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Stay Hidden

(Mike Bowditch #9)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,819 ratings  ·  324 reviews
A woman has been shot to death by a deer hunter on an island off the coast of Maine. To newly promoted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch, the case seems open and shut. But as soon as he arrives on remote Maquoit Island he discovers mysteries piling up one on top of the other.

The hunter now claims he didn’t fire the fatal shot and the evidence proves he’s telling the truth.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Minotaur Books
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May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Mike Bowditch has been newly appointed as Warden Investigator when the call comes in that a woman has been shot to death in a hunting "incident" on Marquoit Island off the coast of Maine. The dead woman is the controversial Author, Ariel Winters. She was believed to have been staying on the island to interview another controversial person on the island - a once Hollywood insider who now lives like a hermit with his sheep. Initially the case appears cut and dry. Apparently, a hunter mistook the w ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Like the flick of a white-tailed deer, you may be in range of the receiving end of a bullet. Hunting season and all, you know.....

Was it a careless accident of bad judgment and circumstances or was the unfortunate victim an actual victim?

Mike Bowditch, newly sporting the credentials of Maine Warden Investigator, is called out to Maquoit Island off the coast of Maine. Maquoit is the foggiest place on the Atlantic seaboard with that same dense fog having a highly corrosive effect on both metal and
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
This is a quiet mystery with a Erie vibe to it!🌫

An atmospheric book filled with fog and intrigue... this is the ninth book in the Michael Bowditch series, But the first book I have read, can definitely be read as a standalone... Bowditch is a game warden in Maine... I really liked his character and I liked this different approach to a crime thriller....

A woman is killed on a small island off the shore of Maine, mistaken for a white tailed deer while hanging her laundry... initially it looks like
Leslie Ray
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set on an island (named Maquoit) off the coast of Maine, a famous journalist is shot while hanging clothes in a rented cabin. The story is that it is a case of her being mistaken for a deer, which in Maine, could easily happen. Mike Bowditch is the Warden Investigator assigned along with a detective from the Maine State Police, Steven Klesko, and a fellow warden, Ronnette Landry, who collects the evidence and body. They are there to investigate whether it was an accident or homicide. Due to circ ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
STAY HIDDEN is the ninth book in the Mike Bowditch series and I was thrilled once again step into Mike's world. Now, I have only read two books previously in this series, but I enjoy this series very much. Especially since reading about a game warden is a bit different from the usual police or sheriff novels I usually read.

Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy suspense and thriller novels that deal with murder or crime investigations. I especially enjoy them if they throw something unusual, new or creative into the mix. My newest obsession is crime thrillers with main characters in park ranger or wildlife officer positions. It's breathing a bit of new life into the genre for me, as straight cop/bad guy stories can get old hat after awhile.

Stay Hidden is the 9th book in the Mike Bowditch series. This is the first book in this series I've read.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This one didn't quite measure up to the Doiron books I've read in the past, but I finished it - albeit much slower than I've finished other books in the series.

First, my number one problem with it: it depicts Mainers in a really negative light - the residents of Maquoit Island come across as so secretive and creepy that they reminded me of characters from a few cult novels I've read. None of them is remotely likeable (they hate all outsiders messing with their little community and seem to be co
Craig Sisterson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, rural-noir
Among a seemingly skyrocketing trend of domestic noir, unreliable narrators, and unlikable characters, Maine author Paul Doiron offers something rather timeless: an engaging series centred on an honourable and interesting detective operating in a distinct and well-evoked setting.

STAY HIDDEN is the ninth Mike Bowditch mystery, and it sees the Maine game warden finding his feet in his new role of Warden Investigator. Doiron, who was a longtime magazine editor in Maine and is a keen outdoorsman (f
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Newly promoted Warden Investigator, Mike Bowditch, is called to remote Maquoit Island when a visiting journalist is shot dead in the backyard of her rental house. He seems to get no support in his investigation from either the locals, who are more than happy to alibi each other, nor from his superiors who seem to take pleasure in their critique of his methods. Stubborn as always, Bowditch rattles enough chains that eventually the truth comes out. A solid series addition.
Chris Conley
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. Mike Bowditch seems finally to be coming into his own. I always forget how young he is. His life experience makes him seem so much older...not necessarily wiser. I really enjoy this series.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maine Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch is the only one in the office when a call comes in that a woman has been shot on a island off the coast. The first information indicates the woman, Ariel Evans, was hanging out clothes in the back yard during hunting season. She's a famous journalist who has been renting there for several weeks. Since the entire population of the island is only 89 people, everyone knows her well. Imagine everyone's surprise when the real Ariel Evans walks off the ferry.

Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Paul Doiron didn't miss a single negative stereotype about lobster men and islanders when he wrote Stay Hidden. I really found his sweeping generalizations offensive. I also found his main character, Mike Bowditch, a poor representation of the Maine Warden Service. Some of Bowditch's exploits were quite stupid (especially the kayak episode).
Doiron's writing style seemed choppy and stilted, but the plot did hold my interest. In the end, the Bowditch character solves the case, mostly by dumb luck
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Maine deer hunting season has barely begun as Stay Hidden: A Novel by Paul Doiron begins, and already there are two deaths. The deaths are not are not hunting accidents. The warden service refers to them as what they are--- homicides. The reason a person is dead is because the person, the shooter, maybe both made a mistake that could have and should have been avoided.

Out on Maquoit Island, Ariel Evans lies dead in the yard behind the house she was renting. For Mike Bowditch, who was recently
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
My first book by this author and it won't be the last. Apparently one can read this series out of order as I started with #9. I really enjoyed Mike Bowditch and thought the characters were very "real" which is another reason to continue with the series. The descriptions of the landscape, weather and people in Maine made you feel like you were there with them. ...more
Excellent new entry in this fine series featuring game warden (now promoted to warden investigator) Mike Bowditch.

Author Doiron has added some great twists to this one. This is also different than the previous entries in that it is essentially a traditional "locked room" murder mystery. The "room" is a sparsely-populated island off the coast of Maine. All the residents are, by definition, suspects. Due to circumstances, Bowditch finds himself the lone investigator on the case and must solve it b
The Real Book Spy
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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In his latest adventure (the ninth of the series), Mike Bowditch adjusts to his new role as an investigator while trying to solve the most head-scratching murder case of his career.

No longer a game warden, Bowditch recently accepted a job promotion to become Maine’s newest warden investigator. When readers catch back up with Mike, he’s got a lot more going on than just trying to get used to the shirt and tie his new gig requires him to wear on
In compliance with FTC guidelines: I received a finished hard copy of this book upon release of the paperback version free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.

This is the second book in the Warden Mike Bowditch series I've read. I've decided I really like this character ,in fact, I think I've developed a literary
Jul 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
ok - there was so much I didn't like about this book...where to begin?

Mike is an experienced game warden but has recently been promoted to investigator..and throughout the book he acted like he didn't know what he was doing; like he was someone completely new and out of the academy with no background. He is someone who has moved up the ladder - he has experience and training -instead we are subject to his self-doubt; to others wondering if he can handle the case - it was silly.

The characters on
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
This one felt forced and contrived. The plot was interesting - I'd give that a 3. But the writing and the pace of the plot reveals was awkward. I'd like to know more about the hermit and the journalist. The culture of Maine locals is also captivating. But it's almost like a wet dream for the game warden. Oh he's so tough. And the ladies all love him. He can row a boat, survive freezing water, keep his gun dry, save the lady, and keep his job. He just can't stop the publicity! Damn. ...more
Bruce Coffin
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in the Bowditch saga!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Newly promoted to warden investigator, Mike Bowditch is sent to Maquoit, a remote Maine island, after a woman identified as a controversial journalist is shot and killed in what appears to be a hunting-related incident.
Bowditch, who had been a game warden for six years, is a rookie investigator and is, understandably, nervous about this, his first hunting homicide. Adding to his distress is being flown to the island by Charley Stevens, his mentor and old friend from whom he's been estranged sinc
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Review: STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron
(Mike Bowditch #9)

Newly appointed as a Warden Investigator, Maine Game Warden is assigned to his first hunting death incident, on an isolated Atlantic island. Mike doesn't exactly acquit himself with glory, though in his defense, this is his first investigation and the islanders are both aloof and secretive. A vacationing woman is shot while hanging laundry, supposedly a hunting accident. Danger and revelation abound, but still Mike perseveres to ultimate discov
Bonnie E.
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I’ve read in the Bowditch series. Really liked this murder mystery. Game warden Bowditch serves as the lead investigator because a woman’s shooting death was reported as a hunting accident. The book is replete with interesting characters and its remote Maine island setting is phenomenal. The author keeps you guessing about “whodunnit.” And the ending really works.
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always love these books - onto the next one of his!
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I love this series and every year I wait eagerly for the next one. It's about Mike Bowditch, formerly a game warden in rural Maine, now recently promoted to Warden Investigator. He travels to Maquoit, a small island off the coast of Maine, to investigate a hunting incident in which a young woman has been shot and killed. However when he arrives he finds that the shooter has not come forward and there is a possibility that the shooting was not even accidental.

Hindering his investigation are the p
Sharon Huether
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a woman (Ariel Evans) is shot and killed on an island off the coast of Maine, Game Warden Mike Bowditch comes to investigate. Is it a hunting accident or was it deliberate.
There seems to be more mysterious happenings.

A few days later the real Ariel Evans shows up getting on to the island from a ferryboat.

Who was the impostor?

It was hard to find the truth, with people that were so closed minded.
Andy Plonka
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: src
Once the confusion about one of the main character's death and subsequent r"resurrection" are resolved the story line is pretty straightforward but the descriptions of the island off the Maine coast as well as the permanent residents of the island provides some interest. ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the ninth book in Doiron’s crime series featuring Maine former game warden and now newly promoted warden investigator Mike Bowditch. (In Maine, game wardens are full law-enforcement officers, with all the powers of state troopers: “They are the ‘off-road police.’” Warden investigators are “for all intents and purposes a plainclothes detective.”)

Mike has been a game warden for six years but a warden investigator for only four months when he is assigned his first hunting homicide. The wom
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Paul Doiron's mysteries featuring Mike Bowditch still seem fresh, like the new kids on the mystery scene, but STAY HIDDEN is already the ninth entry in the series. I still remember reading Doiron's first book, THE POACHER'S SON, after my oldest daughter gifted the novel as a Christmas present, cleverly picking the book out of that year's Edgar Awards list of best first novels. Doiron's productivity since that first book is rare, and he has done so while maintaining a high level of writing and st ...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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