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The Bone Orchard (Mike Bowditch #5)

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In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of "suicide by cop," he begins having second thoughts about his decision.

Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and o
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Published July 15th 2014 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2014)
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Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I liked it.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
'It was called "the bone orchard" because there was a family cemetery hidden amongst the roots of the trees. The mossy gravestones were so weathered, you could no longer read the names of the dead.'

Although this is #5 in a series, it works perfectly well as a standalone. The Bone Orchard was a great read, and I didn't feel as though I had missed out on anything that would have enhanced it further by not reading the earlier books.

Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a
Peggy Strack
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read crime novels, but the Mike Bowditch series was highly recommended to me by a bookseller. I'm glad I listened. The Bone Orchard moved along swiftly with suspense, emotion, and superb storytelling. I read it in two days because I could not put it down. I look forward to reading the other four novels in the series.
Sharon Mensing
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Bowditch is growing up. His job as game warden implies that he might be older than he is, but the previous books in the series have made it clear that he's still got a lot of maturing to do. After all, he's still under 30. As THE BONE ORCHARD opens, Mike has left the service and become a bearded, long-haired, fishing guide. He's caretaking the remote mansion that featured in book MASSACRE POND, the previous book in the Bowditch series, and just sort of generally being irresponsible. His bo ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Anyone who has not read this series would be well advised not to start with this book. This almost felt like some kind of bridge. It cleaned up things from the past and set the stage for the next book. I do like this series and will continue but I didn't find this book as enjoyable as other fans did. My reaction was that it was bumpy--not the smooth transtions I've come to expect.
Lea Wait
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Doiron has done it again! I think this is the best of his books so far ... despite his leaving a conventional mystery format (Mike Bowditch, his main character, has turned in his badge so is no longer an official crime fighter and, in a sense, is now amateur sleuth with contacts and experience.) This twist also gives him a lot of freedom to explore possibilities, and his own life and relationships. Characters from earlier books walk through the pages of THE BONE ORCHARD, bringing readers up ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the Bowditch books and I continue to enjoy the development of the characters. Paul Doiron writes as if he's dissecting an onion. Layer by layer we are witness to the growth(or lack of it) in Mike Bowditch and all the characters.

I appreciate the knowledge of Maine that Doiron uses to describe this vast state. I'm from "away", as they say here, and like the snippets of information tucked into these books.

I'm a fan, and can't wait for the next installment in the life and times of Mike
Fredrick Danysh
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Matt Bowditch leaves the Maine warden's department, his immediate supervisor and mentor is involved with a suicide-by-cop incident a wealthy veteran. These she is shot and almost killed. Matt becomes involved as he tries to locate who tried to kill his friend. This is a good who done it set in Maine.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is late May and Mike Bowditch has recently done what some in the Maine Warden Service have long wanted---he quit. These days he is working as a fishing guide. That decision had many consequences some of which were obvious and some that were not. One of the not so obvious ones, at least to Mike, was the fact that he wasn’t available when his friend and mentor Sargent Kathy Frost needed him the most. Instead, she was with a rookie officer when dealing with the call about a troubled veteran who ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three things besides the plot and characters that I really like about Doiron:

1. His character has a sense of smell. This may seem like a silly thing to point out, but it isn't--at least to me. I am getting so very, very tired of books that are written as though they were movies. Sight and sound only. No smell. Mike Bowditch has a nose and knows how to use it! :)

2. No annoying sound track. I am also very tired of writers who go into excruciating detail about every single song the main character
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sergeant Kathy Frost and her partner, Maine game wardens, are forced to shoot a badly disfigured Gulf War veteran, Jimmy Gammon, in self-defense ("suicide by cop"). However, Jimmy's family and friends, as well as other veterans are infuriated and a few days later Kathy is shot and badly wounded.

It so happens that Mike Bowditch - an ex-game warden who was visiting his former mentor Kathy - was on the spot at the time, and was also injured. Mike, who quit being a warden because of friction with a
“At the top of the ridge was a grove of red pines. On the other side of it was an orchard where deer came at dawn and dusk to eat the fallen apples . . . Kathy called it “the bone orchard” because there was a family cemetery hidden among the roots of the trees. The mossy gravestones were so weathered you could no longer read the names of the dead.”

Some people believe the dead still walk among us. Other people believe once you’re dead, you’re gone. Either way, Mike Bowditch knows: “Just because y
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
One of those books I really wanted to like. I'd had the audio in my glove box if I ever ran out of books on a trip--and that's just what happened. I've listened to others and liked them okay, but either I wasn't in the mood or this is a better book than audio. In it's favor it has a great sense of place--Maine woods--seen through the eyes of a former game warden who couldn't put up with the rules. And my major problem was I just didn't like him. The book is reminiscent of those by C. j. Box (gam ...more
Chad Preston
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Paul Doiron!
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very happy to see Paul Doiron had written another book in the Mike Bowditch series about a Maine game warden. (In Maine, game wardens are full law-enforcement officers, with all the powers of state troopers: “They are the ‘off-road police.’”)

Mike, 27, was a game warden for three years, but he recently resigned to become a fishing guide in the rugged outland Down East. (In Maine, “Down East” refers to the coast of the U.S. state of Maine from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border.) Mike had
Ray Palen
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many people considered Jimmy Gammon a hero. He served his country valiantly in Afghanistan and returned home. Those who knew him before he enlisted saw the change in 'Jim'. One night he got high on booze and pills and pulled a shotgun on a pair of cops. The ruling was suicide by cop.

It is this unfortunate death that lies at the center of Paul Doiron's latest Mike Bowditch novel, THE BONE ORCHARD. Jimmy was an acquaintance of Mike's. The real issue is that one of the cops that shot Jimmy is Mike'
Gloria Feit
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this, his fifth novel, Paul Doiron seems poised to join the few outstanding authors, headed IMHO by William Kent Krueger, who bring to vivid life the landscape, beauty and inhabitants (both the human and wildlife variety) of the northernmost parts of the United States, the states bordering Canada - - a lofty perch, to be sure. In this instance, that means Maine, ‘the most rural state in the country.’ The protagonist is Mike Bowditch, 27 years old and a former game warden [who in Maine have ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is a very good series that gets better with each book. One of the things I like best about it is how dynamic the characters and their situations are. Each book so far has brought change, sometimes gradual and sometimes dramatic as in this one. The characters' fates are always evolving and they grow and evolve as well. This kind of writing and plotting means some change is sad or tragic, but Mike and his crew cope and grow. This book finds him no longer a rebellious and rule-breaking ranger, ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a bit of a detour for holiday reading and other books which grabbed my attention, I decided that it was definitely time to return to this extremely compelling mystery series.

In this one, Mike is no longer working as a game warden; he has taken a job as a fishing guide. In the beginning of the book, we learn that a young veteran has just come home from the service having been emotionally destroyed by his experiences. Mike's former boss and mentor, Kathy Frost, is called in by the man's par
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I had a déjà vu feeling when I started this book. The character reminded me of one that I will never forget. When I was about half way through The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron, I realized that I had previously read another book in the same series. Of course I did not remember the name of the book or the author but the character stood out! I looked the book up and found out that the other book was Bad Little Falls. I was impressed back then with the author's attention to detail and nature and of c
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mike Bowditch Mystery series is one of the best series currently available. Paul Doiron brings Maine to life in this series. When an author can transport a reader to a local through his words, you know he is a writer worth his salt.

Mike Bowditch is a rebel, a non-conformist, but a man of integrity. The kind of man you would want as a friend. Kathy Frost is lucky to have such a friend. She is very rightly annoyed with him for leaving the warden service. Because Mike is a natural. He has the
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We pick up Mike Bowditch guiding some city fisherman as a free lance fishing guide after leaving the Warden Service. HIs hair is long and he is sporting a heavy beard and while seems to enjoy being out in the wild as a guide, he is still having internal questions about his decision to leave the service. His mentor in the service Kathy Frost and a new rookie take a call at the home of a prominent family whose son was badly wounded in Afghanistan and is having trouble getting back into civilian li ...more
Jill Manske
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Bone Orchard" finds former Maine game warden Mike Bowditch working as a fishing and hunting guide in northern Maine. Never one to follow rules or orders, Bowditch decided that he would be happier working for himself and away from the warden service bureaucracy and politics. But he finds himself unexpectedly pulled in when his mentor and fellow warden, Kathy Frost, kills an Afghanistan War veteran in what appears to be "suicide by cop". Mike travels back home to talk to Kathy and offer his s ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Doiron has hit full stride with the latest entry (#5?) in the Mike Bowditch series.

Mike has resigned from the Maine Game Wardens but he is still a "cop". He can't help getting involved when his friend and training Sergeant is wounded in an apparent revenge incident.

Doiron masterfully blends Mike's investigation with interweavings of his personal life, past and present. He also offers us backstory on Sergeant Kathy Frost we have not learned before.

Doiron continues his ability to describe rur
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch series just keeps getting better and better. It has now reached the point when I am excited to see a new book and so eager to read it that it immediately jumps to the top of my "next read" pile.

And the fifth book in the series does not disappoint.

This time around, Bowditch has left the warden service to become a private guide. But when his mentor is involved in a shooting, he is gradually pulled back into the world of law enforcement.

Mike has grown and changed in this
This is the newest addition to the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series and working your way through to the Bone Orchard. However, I've found that the books are enjoyable as well from any starting point. If you enjoy the outdoors, relish the challenge of a complicated human experience, and like becoming involved in solving "the doer of the deed" crimes, then this one is most satisfying. The books are set in Maine and revolve around the life of ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big advocate that you should read a series in order. It may seem like you are getting all the information you need, but the writer has spent a lot of time crafting the nuances of a character and their relationships and you will just miss out on that if you get the little 2 minute synopsis. This is another series that I am hooked on. I don't binge on a series, so I AM grateful for the summary most authors provide in a later book in the series, but I would not rely on it at all to give me th ...more
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review

A boring story of a guy that went off the rails from his life as a game warden in Maine, and has a meaningless personal life. The chronic structure of the story made of flashbacks that flesh out the why of his measly existence is so plaguing that it destroys any remnants of story. There are a few scenes of mayhem, but the lack of linear storytelling easily defeats this as any sort of crime/thriller.

If Paul Doiron wants some reference of how to write a game warden story, read som
Tricia Douglas
(actual rating 4.5) I found another new author (and character) I really like. This was #5 in the Mike Bowditch series so I have a lot of catching up to do. Bowditch is in the Maine Warden Service, kind of like an outdoors policeman. There's a lot of action going on which, if I tried to explain everything, you probably wouldn't want to read the book. But the story and characters are original and well-done. There's very little that I didn't like in the book. This is a great mystery/suspense book, ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tweeted the author to tell him that I had picked up The Bone Orchard, and was undecided on whether to continue with book #6 or start from the beginning and then continue with the series. I didn't expect an answer, this is Twitter remember. However he tweeted back and suggested that I catch up on the main character's back story. It would give me insight to who the character was. The tweet wasn't meant for feed back. Just a comment, I was on the fence about whether to add this to my every growing ...more
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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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