On October 21, 2015

Mystery author Archer Mayor talks about his new novel in Rutland

Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. — RUTLAND — On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Archer Mayor for a talk on his new novel “The Company She Kept,” the 26th Joe Gunther mystery!

About “The Company She Kept”: During the height of a particularly brutal Vermont winter, one morning a woman’s body is found hanging high above the Interstate. The woman, found with the word “dyke” carved on her chest, is quickly determined to be the victim of a brutal murder. That alone is enough to bring in Joe Gunther and his VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) team. But when the victim is identified not only as a state senator, but as an intimate friend of the female governor, it unleashes a publicity maelstrom that makes a difficult investigation more challenging. While the anti-lesbian message is an obvious feint meant to mislead investigators, it does reveal that the governor is gay, and forces her to publicly acknowledge that fact. In the meantime, while the publicity rages on to even greater heights, the police begin to focus intensely on the dead senator’s life. One thing they uncover is that she had a fondness for recreational marijuana. In Vermont, however, neither lesbianism nor marijuana use are the stuff of murder. It’s up to Gunther and his team to cut through this particular stack of weeds to find out not just who, but why?

Archer Mayor, in addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, is a deputy with the Windham County sheriff’s department, an investigator for the state medical examiner, and has 25 years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vt.

Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the novel of topic will be available to purchase and have signed. For more info, call 802-855-8078 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.

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