Author Archer Mayor to be featured in Johnson Lecture Series

By liz west – BY 2.0, Link

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IPSWICH – Crime, Mystery, and Investigation will meet the Hellenic Center Manor, but don’t worry – it’s in the form of well-known literature.

From his EMT, firefighting, and ski patrol work, author Archer Mayor has rooted his novels in real-world experience, and now he’s been selected as the next featured author for Johnson Author’s 2022 series. Ipswich Public Library. He will be at the Hellenic Center on May 17 to read and discuss his work.

Mayor is the author of an acclaimed Vermont-based crime series starring Detective Joe Gunther. the Chicago Grandstand described the books as “the best written police procedurals in America”.

Protagonist Gunther once worked for the Brattleboro Police Department and is now a special agent for the fictional Vermont Bureau of Investigation. The 30th book in which he starred, bomber mooncame out in 2019.

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Books about his case-solving prowess have appeared once a year since 1988 and have been published in several languages.

The author’s own experience in Vermont is closely tied to the Gunther series. The mayor has worked in various ways as a police officer and firefighter/paramedic over the past thirty years. Currently, he is still working as a forensic death investigator for the state medical examiner.

He was a faculty member of the Bread Loaf Young Writers Conference in Middlebury, Vermont, and the Colby College Forensic Science Seminar in Waterville, Maine.

In 2004, the Mayor won the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s Best Fiction Award – the first time a crime fiction writer has been so honoured. He was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2012 received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He also received the 2016 Robert B. Parker Award.

The event

On Tuesday, May 17, the Mayor will read and discuss his books correlating to the Louise and Hugh Johnson 2022 author series. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Hellenic Center Manor in Ipswich. The event is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. The book sale and cash bar will be available from 6:30 p.m. Visit the Ipswich Public Library online calendar or call 978-356-6648 to register.

The Johnson Lecture Series is made possible by a permanent endowment from Louise and Hugh Johnson. The Johnson Endowment was left to and is managed by the Friends of the Library and is intended to enrich the lives of the people of Ipswich. For more information contact Nathalie Harty at or 978-356-6648.


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