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“Proof Positive” by Archer Mayor / Reviewed by Kaitlin Chaparro

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Archer Mayor
Credit: Lulu Klein


Do you love a good mystery with spine-chilling suspense, a hint of romance, and a surreal plot? If so, then Archer Mayor’s newest novel, “Proof Positive” is for you. Similar to the works of J.D. Robb, author of the In Death Series; Archer Mayor brings forth a stunning new novel in the Joe Gunther series fans are sure to enjoy.

When Ben Kendall, a photojournalist who suffered a brain injury in Vietnam, is found dead beneath piles of his own hoarded treasures, all appears as a tragic accident, until the truth discovered may be much worse. It turns out some of Ben’s photo collection from the conflict were not meant for the public and now even the artist trying to display the photos is in trouble. Investigator Joe Gunther has little time to save her.

Mayor’s ability to flesh out his characters creates the feeling of familiarity since birth, even the scene descriptions gives a sense of knowing. But it’s the relationships between Gunther, local law enforcement, the medical examiner Beverly Hillstrom and others that makes the story feel real and believable. Although primarily a crime novel, there is a hint of romance that helps to distract from the intensity of what becomes a homicide investigation.

I would recommend reading all 25 novels in the Joe Gunther series as each one builds upon the characters involved. However, in each novel each character is reintroduced and Joe Gunther is a character you will be rooting for from page one. This is a page turning crime novel that will keep you hooked from page one.

Kaitlin Chaparro is an avid reader who loves a good cup of coffee or tea and a book in which to fall.

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