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Bellows Falls (Joe Gunther Mysteries) Hardcover – December, 1997

4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
Book 8 of 23 in the Joe Gunther Mysteries Series

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Anyone who thinks life in small-town America is either idyllic or safe hasn't read Archer Mayor's series of murder mysteries set in Brattleboro, Vermont. Drugs, sex, murder--all those big-city crimes have their counterparts in the Green Mountain State, and Mayor's fictional police officer, Lieutenant Joe Gunther, is no Andy Griffith of Mayberry. In Bellows Falls, hard-boiled Gunther finds himself up to his neck in spousal abuse, sexual debauchery, teen crime, police corruption, and cold-blooded murder as he investigates a seemingly simple case of sexual harassment. Forget the cheddar cheese and maple syrup--visitors to Archer Mayor's Vermont get a close-up view of rural New England's dark side.

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The eighth Joe Gunther novel is set in Bellows Falls, Vermont, close to the police detective's usual stomping ground, Brattleboro. Once again, the locale is king, with near-elegiac descriptions of the majestic alongside the seamy. The somewhat convoluted plot, which leads from a youthful drug dealer to a statewide drug ring, almost takes a back seat, despite several exciting chase scenes and some good characterizations. A growing body of fans will want this latest entry.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Joe Gunther Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (December 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892966378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892966370
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been hooked on Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series. Bellows Falls, the eighth in the series, is another mystery that twists and winds through the small towns and personalities of Vermont. Rarely does a book series make me want to know the area and people described, but Mayor manages to make Vermont, and it's culture, a character you want to know more about.

This series even has me considering retiring in Vermont, in a sleepy, rural back woods area where neighbors know each other but accept their idiosyncrasies. I sure don't want to live in the Brattleboro of Joe Gunther though. Like Cabbot Cove in the Jessica Fletcher books, there are more mysterious deaths and crimes than I'd care to be a neighbor too.

Looking forward to book nine. And later...
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An engaging and thoughtful crime mystery novel. Based in Vermont, it has an unusual feel. We are so used to crime settings in big cities, this has a unique outlook. Of course, small towns and small states have crimes, also. This book, set in Vermont, gets to focus in on characters and personalities. Archer writes with clarity and precision. His characters are interesting and the secondary characters have particular depth.
Having lived and gone to school in Vermont (Middlebury, for which Archer gives a nice plug in the book) the settngs and geography all ring true. Fun, light reading.
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I love this series of books. As I live near Brattleboro, VT, it is like I am involved in the story. I can't wait to read all of the books by Mr. Gunther. I highly recommend them for anyone who likes mysteries. None of them are clear cut
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I started reading Archer Mayor (Joe Gunther) books following a recommendation from my brother-in-law who lives in Vermont. Started reading the books in random order and quickly learned that, while each book stands on its own, reading them in order is a better choice if one likes the series and decides to read them all. Use his web site to obtain an ordered list.
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From my first experience with the Joe Gunther series, I've been thrilled to have discovered a consummate writer and storyteller in author Archer Mayor. He has a true talent for crafting a suspense-filled plot, and his writing style is amazing. There's not an editing error to be found in any of his books, and there's a fluidity to his descriptions and dialogue that keeps the reader completely engaged in the story (often until the wee hours as each book is very hard to put down). Once you've been exposed to his ability to turn a phrase in such an elegant way and to create compelling realistic characters, you'll find yourself completely hooked. Each new installment is a unique story revolving around familiar people that you've come to know and care about. In Bellows Falls, it's again obvious that Mayor's real life experiences in law enforcement and death investigations as well as his amazing insight into the psychological makeup of his characters, combine to create another five star book. And although each installment in the series is a stand-alone story, do yourself a favor and start with the first one. Reading them in order makes each one an even better expedience!
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Excellent character development; complicated plot that keeps things moving and keeps you involved; you care about the characters, the outcome, the state and, surprisingly, the weather. Archer is a master story teller.
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I am a Vermonter and it is nice to read Mr. Mayor's stories and be able to visualize exactly where things take place. This was one of my favorites; a good solid story, great characters and a fast pace. Willie Kunkle is always the dark knight and Gail the bit of sunshine that keeps Joe grounded. Great stories!
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Great as always. This fast paced mystery is interesting and engaging and has left us (my mother and me) coming back for more! I've already bought the next one in the series and never want it to end!

I"A" is for Alibi (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) also enjoyed Sue Grafton's "Alphabet Mystery Series" and Mark Giminez The Color of Law: A Novel - but beware, some of his books are about politics, which is fine if you like that kind of thing, but not if you are expecting a good legal novel.

If you are looking for exciting adventure books for kids / teenagers, my mother recommends Jake Johnson And The Half Bloods (Quest 1) Jake Johnson And The Half Bloods (Quest 1) (Jake Johnson And The Greek Gods) and its sequel Jake Johnson And The Journey To Olympus (Quest 2) Jake Johnson And The Journey To Olympus (Quest 2) (Jake Johnson And The Greek Gods) (Previously Published as "The God Of War")

For even younger readers (6 to 9 years) try Mustachio Gets Kidnapped Mustachio Gets Kidnapped (Mustachio and Puppy Grace), which is a really cute story with a good moral about helping those in need. The hero of the book is a very imaginative creature which is a blue puppy with wings and a unicorn horn! And she is not just pretty, but great at rescuing a friend in trouble!
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