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Stay Hidden

(Mike Bowditch #9)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,120 ratings  ·  171 reviews

A supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation in this intricately-plotted new thriller featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch.

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 Maq

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Published July 3rd 2018 by Minotaur Books
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May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Craig Sisterson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Conley
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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 c ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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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
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andy Plonka
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, thank-you-amazon
ARC/ Mystery: This book just came out so no spoilers here. This is book ninth book in the Mike Bowditch series and I got this from Amazon in lieu of an honest review. I originally turned it down, but I saw a positive review of it in the newspaper and thought I really needed to read a good who-done-it.

First, let me say that I am bias to first person narrated novels where the protagonist(s) are isolated from the rest of the world; either in space, under water, the Upper P, or on an island. This
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you St. Martins Press/Minotaur Books for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.  This title is set to hit shelves July 3.

This was my first book by author, Paul Doiron, and my first true crime detective story.  

It was a very slow burn  for me - but I guess that is how real-life crime investigations go.  I found the author took a little long on unveiling things and spent a lot of time on descriptions of the island and overall geography of the story's setting (which was pretty dar
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 in the Mike Bowditch series. This 2018 entry by author Doiron brings with it a strong sense of place as Warden Bowditch, now Warden Investigator, used to the Maine wilderness must investigate the insular community on tiny Maquoit Island. He must investigate a homicide from a hunting incident and none of the natives want him on the island or will assist in his investigation. A fascinating read though the complex plot may not come to the desired result.

Ariel Evans apparently took a house on Mai
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Hines
A remote wilderness. A woman shot by a deer hunter. Case closed!
Now wait a second , not so fast.
This may not be all it's cracked up to be.
Ariel Evans now may be the community target #1 in the eyes of many as an author who was in the process of writing about the islands notorious hermit.
Just one problem, her rented cottage is void of notes.
Ok, that's a slight problem we cannot overlook.
So let's go on a little trip say we take a ferry and search for answers.
Oh shoot.
Look who just stepped off the f
Don Gorman
(3). I don't know what it is about park ranger sorts that make them such likely protagonists but it seems like we have plenty of them out there, male and female alike. Mike Bowditch is a very engaging one. I think I have read just one of the books in this series previously and when I saw the review of this one somewhere I reserved it at the library. This is a solid effort. Strong from the start, Bowditch is not a superhero or superbrain but a smart, introspective kind of guy. The layers peel bac ...more
Sarah Bowe
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story about a new game warden called to investigate an "accidental" hunting accident on a tiny island of the coast of Maine. The people of the island were very protective of each other (aside from a rivarly with a certain family).... Even to the point of covering up crimes and secrets. I felt bad for Mike and that the uslanders hated him at the end. I'll probably try more books by this author.
I like this series for some of the same reasons I like William Kent Kruger and CJ Box--interesting characters, strong sense of place, dangers from terrain as well as beasts (animal and human). This time we're on an island off Maine, and there's been a murder of a writer, except she isn't dead. One of the plot twist and there are more. Interesting puzzle with lots of twists, series characters though the islanders seem a bet stereotypical, compelling pace, and lots about ticks! Mike Bowditch is no ...more
Richard J.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. Mike Bowditch continues to grow and the cases he must solve get twister. One of the best of the series.
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
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
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9th in the series and it was a good suspense read.
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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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