Joe Gunther Series

29 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 560 ratings

Open Season Publisher's Summary

Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont, police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed - and others set up - seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man.

Signs suggest that a three-year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it's a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.

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  • Book 1

    • Open Season

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont, police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed - and others set up - seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man. Signs suggest that a three-year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it's a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!

    • By Kindle Customer on 12-01-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 2

    • Borderlines

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Lieutenant Joe Gunther is in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom investigating a minor embezzling case. It's a pleasant distraction and a chance to reconnect with old friends, but when a house fire reveals itself to be arson, compounded by murder, Gunther can't help but investigate. He quickly finds himself enmeshed in a web of animosity between put-upon townspeople, the state police, angry parents, and members of a reclusive sect.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • 1990 copyright

    • By Donna on 11-29-15

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  • Book 3

    • Scent of Evil

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Almost earns 5 stars!

    • By Wayne on 09-16-17

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  • Book 4

    • The Skeleton’s Knee

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    When a reclusive market gardener's death proves to stem from a 20-year-old bullet wound, Lieutenant Joe Gunther is presented with a very cold homicide to solve. But who was the victim exactly? A deeply private man eking out an ascetic existence from a hardscrabble mountain field, Abraham Fuller was virtually unknown to his neighbors, in the manner of someone pursuing more than mere solitude. The discovery of a bag full of unmarked bills and a body buried in the garden patch suggests that Fuller had motives beyond misanthropy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of Archer Mayor's better novels

    • By Wayne on 06-16-16

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  • Book 5

    • Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    When Gail Zigman, town selectwoman and Joe Gunther's companion of many years, is raped, Gunther finds himself caught between the media, local politicians, and a network of well-meaning victims' rights advocates as he tries to put his own feelings aside and follow a trail of evidence. Every lead points to a single obvious suspect, but is the evidence too perfect?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My new "favorite" mystery series!

    • By Amy M. Pritzl on 02-12-18

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  • Book 6

    • The Dark Root

    • Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    A brutal home invasion shocks Brattleboro's small Asian community, but no one is talking. Undeterred, Joe Gunther digs deeper and discovers a cross-border smuggling route carrying drugs, contraband, and illegal aliens into and out of Canada. Operating below the radar for years, competition between underworld rivals is bringing it into the light with deadly consequences.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just too long

    • By KMS on 02-01-17

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  • Book 7

    • The Ragman’s Memory

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

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  • Book 8

    • Bellows Falls

    • Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Joe Gunther is sent to the neighboring town of Bellows Falls to investigate harassment allegations against a fellow officer. But as Gunther doggedly pursues the truth, what begins as a seemingly open-and-shut case starts to look more and more like a frame job, and he soon finds himself feeling around the edges of a statewide drug distribution network.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Police procedural series set in Vermont

    • By Wayne on 09-02-17

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  • Book 9

    • The Disposable Man

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 9
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    When a local quarry yields a garroted body with bad dental work and toes tattooed in Cyrillic, Joe Gunther figures it's a Russian Mafia killing, rare as that might be in Vermont. But it's so very...tidy. So very...professional. Then the CIA calls, inviting Gunther down to Washington for some friendly "assistance" with his case. Suddenly he's caught up in a shadowy game of cross and double-cross.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • My least favorite Gunther book.

    • By troy on 02-20-18

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • The Marble Mask

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 11
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Joe Gunther, a Brattleboro, Vermont cop, is the head of the new Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). 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. 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.

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  • Book 12

    • Tucker Peak

    • Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 12
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    An overworked sheriff and a string of condo burglaries at a luxurious ski resort have Lieutenant Joe Gunther and the newly minted Vermont Bureau of Investigation digging deep for clues. But it doesn't take long for Joe to find the most likely thief missing and his girlfriend dead. As the complications mount, from drug dealing to environmental terrorism to attempted murder, Joe and his team go undercover to infiltrate the closed society of a one-company town, populated by bored millionaires and supported by a small legion of resort employees, not all of whom are what they seem.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This was a early title

    • By C. A. Snyder on 06-29-18

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  • Book 13

    • The Sniper's Wife

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 13
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The harrowing call comes from the NYPD: Willy's ex-wife Mary has been found dead in her Lower East Side apartment, and Willy is asked to identify the body. Torn from his beloved Vermont, Willy returns to the city of his hard-drinking youth with misgivings that deepen when he sees Mary's sad corpse on a gurney. Because of a fresh puncture mark in her arm, the police think she overdosed. But Willy has doubts. Driven by loss and guilt, Willy searches deeper and deeper into his past, to a long-ago Vietnam where he was a merciless loner known as the Sniper.

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  • Book 14

    • Gatekeeper

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 14
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    When, in the course of a week, a young heroin addict is gunned down while trying to rob a convenience store, a narcotics dealer is found hanging from a bridge, and the granddaughter of a political bigwig dies of an overdose, Vermont detective Joe Gunther vows to stop the flow of drugs into his beloved state.

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  • Book 15

    • The Surrogate Thief

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 15
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Over the years investigator Joe Gunther has battled drug pushers and corporate swindlers, grappled with environmental conspirators, and foiled gangs and home invaders. But while usually successful, Gunther hasn't always come out on top. Thirty years earlier, store owner Klaus Oberfeldt was robbed and beaten senseless. Gunther, distracted by his wife's losing struggle with cancer in the same hospital where Klaus was slipping from life, did something that would plague him for the rest of his career: He let the case go cold, burying it in the past along with his private sorrows. 

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  • Book 16

    • St. Albans Fire

    • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 16
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    In Northwestern Vermont, young Bobby Cutts enters the family barn and encounters a nightmare. Surrounded by bolts of fire, Bobby and the entire herd perish in a stampeding circle of flames. Called to the scene to investigate, Joe Gunther instantly recognizes arson. But by whom? And why? Gunther quickly discovers that someone is wreaking havoc across the bucolic farmlands surrounding the town of St. Albans.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good story

    • By P. K. Bellville on 02-28-17

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 17

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  • Book 18

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  • Book 19

    • The Catch

    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    A deputy sheriff was shot to death during a routine traffic stop on a dark country road. From what can been seen on the cruiser's video recorder of the killers, it is believed that they were a couple of Boston-based drug runners who had been on their way from Canada down to Boston. That's what brings Joe Gunther and his team to the investigation - an attempt to shut down the major drug running operation.

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  • Book 20

    • The Price of Malice

    • A Joe Gunther Novel
    • By: Archer Mayor
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Wayne Castine was found brutally murdered and the murderer remains at large. Castine, a suspected child predator, was killed in Brattleboro where he was involved with a tangled network of an extended family living in a local trailer park. Any member of the clan would have had the opportunity to kill him, and, as he was involved with both the mother and her 12 year old daughter, reason to commit the murder.

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