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Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch #4)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,367 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
On an unseasonably hot October morning, Bowditch is called to the scene of a bizarre crime: the corpses of seven moose have been found senselessly butchered on the estate of Elizabeth Morse, a wealthy animal rights activist who is buying up huge parcels of timber land to create a new national park.

What at first seems like mindless slaughter—retribution by locals for the jo
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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Jun 15, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
A satisfying read for me because the tale captures some of the types of characters in my neck of the woods in rural Maine and advances the series hero, game warden Mike Bowditch, into a more mature persona. In previous installments, he was always blatantly risking his job while investigating cases that belong to the police and having inappropriate affairs with women involved with his cases. Here, he learns to do his investigations with more subtlety and merely pines for a love interest engaged t ...more
Paul Doiron
Jul 11, 2013 Paul Doiron rated it it was amazing
Well of course I think it's good.
Jun 09, 2013 Robyn rated it it was ok
Fans of CJ Box's Joe Pickett series will find much to find in Doiron's series, which is not surprising as the two series have so much in common. Both are about game wardens, underpaid civil servants who strive to uphold the laws of their state and maintain their personal sense of justice. Of course, sometimes this personal sense of justice conflicts with the political ambitions of superiors and the practical realities of the individuals among whom they live. For that reason, Bowditch, a twenty-s ...more
Suzanne Arcand
Sep 07, 2013 Suzanne Arcand rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another mystery, another deception!

Not that it's bad in any way. It's just not that good. There is nothing worth mentioning or remembering. The characters are mostly caricatural and the story is predictable.

I did give this book a fair chance by reading it in near perfect conditions, sitting in a campground in New Hampshire very near Maine. It was fairly entertaining. I did like the scenery in "Massacre Pounds": the wilderness, the villages, the hunting lodges. Some of the issues are worth writi
Sep 28, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the first book in this series that I've read, even though it is the 4th one in the series. I have a couple others from this series and hope to get to them soon. I've wanted to read something by this author for awhile now.

This was a solid 3 stars. It was an interesting crime/mystery story set in Maine. It dealt with moose poaching. The MC is a game warden, who is also easy to like and has an easy going personality. Overall, I liked this. It was a light read for a nice afternoon.
Jan 05, 2017 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
With every book I read in this excellent series, I become an even bigger fan of writer Paul Doiron. His stories of Maine game warden Mike Bowditch ring with authenticity, and are filled with all the beauty and savagery of the wilderness forests that provide the setting. Mike was a green and naive warden rookie as the series started--burdened with an impulsive streak, a temper, and an unfortunate proclivity of jumping to conclusions--usually the wrong ones. He had a lot of personal baggage that w ...more
Kim Kaso
Jul 21, 2015 Kim Kaso rated it really liked it
A solid 4.5, very entertaining. I am not sure who gets in more trouble, Joe Pickett or Mike Bowditch, but I love following them through their trials & tribulations. The life of people trying to enforce wildlife and environmental laws is not an easy one. We think of the romance of working in the great outdoors, but need to remember these people are dealing with people who are comfortable with guns & take their freedom with a deadly seriousness. I recommend Paul Doiron's series to anyone w ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Sean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Really absorbing story and pretty much unputdownable.I was hooked from first few pages and could not finish soon soon enough to see how thing turned out. I really felt for the main character Mike Bowditch the Warden as he had quite a hard time with bits in the book.

But all in all a thoroughly good read and I know it is book 4, but I dont think you had to really start at the beginning,too much.I will now go and get the first 3 books to get to know the other characters better, but this did not let
Feb 07, 2016 GymGuy rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery, crime
Just okay. Interesting characters but caricatures. I thought the plot was weak and rather fanciful. I didn't like the main character. I just thought he was weak and submissive. All-in-all, not bad but not memorable.
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Aug 10, 2013 Jacki (Julia Flyte) rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in Paul Doiron's series about Mike Bowditch, a game warden based in a remote corner of Maine. The series began with The Poacher's Son, but it's not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one.

The plot centres on Elizabeth Morse, a local woman who made a fortune selling herbal remedies. Now a multi-millionaire, she has bought up a huge tract of land in Maine and hopes to turn it into a national park. She has met considerable resistance from the locals, who use
Jul 28, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
PROTAGONIST: Mike Bowditch, game warden
SERIES: #4 of 4
RATING: 4.25

Elizabeth Morse is an animal rights activist who has purchased 100,000 acres in the Maine wilderness that she plans to turn into a national park. The community is angry about her plans—they will no longer have access to the trees that are needed to sustain the local logging industry. When ten moose are found murdered on her property, it is assumed to be an expression of that anger. Things escalate as someone also thr
Oct 14, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it
The 4th book in the Mike Bowditch series finds Mike, a Maine game Warden responding to the discovery of a moose shot on the property of a wealthy business woman. Since the carcass was left where the animal died, it doesn't appear to be a poacher but rather a wanton killing. When more dead moose are found the whole warden office goes into high gear to find the culprit. The business woman is a no nonsense millionaire who has plans to turn her vast property over to the Government as a wilderness pa ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Verusex rated it it was ok
I want to like Dorian's books. But I just can't handle the angst and sulking of the main character. He's not a person I want to know. Yes, I understand that he's a helpful young man with many noble thoughts and that some people perceive themselves that way. And that his belief that everyone else is stupid isn't that unusual. It's just not a stereotype I enjoy reading about. Also, Everyone is either a dear friend or a stupid enemy. There is always a main character acting stupidly. It was Boditch ...more
Randy Daugherty
Nov 26, 2013 Randy Daugherty rated it really liked it
Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron is at both a wonderful and tragic story set in Maine's north woods.
It is unseasonably warm in the north woods for October,as Mike Bowditch makes his rounds when he is called out to a private retreat of the wealthy Elizabeth Morse. What he finds is a horrific crime, at first 6 but then the total rises to 10 Moose have been killed and left to rot.
What at first seems to be retaliation by the locals over the loss of jobs as "queen" Elisabeth as she is called try's to set
Rick Fisher
Jun 19, 2013 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime-drama
So, with the previous two novels in this series, I have pretty much lambasted the main characters lack of a moral compass and his inability to make wise, sound decisions due to his stupidity around women. It made his character weak and worthless, in my opinion. Thusly, I had grown to dislike the series immensely. But, I had purchased all four novels at the same time, so I did have this final one. And, I wanted to finish it before the new year started. Mostly because I had zero expectations of i ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Well, I can call myself a seasoned fan of Paul's writing. He is a great story teller and by now, Mike Bowditch is like an old friend. In this book, however, Mike seemed a bit different. I couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but perhaps Paul is trying to show that his character is getting older and a bit less of a bad ass. Clearly missing in this story is a love interest, although Mike's heart is chasing two women. It's true too, that Mike is having a some inner conflict as usual, but he seems ...more
Jill Manske
Nov 30, 2016 Jill Manske rated it really liked it
"Massacre Pond" starts out with game warden Mike Bowditch investigating the massacre of 10 moose on the property of former hippie turned wealthy entrepreneur turned environmentalist Elizabeth Morse. The crimes continue to escalate as Bowditch and senior Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife scramble to identify the culprits responsible. Doiron brings back Bowditch, the rule-bending young warden who has a propensity for infuriating his superiors while solving crimes in his own way. Th ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Paul Doiron is a lucky guy. Not only can he weave a page turner of a story, but he's a Maine Guide with an insider's knowledge of his home state. He can describe the Maine woods like few other contemporary writers, tell us about hunting and guns and fishing and ATVs, and entertain at the same time. His books are outstanding in the "detective/mystery" genre, and also outstanding depictions of the Maine few tourists see. As always, very well done!
Adele Mitchell
Oct 01, 2014 Adele Mitchell rated it it was ok
Sorry, I wanted to like this book, I really wanted to but I just didn't. Although it was well written I could not connect with the characters, to the point that the main character just outright annoyed me. I did not realise when I started reading that that it was in a series, I will assume that did not hinder me
Wilde Sky
Jan 19, 2015 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
Is the senseless slaughter of a number of moose a random act or something much more sinister?

I found the first half of this book very slow and then the author appeared to have decided to cram multiple plot ideas (drugs, murder, child abuse, cancer, illegal weapons, survivalists) into the storyline but even then the story never really grabbed by attention.
Susan Krich
Aug 29, 2016 Susan Krich rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting book. It takes as a starting point a real crime in Maine. After that the author spins his own tale of what might have happened.
I look forward to reading more books by Paul Doiron.
Aug 23, 2014 Alison rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This is what I get for dumpster diving the staff picks at the library. Terrible, unrealistic, emotionally hollow and vaguely misogynistic. Took me right out of the joy of a summer mystery in a beautiful setting.
Lynn Kearney
Jan 05, 2014 Lynn Kearney rated it liked it
I.m getting tired of reading books in which superior officers are vengeful idiots. It overshadowed everything else for me.
Matt Holsapple
Jul 01, 2014 Matt Holsapple rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-to-read
Not good. A book full of so many cliches and tired tropes that it is a real slog to even get through. It improves a bit neat the end, but not nearly enough to save it.
Jul 19, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
Good book quick read. Interesting story line based on real story!
Feb 12, 2017 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Game Warden Mike Bowditch is investigating the Killing of several moose on the property of a woman who is disliked by the community. His superiors aren't happy with him and try to exclude him from the investigation. He is also dealing with his mother having cancer, his attraction to a friend's daughter who is engaged and a desire to prove himself to everyone. One of his friends is also looking for the moose killers and is getting in trouble.
Dale Barlow
Dec 17, 2016 Dale Barlow rated it really liked it
a down on his luck state of Maine Game Warden (M. Bowditch) gets woven into a complex series of murders. A wide cast of characters with a bit of a surprising ending. Just good reading but nothing to ever remember; very nice portrayals of the woods and characters of Maine; 2013 hardbck via Madison County Public Library, Richmond; 305 pgs.; 4 out of 5 stars; finished Dec. 17, 2016/#55
Don Carey
Feb 12, 2017 Don Carey rated it really liked it
Well written, gripping
Dec 31, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
Read in a single day! A great read, love this author!
Jan 24, 2017 Richard rated it it was amazing
An engaging read, especially if you like to read about various locations in Maine.
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Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher's Son, which won the the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for "Best Fiction of 2010." PopMatters named it to its Best Fiction of 201 ...more
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