The team is back in "Three Can Keep A Secret" by Archer Mayor
Dec 24, 2013
Tropical storm Irene is bearing down on Vermont as Three Can Keep a Secret: A Joe Gunter Novel opens. For Joe Gunther and his team from the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) the storm means all hands on deck for anything and everything and that include them. It is only after the storm is over and the residents begin to recover that the teams' investigative skills are put to work.
In one case a very long term patient known as "The Governor" who was housed at a mental health facility has apparently walked away from the place. In another a retired political bigwig who had ties "The Governor" has suddenly died. Not entirely unexpectedly as he had health issues, but the timing is a little strange. And then there is the uncovered coffin at a graveyard. A coffin that, while it does not contain a body, is completely filled with rocks.
As the residents struggle to recover despite the chaos and destruction caused by widespread damaging floods, Joe Gunther and his team move from lifesaving to investigating the various situations. Cases with no easy answers and in at least one case more deaths to come.
The latest in this long running series is another solidly good one. While billed as a "Joe Gunther Novel" as has been the case in recent books the read is just as much about the team as Joe Gunther. While some relationships between various long running characters are evolving, no new real ground is unearthed here in the 24rth book of the series. The primary focus, once one gets past the storm, is the various mysteries at work here in the complicated and very good book.
My supreme thanks to Lesa Holstine who provided the ARC after I was lucky enough to win it during a recent contest.
Hurricane Irene and its devastating aftermath provide the backdrop for Mayor's enjoyable 24th Joe Gunther novel (after 2012's Paradise City). During the chaos of the storm, mental patient Carolyn Barber (aka the Governor) goes missing from the Vermont State Hospital. Shortly thereafter, a once-prominent politician is found dead in his retirement home under suspicious circumstances. Special agent Joe Gunther and his stalwart investigators at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation suspect a link between Barber's disappearance and the politician's death. Meanwhile, a coffin unearthed by the storm that's filled with stones instead of a body leads to a double missing-persons case. Joe and his team will stop at nothing to find a resolution to the cases, even if it means uncovering secrets best left in the dark. While the two different cases could be confusing to readers, Mayor handles each adeptly and shrewdly, bringing them to separate and startling conclusions. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency. (Oct.)