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Massacre Pond

(Mike Bowditch #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,577 ratings  ·  266 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 local
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.
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
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
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
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 w ...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
Feb 07, 2016 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.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Reading the series in order. Author Paul Doiron has become one of my favorites.
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,
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. Thing
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
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
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
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.
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.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I hated to read about the moose killings. But I really enjoy these books about a game warden in Maine.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book quick read. Interesting story line based on real story!
If anybody looks at My Books, you'll see I read series and start new series and usually, I'll read all the available books in that series. Now I'm on the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. Paul Doiron is a writer from Maine that I think does mostly magazines, but I could be wrong about that. I do know the 1st book in the Mike Bowditch series is his first book, and there was a lot of room for improvement. He really did a good job on his second book and now I've made it to book 5 in the series, ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, mystery
Read as an audio book.

I enjoyed this one a great deal more than the first four.

Premise of the book is eight moose are found slaughtered on "Queen Elizabeth's" extensive property in Northern Maine which sets off an investigation the likes of which nobody has seen before. Mike, still under a cloud from his previous actions (earlier books) is shunted to the side and given "make-work" jobs, like picking bullets from gravel pits and acting as a liason between the investigation and Elizabeth. Mike,
Ken Heard
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This, the fourth in the Maine game warden Mike Bowditch series, seems a bit slower than the previous three. Also, and some reviewer pointed it out well here, Mike is much less of the lovable dumbhead that he's shown as his character in previous novels. Before, he'd make some bad mistakes - in the previous story, he fell for a meth-addicted witness and had a brief fling with her. In this one, the two potential love interests are either engaged or crashing into a tree.

This story line f
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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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