The Company She Kept: Now Out!

Archer Mayor’s latest installment in his long-running Joe Gunther series is now out! Here’s what it’s about:

Archer Mayor’s THE COMPANY SHE KEPT opens with Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation called in to investigate an especially brutal crime: A woman’s corpse has been found hanging high above the interstate with a homophobic slur carved into it. The victim is soon identified as not only a state senator, but also as a close confidante of Governor Gail Zigman, and the publicity swirling around the crime starts to impede the VBI’s investigation.

Gunther, who is also close with Gail and who knew the victim, follows up on the initial clues, which point to a violent misogynist who, it turns out, doesn’t have a direct link to the killing. With the VBI’s investigators looking into every lead, including the victim’s personal life, Gunther begins to see that the killing may be something other than a hate crime. And whatever the reasons are for the murder, its reverberations will be felt across the state.

With the book’s release, Mayor will be embarking on his traditional tour across the state:

Wed, Sept 30  —  NORWICH BOOKSTORE  Norwich, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Mon, Oct 5  —  OLDE AND NEW ENGLAND BOOKS  Newfane, VT —  7:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Thu, Oct 8  —  BENNINGTON FREE LIBRARY  Bennington, VT —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Fri, Oct 9  —  TOADSTOOL BOOKSHOP  Keene, NH —  6:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Oct 10  NORMAN WILLIAMS LIBRARY  Woodstock, VT  —  2:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion, presented by YANKEE BOOKSHOP.

Sat, Oct 10  —  NORTHSHIRE BOOKSTORE  Manchester Ctr, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sun, Oct 11  —  MYSTERY ON MAIN BOOKSTORE  Brattleboro, VT —  3:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sun, Oct 18  —  KNOWLTON LITERARY FESTIVAL   Knowlton, QC —  11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Brunch with Archer Mayor at Le Relais, Auberge Knowlton

Tue, Oct 20  BEAR POND BOOKS   Montpelier, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Thu, Oct 22   PHOENIX BOOKS   Burlington, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Oct 24   ILSLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY  Middlebury, VT  —  1:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Oct 24  PHOENIX BOOKS   Rutland, VT  —  4:00 p.m.
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sun, Oct 25  NELA Annual Conference   Manchester, NH
Keynote Speaker – New England Library Association

Thu, Nov 5  —  ARMS LIBRARY with BOSWELL’S BOOKS  Shelburne Falls, MA —  6:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Fri, Nov 6  —  VILLAGE SQUARE BOOKSELLERS  Bellows Falls, VT —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Nov 7    BAKER’S HALLMARK  Brattleboro, VT  —  11:00 am – 12:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Nov 7    CAVENDISH FLETCHER COMMUNITY LIBRARY  Proctorsville, VT  —  3:00 pm
Local author talk and signing, presented by THE BOOK NOOK.

Sun, Nov 8    THE STONE CHURCH  Chester, VT  —  2:00 pm
Vermont Voices: Four Sundays in November, hosted by Misty Valley Books

Tue, Nov 10  —  BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP  Northampton, MA  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Nov 14  —  WEEKS MEMORIAL LIBRARY   Lancaster, NH  —  1:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

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