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review 2019-01-21 00:22
Widowmaker by Paul Doiron
Widowmaker: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) - Paul Doiron

I think Paul Doiron has it down now.  This is his 7th book of his Mike Bowditch Series and now each book is getting better and better.  It appears Mike is growing up at the age of 28.

 

The book starts with a Mike Bowditch pulling over a suspicious woman that keeps asking Mike to take him back to his residence so they can talk.  Naturally, this being a book and also the curiosity of what she might want wins MIke over to the idea of taking her home, but Mike is very cautious. The woman explains that her son is a young man that just got out of prison on a couple of crimes of a sexual nature after being caught being 18 and sleeping with his underage girlfriend from an affluent family. She also tells Mike that her son and mike are step-brothers. Queue the soap opera organ music. She asks Warden Mike Bowditch too help find his long lost brother, which Mike reluctantly does.

 

The book follows Mike going to the area that the woman, Amber Langston lives and the resort she works at, named Widowmaker.  Between a near death arrest, he has to make at the beginning to this book and a near-death experience his girlfriend Stacey has, the book follows Mike through his investigation of his missing brother.

 

I still suggest that Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch series is worth the read.  The past couple of books are books hard to put down.

 

Widowmaker by Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch series book #7.

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text 2019-01-20 17:30
Reading progress update: I've read 126 out of 291 pages.
A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

If she was half asleep and still angry, she might push him right out her door, and Clarence admitted to himself that he wasn´t the kind to force his way in, fling a girl on the bed and - well, at least hold her there, which under some circumstances might be the right thing to do.

 

Okay, Clarence just gave me some creepy vibes!

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text 2019-01-20 07:12
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 291 pages.
A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

Mmh ... I haven´t done a whole lot of status updates because there isn´t much to say about this book so far. It´s not the worst Highsmith book I have read and its definitely not the best.

 

Tbh, I´m not overly fond of the characters. The Reynoldses and the young police officer are incredibly bland and the third main character, Kenneth Rowajinski, is interesting enough, but he isn´t on the peak of his scheming just yet. Plus most of the chapters so far have been told from the perspective of the other characters.

 

I hope the story will pick up from now on.

 

BT, how far are you into the book? :)

 

 

 

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review 2019-01-19 19:19
The Precipice by Paul Doiron
The Precipice: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) - Paul Doiron

I seem to bounce around on my feelings about the books Paul Doiron writes for his Mike Bowditch series. His last book, The Bone Orchard was not as good as some previous books, but The Precipice is his best book yet, in my opinion. Paul did a really good job in all the areas of this book and kept my interest peaked the entire book.

 

Fact.  The Appalachian Trail goes through Maine, and include a stretch called the Hundred Mile Wilderness.

There is a sign at the southern entrance to the Hundred Mile Wilderness. It is made out of rust brown wood and painted with white letters, and it sends a stern and unmistakable warning to all who enter:

Caution. There are no places to obtain supplies or help until Abol Bridge 100 miles north. Do not attempt this section unless you have a minimum of 10 days’ supplies and are fully equipped. This is the longest wilderness section of the entire Appalachian Trail and its difficulty should not be underestimated.

 

Now for the review.  Two young women fresh out of college send a picture of themselves at the beginning of the trail and send it to their parents.  They say they should be through this leg of the journey in 10 days and they would contact their parents again when they have completed the Hundred Mile Wilderness trail.  After thirteen days the well to do and well-connected parents contact powerful people in high Maine government offices and the search begins.  Insert Warden Mike Bowditch.

 

As always Mike Bowditch thinks outside the box and with the help of his new girlfriend he gets started in the search and rescue.  Without giving away spoilers more deaths happen to make matters more urgent, both professionally and personally, Mike Bowditch gets the job done. As with all the books with one exception Mike Bowditch always gets his man or woman person. 

 

Sit back and read or listen to a very good story.  I've read some people suggest that The Precipice can be read as a stand-alone book but I really suggest that you start the series from the beginning.  I may be critical of a couple of books and have an issue with how he had described his sex scenes in the past books but this still is a good series.

 

The Precipice by Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch series, book 6

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text 2019-01-19 15:11
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 291 pages.
A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

Well, this settles it, BT. The creep is truly a creep:

 

Kenneth liked his walks, because his mind raced madly, inspired by the ever-changing objects that his eyes fell upon - a baby carriage, a policeman, a couple of overdressed women glimpsed briefly in a taxi, a fat woman lugging home still more to eat in huge grocery bags, and the smug people into whose living-room windows he could see - men in shirtsleeves watching television, a wife coming in with a tray of beers, warm yellow lights falling on bookshelves and framed pictures.

Snobs. Crooks, too, otherwise how´d they get so rich, how they´d get a woman to live with them and serve them? Kenneth had little use for women, and believed they gravitated only towards men with money to buy them and to spend on them. He was convinced women had no sexual drive at all, or not enough to warrant mentioning, and that they used their physical charms merely to lure men towards them.

 

 

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