Book review: Bury the Lead: A Joe Gunther novel — by Archer Mayor

(Minotaur Books)
Joe Gunther and his crew, some a little worse for wear, some decidedly more romantically inclined than ever, are tasked with unraveling the underpinnings of two cases at once: the discovery of a deceased Jane Doe near a ski trail on Bromley Mountain with an all-too-easy confession; the other, a murky set of circumstances surrounding multiple explosions at a grocery warehousing facility. And those events may or may not be related to the third dilemma Joe confronts — an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Are these cases intertwined?
Impeccably detailed descriptions of police procedures, over many various agencies, lends an authentic quality to Mayor’s books that is always very satisfying to read. Add in some cantankerous Vermont charm, a slew of colorful yet flawed characters that aid Joe in his investigation, as well as a increasingly suspenseful and complex plot, and you have all the makings of a great mystery novel, and this certainly is one. This is the 29th book in Archer Mayor’s New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, written by a Vermont author who is also an investigator for the sheriff’s department, the state medical examiner, and who has 25 years of experience as a firefighter/EMT.
— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.
8 Suspense & mystery novels set in Vermont
A Borrowing of Bones, by Paula Munier
World of Trouble, by Ben H. Winters
The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon
Black Diamond Fall, by Joseph Olshan
Harvest of Bones, by Nancy Means Wright
What Remains of Her, by Eric Rickstad
The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
Go with Me, by Castle Freeman

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