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Massacre Pond

(Mike Bowditch #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,034 ratings  ·  299 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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Paul Doiron
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well of course I think it's good.
Jun 15, 2013 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
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is called to the scene of a large number of moose slaughtered by unknown suspects. Because the act of carnage occurred on the land of a billionaire environmentalist, the higher ups of the warden service become involved and Bowditch is given a smaller role in the investigation. The billionaire wants to leave her huge acreage as a national park and the locals hate her for stopping their hunting and taking their logging jobs. The murders of the animals escalate into ...more
Jun 09, 2013 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
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warden Bowditch grows a little more in each of this series. This was probably the most action packed of the books I've read so far. Excellent as usual in making you feel like you in in the corner of Maine. I kept looking at google earth to see where the story was taking place. Great storytelling!
Jan 05, 2017 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
Sep 28, 2015 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.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an engrossing story. When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch discovers the wanton slaughter of seven moose inside the gates of private property, he also finds himself involved in the middle of a fight between an animal rights/environmental activist and Maine's traditional logging and hunting culture. He is also in the midst of a personal struggle: Is he cut out to be a Maine game warden?

I like the way the author can portray both sides of a conflict, and make cases for both sides. Should a
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Each book is better than the last. The main character is developing nicely, and maturing. It gets tiring to have the main character always choose to make a bad decision. Glad he isn’t doing that as much any more.
I actually listen to these books. The reader does a good job, and his Maine accent is improving. I will say there are a couple worlds he totally mispronounces (Passamaquoddy and Augusta being chief among them), but I can hear he is trying to “voice” the difference between a Downeast and
Suzanne Arcand
Sep 07, 2013 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
Kim Kaso
Jul 21, 2015 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 who likes ...more
Oct 12, 2014 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, murder-mystery
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.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Reading the series in order. Author Paul Doiron has become one of my favorites.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Solid 4-4&1/2. Like the Mike Bowditch series though I hate that I missed this one and read it out of order. ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series gets better with every book. Sometimes it is a bit improbable, but that is what fictions is all about. The main character Warden Mike Bowditch has grown from an arrogant, snot-nosed jerk in the first book to a more thoughtful character in this volume. I am a New Englander from a much earlier generation. I grew up around guys like the those described in his books and have traveled extensively in Maine. He has the attitude and the characters nailed down well. I look forward to the next ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Aug 10, 2013 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
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
After the third book in the series left me highly annoyed, this book brought me back to liking the character and storyline once again. In retrospect I have to give Doiron credit in making Mike as annoying as possible in the 3rd book as it set the stage for his actions in this book. Until he has a girlfriend though, we are all going to suffer from Mike's women obsession.
Jul 28, 2013 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
Randy Daugherty
Nov 26, 2013 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
Jul 22, 2014 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
Oct 14, 2015 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 27, 2013 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
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is an example of how good writing and creative plot construction can make a book appealing to someone who has no apparent connection to many aspects of the book. I am about the furthest person you can think of from an outdoor person. I’ve never been a hiker. When we went camping, I had most of my creature comforts. But I did spend a week in Maine, so at least I know the territory. But I love Paul Doiron's writing and the character Mike Bowditch. In this latest book we meet some interest g n ...more
Jill Manske
Nov 30, 2016 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 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!
Wilde Sky
Jan 19, 2015 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.
Sharon Huether
A woman with clout bought up the best timber land in the county. She had many enemies. Mike Bowditch investigates poaching on her land. Warden Bowditch finds the guilty parties and exposes a murder and other things as well. This was a fast paced murder mystery
Susan Krich
Aug 29, 2016 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.
Lynn Kearney
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I.m getting tired of reading books in which superior officers are vengeful idiots. It overshadowed everything else for me.
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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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