Archer Mayor kicks off Vermont voices series

Archer Mayor. Photo provided
Archer Mayor. Photo provided

CHESTER, Vt. – Each year in November, Chester’s Phoenix Books Misty Valley invites Vermont writers who have written admirable books to come to Chester on Sundays at 2 p.m. to share their work.

As has been the case since the beginning of Vermont Voices fifteen years ago, Archer Mayor, Vermont’s favorite mystery writer and raconteur, returns this year on Sunday, November 6, with his new – and 27th – Joe Gunther tale, Presumption of Guilt.

A forty-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear energy site. It becomes a case for the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) and its leader, Joe Gunther, since they have the resources and the ability to investigate an old, very cold, missing person’s case that has now been reclassified as murder.

But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death, right after speaking with Gunther. And when a young police officer, the son of VBI investigator Lester Spinney, is kidnapped, is that meant to be a warning to the VBI team to drop the case?

After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has to the power to kill, and it’s up to Gunther and his team to capture the living and finally put the dead to rest.

Archer Mayor is a medical examiner, EMT, lab technician, fireman, policeman, scholar, editor, researcher, photographer, medical illustrator and Newfane resident, as well as being a novelist and winner of the prestigious New England Booksellers Association award for fiction.

Vermont Voices continues on Sunday, November 13, also at 2 pm at the bookstore, with Stephen P. Kiernan presenting his new book, The Hummingbird.

On Sunday, November 20, Thomas Christopher Greene will talk about his fifth novel, If I Forget You.

A discussion and book signing will follow the events. This year all Vermont Voices events will be at the bookstore and are free of charge.  For more information call Phoenix Books Misty Valley at (802) 875-3400 or visit

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