Thursday November 15, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Newfane author Archer Mayor will make four area appearances this week to discuss and sign copies of "Paradise City," his 23rd Joe Gunther mystery novel.

* Mayor will be at Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls on Friday at 6 p.m. For more information, call 802-463-9404 or visit www.villagesquarebooks.com.

* Mayor will make his annual appearance at Baker’s Hallmark on Putney Road, Brattleboro, on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call 802-257-9546.

* Mayor will be at the Toadstool Bookshop, 222 West St., on Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information call The Toadstool Bookshop at 603-352-8815. This event is free.

* On Monday, the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St., will welcome Mayor at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchasing and autographing. This event is free. The Community Center is handicapped-accessible. For information, call Ann at 802-254-2415 or Jean at 802-254-9212.

In "Paradise City," Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are alerted to a string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont. Someone, in addition to flatscreens, computers and stereos, has also been stealing antiques and jewelry. Meanwhile, in Boston, an elderly woman surprises some thieves in her Beacon Hill home and is viciously murdered. The Boston police find that not only is the loot similar to what’s being stolen in Vermont, but it may have the same destination. Word is out that someone powerful is purchasing these particular kinds of items in the Paradise City of Northampton, Mass.

Gunther, the Boston Police and the vengeful niece of the murdered old lady convene on Northampton, eager to get to the bottom of the mystery -- although each is motivated to mete out some very different penalties.

Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as "the best police procedurals being written in America."

He is also a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction -- the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored.

Mayor is a Newfane resident and a sheriff’s deputy, fire fighter, Emergency Medical Technician and a Death Investigator with the Medical Examiner’s Office.

For more information call The Toadstool Bookshop at 603-352-8815. This event is free.