New York Times Bestselling Author Archer Mayor to Speak at Athol Public Library!

Saturday, November 16 at 11:30 a.m. Registration required!

Archer Mayor, author of the New York Times bestselling, Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, will appear at Athol Public Library. Mayor will be reading from and autographing his new novel, Bomber’s Moon, on Saturday, November 16 at 11:30 a.m. as the library celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Mystery Discussion Group.


What is a Bomber's Moon? A moon so bright you can spot your enemy by its light. The catch? They see you, too! In Mayor’s latest crime novel, two strong young women, (one a hardboiled introvert, the other a trusting extrovert) unlikely partners, are both embroiled in the same crime from opposite angles.

Sally—engaging, smart, and last seen in Tag Man—returns as a skilled Private Investigator. Strong minded and well trained, she is placed undercover to peel away the layers hiding questionable activities at a local prep school. Rachel, an Investigative Reporter (and the Medical Examiner's daughter) now works for the Brattleboro Reformer. She pursues a seductive, creative thief, becoming enmeshed in his intricate, Byzantine activities—suffering the consequences of becoming too close. Mayor brings in his usual steady team to keep an eye on these two "wild cards," as they all work to find out who did what to whom.

This book has the gripping twists and turns, murder and mayhem we of course expect from Mayor. This is the THIRTIETH book in the bestselling Joe Gunther mystery series.

Archer Mayor has now written 30 bestselling Joe Gunther novels, loosely based on his actual experience in the field. Over the past 30 years, he has worked (and continues to work) as a firefighter/EMT, a police officer, and a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Mayor’s diverse careers in other fields also inform his books. He has been a scholar, editor, researcher, and photographer, as well as a political advance man and a medical illustrator.

Inviting Mayor to the library to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mystery Discussion group seemed an obvious choice for event organizer and group facilitator, Karen McNiff. Over the years the group membership has changed, but the interest in gathering monthly to talk about mysteries has remained. The discussion group was started in 1994 by then Assistant Director, Dorothy Hayden and taken over by McNiff in 2001. The group has read hundreds of titles and been visited by several bestselling authors including Anne Cleeves, Robert Parker, and Susan Witting Albert. Archer Mayor was a guest following the release of his sixth Joe Gunther novel The Dark Root in 1995 and again in 2003 after the release of the thirteenth novel, Sniper’s Wife. A favorite of mystery lovers, the library is pleased to have Mayor back to celebrate this exciting anniversary.

The program, generously funded by the Friends of the Library and the Athol Cultural Council, is free and open to the public. Mystery enthusiasts are invited to attend this special event along with Discussion Group regulars. A few copies of Bombers Moon are available for checkout at the library, or patrons can borrow one of Mayor’s many other titles to get ready for the event.

Registration is required. Please call 978-249-9515 or stop by the library at 568 Main Street in Athol and make your reservation today!