If anybody looks at my shelf, you'll see I read series and start new series and usually, I'll read all the available books in that series. Now I'm on the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. Paul Doiron is a writer from Maine that I think does mostly magazines, but I could be wrong about that. I do know the 1st book in the Mike Bowditch series is his first book, and there was a lot of room for improvement. He really did a good job on his second book and now I've made it to book 5 in the series, which I'll tell you about when I finish it. I just started and haven't got through chapter 1 yet. Mike Bowditch is a Main Game Warden and in Maine, they have the same power as a State Trooper. Mike Bowditch also stays in hot water with his superiors because he gets his job done and makes his superiors look bad. I like Mike because he is as human as all of us. Doiron does a good job bringing his many faults up in the books. All this and I haven't started my review.
Massacre Pond is based loosely on a real-life story. A rich hippie woman buys up thousands of acres and cuts off any hunting or lumber farming on her land and now she gets death threats by the dozen. Somebody breaks onto her land and kills 6 moose and leaves their bodies. Not poached just murdered for the lack of a better term. Her term to be correct. Mike Bowditch answers the call and that's how the book begins. Bowditch, the whipping boy for his LT starts his work on the case, doing what is asked which is basically stay away from it but keeps getting pulled in more and more. By the end of the book, Doiron has written a great book. I am hooked on this series like I am with Craig Johnson's Longmire, C. J. Box's Joe Pickett, and others. After I catch up I will be reading his new releases as they come out. For me 3 & 1/2 stars and means its a great book.
Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron
Mike Bowditch series book 4
Let me get you up to speed where I am at with this series. This is the 1st book of the series that I've read since joining BookLikes but it is the 3rd in the Mike Bowditch series. The reason I chose this series is that I really like the Joe Pickett series by C. J. Box and I wanted to read another series similar to it. When you chose books to read for this reason you normally get disappointed, and I was. I take partial blame because when you want a particular writing style and setting you normally won't get it. The other I blame Doiron because his 1st book in this series is the first book he writes. His 2nd was better and "Bad Little Falls" is really good.
Maine game warden Mike Bowditch stays in trouble and has just been transferred to Maine's equivalent to Siberia, as he calls it "the hinterland of Washington County". Even though Washington County is the first place you can see the sunrise in the USA it's poverty-stricken which bring the problems of poverty, one of them being drug abuse. Because of the poverty people turn to crime to pay for the drugs and sometimes that crime is murder.
Warden Mike Bowditch is again involved in a murder investigation, which is not in his job description and he is constantly reminded of this by his superiors and other law enforcement agencies. Doiron does a great job setting up Mike's troubles, both personal and professional and gives us a great story.
Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron (2012)
Mike Bowditch series, book 3