant. Hope He sticks with Sami and is going to go back into the team.

Jo was as accident prone as ever, he needs to leave pursuits to his team, he is a liability, he can do the planning. Wasn’t long before poor long suffering Gail was at his bedside again. He is never grateful either to Gail or his team. I still notice that he doesn’t use the words Please and Thank you much…….

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-22

Like 60 minute episode

This felt like a good story to begin with but dragged on far too long. Situations seemed contrived to get you to the next part. Being stuck in the snow and the train incident stick out as oddly written given how good the author is. This feels like a 60 minute episode of a police drama made into 8hours...

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  • Fee
  • 01-31-20

Not good

Sadly I returned, so I don’t know what happened because I just couldn’t care, I don’t want history or geography lessons, I don’t need them. Very disappointing.