• The Ragman’s Memory

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,291 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A small girl brings Joe Gunther a bird's nest - made partially of human hair. In the search to match a body - and an identity - to the hair's owner, Joe comes across an unexplained death, a grisly murder, and a sudden disappearance. All seem to be entangled in a puzzling web of municipal corruption, blackmail, and industrial espionage. A shell-shocked World War II veteran nicknamed the Ragman may hold the key to it all - but only if Joe can get him to talk before the murderer strikes again.

©2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.; 2016 Archer Mayor

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What a Great story!

This story left you guessing all the way to the end! When you find out who the bad guys will be surprised! Joe always takes a beating and keeps going! It was Awesome as a Nurses Aide to patients with dementia to see a man with dementia helped piece it all together. Gail really helped out with this one as well. All the innocent lives that were lost due to these corrupt people is insane. You will really enjoy this one! One of my favorite so far in the Joe Gunther series

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phenomenal

this is a terrific mystery it kept me captivated I was listening without being able to stop the narration is out of this world it's unbelievable that the same actor can have so many voices I strongly recommend this author and this book

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Plus Catalog Gift

I must start this review by thanking Audible, once again, for providing additional titles at no cost with the Platinum membership. Just discovering Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther through the Plus Catalog has been a real joy. Novel after novel with the solid delivery by Tom Taylorson, I continue to enjoy Mr. Mayor's works.

From start to finish The Ragman's Memory is a pleasure to listen with the Taylorson gravel voice he has perfected as Joe Gunther. As a young girl provides Joe with a strand of hair from a bird's nest to discovering human bones in a dog's house, he is off to the races with another mystery murder to solve. With the usual cast of characters in the police force and Joe's now live in girlfriend Gail to assist, Joe moves through the puzzle before reaching a solid conclusion to this tale. Along the way, he must deal with the usual local politics and media that hamper and sometimes assist in his perseverance to solve a crime that now spreads as more lives are lost.

I have mentioned in other reviews that some authors have a tendency to get stale, and perhaps, a little lazy in keeping their novels fresh. Not so with Mr. Mayor as he continues to entertain story after story. With the great delivery by Tom Taylorson, I salute you both as I enter the next novel in my library to enjoy at some future date. Yes, dear reader, the novels are a bit dated so far, but you will not really notice or miss the so-called modern tech conveniences that are yet to come. Enjoy.

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An elegant mystery

Well-written, astonishingly elegant, and still believable. Despite the fact that Mayor must be on the payroll for the Brattleboro Board of Anti-Tourism, his sense of place is deeply soulful--full of understanding and acceptance. I hope to see Joe Gunther end up as one of the greats in the annals of crime fiction.

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I love willie!

I know he’s an ornery character, but he makes me laugh. Love this guy! Good book.

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Most boring book on audible.

The narration is excellent, no problem there I feel bad writing this, but I kept going and going hoping the story would get interesting. When I finally gave up, I was 10 hours in and realised there was literally no time left for any more action or plot development. My advice, give it a miss.

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not as good

to many chartacters without identitz buil up. they just seemed to pop up. couldn't keep up with them

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this was my favorite on the series so far!

compelling conspiracy qnd crazy interesting characters. really good story! and as always the narrator is great.

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Joe Gunther Bk 7

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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Excellent crime mystery

This was a interesting tale. Starting with mysterious human hair in a birds nest, some bone fragments and a tooth too multiple murders, missing persons, rabies and financial corruption.....this book has it all in spades. Love the mystery and wide cast of characters. Narrator was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-21

Another unusual plot. Very good

I like the team, like the insight into the lives of people living in a rural part of the United States.

Jo continues to be a depressive character, who as always, never catches his target in any pursuit, always falls over, drops his torch, forgets his gun? And radio. Doesn’t say please or thank you much to his team. Gail has to look after him like a mother, he is never grateful.

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  • Fee
  • 01-26-20

Okay

Not as good as the previous book. I’m listening to one after another, which I often do when I find a new series, maybe I just need a palate cleanser. I couldn’t be a narrator and I’m in awe of many narrators who are able to carry a multitude of different charters let alone a single one of the same sex, as Tom Taylorson does so well but, “Gail’s” voice is beginning to grate on me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-22

All The Characters

This book is full of clichéd character, corrupt officials, the loner who won't be missed, the people on the take down to the weird brothers. However the story moves along really quickly and the tone noticeably changed from the beginning chapters. I think by now I would expect to know more of the main characters but they remain only about as complex as book one. Overall a good book.

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  • John G.
  • 06-20-22

Not as good as previous.

This is been my least favourite Joe Gunther book so far. a bit disappointing actually.