Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch, #4)
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Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch #4)

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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...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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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
Well of course I think it's good.
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
Rick Fisher
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
Randy Daugherty
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...more
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...more
The worst part about reading Paul Doiron's latest Mike Bowditch book is now I'll have to wait another year for the next installment.

Doiron, former editor of Down East magazine, has crafted a brilliant regional mystery series around a Maine game warden.

The writing and plots are crisp, the characters believable (if a bit flawed) and the locations wild and remote.

This time around, Bowditch is the first officer on the scene of a mass moose killing (loosely based on the worst recorded wildlife crime...more
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!
Doiron recaps events from book to book. While this can become annoying if you read one after the other in the series, it can be useful if you tend to wait a time before moving on to the next.

I don't know about Maine game wardens in reality but Doiron paints them as people that would be sure to garner enemies. They hide in bushes ready to bust someone for the slightest infraction of fish and game laws. Better bone up before heading out to fish or hunt. Who would willingly set out to become a muc...more
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
Lynn Kearney
I.m getting tired of reading books in which superior officers are vengeful idiots. It overshadowed everything else for me.
Good book quick read. Interesting story line based on real story!
Suzanne Arcand
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...more
Mark Combs
I had never heard of Paul Doiron prior to reading this book. The title grabbed me, and the plot and pacing of the book made it hard to put down.

Unlike traditional cop yarns, the protagonist in this book, Mike Bowditch, is a game warden, used to dealing with wildlife crimes such as poaching. Now, he’s involved with the slaughter of innocent wildlife and a murder.

The character of Mike Bowditch was well-developed, especially with regard to some of his inner-struggles about his career, his love li...more
This is the fourth of the Mike Bowditch novels by Paul Doiron, and it’s the one in which Mike grows up. Throughout the series, Mike has been struggling to figure himself out, and the reader has been carried along with the search. In MASSACRE POND, he continues to struggle with his role as a game warden in rural Maine and feels his outsider status acutely.

At the start, Mike is called by a previous foe who has become something of a friend, Billy Cronk, to investigate the killing of multiple moose...more
Paul Doiron keeps getting better and better with each book. I was honored to be able to review this book before it's release on July 16th.

As in the three previous books, Doiron authentically portrays the Maine woods. And once again trouble has come to the Maine woods. The realities of the average American who needs to make a living from the woods come up against the arrogant attitude of the rich who want to keep the woods in their natural state. Except for the portion where they build their mass...more
Kathleen Hagen
Massacre Pond, by Paul Doiron, a-minus,Narrated by Henry Leyva, Produced by Macmillan Audio, Downloaded from

This is the latest Maine game warden Mike Bowditch book. Mike is called to the newest mansion which has been built in the woods. The mansion is meant to be the headquarters for a park/wilderness. The woman who owns it wants the land returned to wilderness, which means everyone living there would lose their homes, and their livelihood working for the logging mills. So there is...more
October so far has been unseasonably warm in Maine and Game Warden Mike Bowditch wonders what exactly is going on because nature certainly isn't behaving herself. Neither is man because Bowditch's friend Billy Cronk has found a nightmare at the expansive estate of Elizabeth Morris where he works. Ms. Morris is incredibly wealthy and has been quietly buying in significant numbers various adjoining parcels of land. In a highly controversial move she has fenced off the land, evicted those who lived...more
Want to review these four novels by Paul Doiron together, as they are a series. Enjoyed them all - was eager to begin each as they came from the library - wanted to find out what was next in life for Mike Bowditch. We were stationed near Bangor, Maine in the late 60s, and I felt an affinity for the area Doiron was writing about - and learned a great deal about living in a state with diminishing population, rural poverty, and a totally different 'frontier' feeling than say CJ Box or Craig Johnson...more
What makes "Massacre Pond" such an unusual book is that the mystery centers around the killing of ten moose on a private animal sanctuary and nature preserve. Paul Doiron's story is inspired but not based upon two incidents in Maine history. The first, in 1999 at least nine moose and two deer were slaughtered in the unorganized township of Moosehead Lake, the worst wildlife crime in Maine state history. The second, an entrepreneur and philantropist proposed an expansive national park, but the co...more
I had the pleasure of meeting the author last week in Maine. I had read his first book "The Poacher's Son" a couple years ago and casually bumping into him was a treat. The meeting prompted me to try another in his series.
I grew up in the woods of upstate New York, tromping around the woods all year with neighbors who hunted trapped and hung deer in their trees. The imagery painted by this author brings me back to those fall days in my youth, the smells of moist leaves on the ground, the fading...more
#4 in the Mike Bowditch series. This Maine game warden series is sure to appeal to readers of C.J. Box's series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett; Joseph Heywood's U.P. Michigan based Woods Cop series featuring Grady Service; or, Nevada Barr's Park Ranger Anna Pigeon series. Mike Bowditch has a perennial problem with towing the line for authority he may not agree with. Now he is trying to keep a low profile, but although the mass Moose slaughter takes place in his district and he is the firs...more
Sacramento Public Library
Sometimes when you read a series of books it is hard for the author to surprise you. You expect certain conventions, characters and plots, and in fact, revel in them. That is one of the pleasures of a series, after all. In the case of this latest entry in the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron, the surprise lay in the improvement over previous entries. I read this series for the main character though I hadn’t been too impressed by the writing or plotting. Suddenly, in this book, it all came tog...more
Susan Emmet
For the type of mystery and its capture of life in northern Maine, I applaud this fourth book in the Bowditch series.
I've liked the first three, but I think MP is a bit above the others. Mike Bowditch has "grown up" a bit and the plot unfolds, tangles and resolves itself quite well.
Supposedly loosely based on actual events, this novel tries hard to make its own way.
I so liked the characters of Bowditch and Billy Cronk.
Gutsy and gritty this novel is.
Mike Bowditch, a Game Warden in a remote area of Maine, is called by a friend, Billy Cronk, who has discovered moose shot and left to rot on a large estate. Billy works for the estate's wealthy owner, Elizabeth Morse, who has claimed she wants to make the estate into a national park. The locals are worried about loss of jobs in lumbering and hunting. Mike's bosses put him on periphercal parts of the case. Then, Morse's daughter, Briar, calls Mike when she is chased by a dark truck with bright he...more
Chris Demer
This is a great read! A fictional work based loosely on a real crime, it is well written, gripping, story of the slaughter of a number of moose on the Maine property of a wealthy woman who has bought several huge adjacent parcels of land with the idea of developing a reserve and national park. This move has not made the locals happy for a number of reasons, the most significant being the decrease in availability of hunting and fishing lands and lumber. The local sawmill is the main source of inc...more
Up to the high standard Paul has set with THE POACHER'S SON, TRESPASSER,and BAD LITTLE FALLS. The setting is true to the beauty of Downeast Maine and the difficulties people face trying to make it there. Raises some thought-provoking questions about the trade-off between preserving our natural woodlands and economic necessity.
Don Gorman
This super fun book should really be 3 1/2 stars but I am in the holiday spirit and giving it four instead of averaging down. A beautiful pictorial of Maine keeps us occupied along with a page turning story about a young Game Warden with an inquisitive attitude and a penchant for opening his mouth a little too much. An interesting array of characters, a slight love interest and a touch of family guilt problems help the story move along as well. Moose murders on the private land of a nouveau mill...more
I had eagerly anticipated reading this book, having followed the real-life case of the poached moose that inspired the writing of it. It started out pretty good but then it just seemed to flatline for me. It moved at a slow pace and there really wasn't all that much excitement until the very end of the book. It was nice to see the maturity of Warden Bowditch, but maybe that's what made the book somewhat boring. I also didn't care for the state or warden department politics. Since this was my lea...more
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.
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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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