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review 2017-09-19 04:03
Massacre Pond
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch gets a call from a friend who is working for a wealthy woman manning the gates of her property. She bought up a large amount of land in Maine, kicked out the people living on leased land, banned hunting and wood cutting and put up gates to keep vehicles out. She wants to turn it into a wild life refuge. The people who live in the area and make their living at the mill or feed their families by hunting don´t like her and she has been getting threatening letters and calls. Mike arrives to see what his friend is so upset about and is confronted with seven dead moose on the property, slaughtered and left to rot. Mike´s superiors try to freeze him out of the investigation to get back at him for not following orders in the past. He showed them up and solved the previous case and made them look bad. He decided to follow orders this time and try to stay out of trouble. Things get worse though and more dead moose are spotted from the air. The woman´s daughter calls him scared to death because a truck is chasing her. The violence is escalating and people want this case solved. At the same time Mike is dealing with a difficult family problem and starts thinking about quitting his job as a game warden. 

This was a great book and Paul Doiron seems to be getting better with each book. When I wasn´t reading this book I was thinking about it.

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text 2017-09-18 06:10
I've read 160 out of 320 pages.
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron

Moose murder is moosterous.

 

This is my backup book that I started while I was waiting for Halloween Bingo to start.

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review 2017-08-23 13:26
Bad Little Falls
Bad Little Falls - Paul Doiron
This is the best book in the series so far. The story kept me interested all the way through where the first two lost me in the middle a bit. The descriptions are very clear and I could picture myself there, tromping through the woods. Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden and he has recently been transferred to a more remote area. He feels like he is being punished for the trouble he has gotten into recently. They can´t get rid of him though because he has good instincts and the best arrest record.
 
Right away he has a rough start when he comes home to find an animal carcass nailed to his front door. Things get even more exciting after he reluctantly goes to the local veterinarian´s home for dinner during a blizzard. He left to head home in the blowing snow only to be called right back by the vet. One of his neighbors had a man come to their door and he was nearly frozen and suffering from hypothermia. They wanted the vet to come see if he could help but he had drank too much during dinner and wanted Bowditch to drive him over there. They ended up learning that the man was not alone and there was someone else out there in a car. Mike goes out in search of the man and finally finds him dead. The dead man turns out to be a local drug dealer and he didn´t die from the cold, he was strangled. Mike is determined to find out what happened out there.
 
 

 

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review 2017-07-26 16:11
Trespasser
Trespasser - Paul Doiron

I really liked this story but I'm only giving it 3 stars because it is so slow. I had to make myself finish it. Paul Doiron just writes differently than what I'm used to. The pacing is slower, a lot slower, which I think reflects the slower nature of this setting being more secluded and peaceful. I still plan to finish reading the rest of the series because I want to know what happens next with Mike Bowditch. I enjoy following the main characters in this small area and will be coming back for more. 

 

I did learn that Paul's last name is pronounced DWarren. I was curious and found a blog post explaining the reason for it. 

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review 2017-07-22 22:46
The Poacher's Son
The Poacher's Son - Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch is a young game warden and also the son of a poacher. He hadn't seen his dad for two years when he got a message from him on his answering machine. Later that day he learns that two men, one a police officer, were gunned down after a heated public meeting in the same area where his dad lives. Then, he gets word that his dad has been arrested and may be charged for the crime. He decides to put his job on the line and go help his dad. His dad is a brawler and has known his fair share of trouble with the law but Mike doesn't believe he would kill someone, especially a police officer.

 

This story is different than the books I usually read in that it is set in the forests of Maine. I was interested in the story but it is definitely slower paced than what I am used to. At one point it almost lost me but I ended up getting hooked into the story. I couldn't be sure which way the story would end. Afterward, I found myself thinking about different details still. I enjoyed the descriptions of the area and can imagine how peaceful it would be even though I've never been there. I think it was a nice change from the usual crime mystery and I'm going to get the next book in this series and see what happens next.

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