The Second Mouse is a wonderful addition to Archer Mayor’s series of Vermont mysteries, which are always a pleasure to read because Mayor is so skilled at drawing verbal pictures of both the characters and the locales. As a reader, you always know where you are — usually a part of Vermont that’s not visited by tourists. The sense of place is overwhelmingly accurate. Characters develop convincingly from book to book. The good guys aren’t flawless, and the bad guys aren’t entirely bad. I’m not going to write anything more about The Second Mouse, the 17th in the series, except to say that you should definitely read it. And it wouldn’t hurt to read all 17 in sequence!