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Almost Midnight

(Mike Bowditch #10)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  152 reviews
In this thrilling entry in Edgar Award finalist Paul Doiron's bestselling series, the death of Maine's last wild wolf leads Game Warden Mike Bowditch to an even bigger criminal conspiracy.

Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch already has a troubling mystery on his hands: finding the archer who mortally wounded Maine’s only wild wolf. Then he learns his best friend, Billy Cronk
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Almost Midnight is the tenth book in the Mike Bowditch series, but it reads as a stand-alone novel. So please, don't let the fact that you have not read the previous books in this series deter you from picking up this one. You may even find you enjoy it so much that you want to go back and read the previous books (heck, it might also make you want to visit Maine)!

In Almost Midnight, Mike Bowditch, who is an investigator with the Maine Warden Service, is enjoying his vacation when he receives a p
The Native American Seneca tribes believe that a wolf sung the moon into existence. And is its long-noted howling just a reminder that it will always be there even on moonless nights?

Almost Midnight rejoins us with Mike Bowditch, an investigator for the Maine Warden Service. Bowditch is a character that we've eagerly followed through this outstanding series centered on Mike's painstaking transformation from entry level Maine warden into quite the investigator with a sixth sense.

Bowditch is enjo
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Almost Midnight (Mike Bowditch Mysteries Book 10) by Paul Doiron from NetGalley for my honest review.

This is the first book I have ever read by Paul Doiron not to mention the only one I have read in this series. This is easily a stand alone read but I really want to go back and read them all because I enjoyed this one so much.

A wonderful mystery full of suspense, corruption and a prison conspiracy that will keep you reading through the night.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love this series - and this, the 10th book, certainly does nothing to change that enthusiasm. Game Warden Mike Bowditch is in fine fettle - even if he's dithering a bit in his relatively new relationship with Maine state trooper Dani Tate. I've said this in other reviews, but Mike reminds me of author C.J. Box's game warden Joe Pickett, and in this book I picked up some tinges of Michael Lister's former prison chaplain John Jordan as well. But make no mistake: Mike is his own person ...more
Chris Conley
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better. Mike is a character who is both complicated and straightforward. He is very much his own man who nonetheless has become surrounded by great friends. I really enjoy these books.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mike Bowditch cuts his vacation short when the wife of Billy Cronk calls and tells him Billy needs to see him. Billy has a favor to ask Mike, a favor that Mike just can't do for him. However, shortly after this a female guard attacked and Billy saves her life and now the governor wants to pardon Billy. Mike is thrilled to learn this since he feels responsible for sending Billy to prison in the first place because he had to testify against him. However, he is also worried since he can't stop thin ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say, this series is only getting better and better. I am so hooked that I started watching North Woods Law to see what the game wardens of Maine looks like.
Robin Loves Reading
Mike Bowditch is a Warden Investigator who has two pressing mysteries, and they are both priorities. On the one hand he must identify the archer who struck down Maine's only known male wolf, and find a female wolf he is certain is out there.

At the same time, his best friend, Billy Cronk, currently imprisoned due to testimony Mike had no choice but to give, begs his help and protection from a female guard. Ironically, the guard is seriously wounded, and Billy saves her life. This results in Billy
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
First Sentence: I passed the coroner's meat wagon on the way up the hill to the prison.

Maine Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch receives a request from inmate Billy Cronk, a former friend he helped imprison for murder. Billy wants him to investigate a new female prison guard who then suffers a brutal attack. Another call comes from a mountain community where wolf-hybrid Shadow has been shot by a crossbow and is barely clinging to life. The two investigations endanger Mike's life, as well as his
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here comes the latest book in one of my favorite series starring Maine Game Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch. I've read and posted reviews of every book in this series. If you have a love of the outdoors or you love animals, try this series.

While on vacation, Bowditch gets called to the prison by his inmate friend Billy Cronk. Cronk wants him to investigate a new female prison guard but won't say why. Bowditch hasn't decided if he will follow through. He gets a call from another game warden. Sh
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron
Mike Bowditch the Maine Game Warden is back again! Although this is part of a series it can and does stand alone, set in Maine this is a great, fast paced read that doesn't let you down. This time Mike is called by his friends wife who tells him her husband (who is in prison thanks in part to Mike's testimony) needs to see him right away, this sets things in motion and at the same time he is called about Shadow part dog mostly wolf who has been shot with a crossbow
The Real Book Spy
Just as his vacation is wrapping up, Maine Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch is pulled from the river he’s been fly fishing on when his old pal Billy Cronk, who is currently doing time in the Maine Penitentiary for killing a man who once attacked him and Bowditch years back, suddenly reaches out.

A military combat veteran with solid instincts and a touch of paranoia, Cronk tells Mike that he needs a favor—which involves checking into a female prison guard named Dawn Richie, who recently transferr
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Ten books into this series, ALMOST MIDNIGHT is rife with the familiar. Readers who have followed author Paul Doiron from the beginning--and I have, ever since my oldest daughter Ronni gave me the first book in the series, THE POACHER'S SON, as a birthday present many years ago--will find much that is recognizable. Maine, in its many manfestations, is still a central character. We've followed Mike Bowditch through his twenties, and seen his professional life stabilize and his personal life remain ...more
Darcia Helle
Setting is a huge factor in this story, and it's handled exceptionally well. I felt like I was there in Maine, with all the quirkiness of the people, culture, and weather patterns. Having grown up in New England, I really enjoyed this jaunt through Maine.

We have two separate plots that occasionally intersect. In one storyline, we travel with Bowditch as he tries to figure out who shot a wolf. This is the least complex of the two plots, but it's also where we spend the most time. Consequently, th
Melody Morris
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost Midnight – Paul Doiron

Years ago, Maine State Warden Mike Bowditch was forced to provide testimony that landed his best friend, Billy Cronk, in prison. Now he receives a message from Billy’s wife, stating that Billy desperately needs to see him. Billy is asking him to investigate the background of a new prison guard, telling Mike that it’s a matter of life and death. Mike is reluctant to do so, and Billy ends the conversation telling his friend not to come back. Feeling a bit guilty, Mike
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the tenth book in Doiron’s crime series featuring former Maine 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.’” A warden investigator, on the other hand, is “for all intents and purposes a plainclothes detective.”)

There have been other changes in Mike’s life recently besides his promotion. His long-time girlfriend Stacey Stevens, daught
R J Mckay
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

A Phone call from an old friend brings Warden Inspector Mike Bowditch from his vacation to meet up with his friend, inmate Billy Cronk. Mike still feels guilty for his part in the incarceration of his friend so there isn’t much he won’t do for Billy. Except maybe investigate a prison guard. But the next day, two prisoners attempt to murder the female guard, and if it hadn’t been for Billy, Dawn Richie would be dead. Now his h
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the tenth of the Mike Bowditch series, Mike is on vacation when Aimee Cronk calls to tell him that Billy needs to see him (in prison), a matter of ‘life or death.’ Billy has had paranoid delusions in the past, and Mike is ready to pass this one by, but then there is an altercation at the prison, one Correctional Officer is killed, another injured. One prisoner is dead, two injured including Billy. Billy is seriously wounded.

As Mike races to the hospital, more violence ensues resulting in the
Gail Cooke
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doiron is a passionate author who writes eloquently about the wilderness and the creatures who inhabit it in his beloved Maine. With his descriptions the forests spring to life before the readers' eyes and the sounds fill your ears. His creation of Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch has given readers a hero all of us can admire and pull for. (Who could resist someone who cares for a gray wolf?)

The story opens when Mike receives an SOS phone call from one of his oldest friends - Billy Cronk. With
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love visiting the world of Mike Bowditch and seeing what trouble he can get into! The latest book did not disappoint! I am always intrigued by the different geographic areas of Maine in which Mike ends up working. A friend of mine recently moved to the area in this book so it was even more interesting.

Mike is on vacation when news from an old friend in prison interrupts his fishing. A friend is in prison and reaches out to Mike for help. Mike and his friend, Billy, have a complicated history b
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of these days, Maine Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch is going to figure out how to make his personal life as successful as his professional career. This isn't the book that happens...

In a previous book, Bowditch's testimony put his best friend Billy Cronk in jail. Events are now unfolding that could possibly free Billy or kill him in the process. Mike's wolf-dog Shadow has emerged injured from the wild, but the animal's life hangs in the balance. In trying to save these two important parts
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This is one of the best mystery series out there. Full stop. If you love settings that are woodsy and rustic, and you enjoy having 4-legged characters included (in this series they are mostly of the non-domesticated type) then you need to follow Mike Bowditch in his mission as a Woods Cop to keep Maine forests safe and healthy for all creatures, including humans. He encounters some perfectly despicable types of humans, however, and his pursuit of them is always graphic, dogged, and unfailingly s ...more
Bill Stevens
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the tenth book of the series, and the absolute best in the series. The book traverses many areas with which I am familiar, having spent numerous summers in the Rangeley/Kennebago region growing up and working as a Master Maine Guide.

Read it!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual 3.5 stars
Thank you Minotaur Books for my advanced copy of Almost Midnight, in exchange for an honest review.  This title released July 2, 2019.

This was my second book in the Mike Bowditch series, and although there are 10 in total so far, I can assure you that they can be read as standalone books.

It was a slow burn - like most real-life crime investigations.  Doiron's writing is easy to read and pretty engaging, especially if you are a fan of detailing  He is the master of attention to de
It's an action-packed April in still mostly wintry Maine for game warden Mike Bowditch, as he is called away from his vacation when his imprisoned best friend is stabbed in a riot, and his erstwhile pet wolf-dog has been wounded, likely fatally, shot with a crossbow bolt. Torn between two investigations, he also has to deal with an ultimatum from his girlfriend.
Paula Hess
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book #10 in the series and I can't wait for #11. This is one you really want to start with the first book and keep reading. Bowditch has grown and matured. Doiron is a great writer.
Debbie Smith
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, netgalley

My first thought when I started reading this story about Mike Bowditch, was that it reminded me so much of the books written by C.J. Box. (I started my dad reading those books about three years ago and it wasn't any time before he'd read them all. Needless to say, he loved them. Though he passed away in November of last year, I'm positive he would have loved books by Paul Doiron just as much.)

I think that you'll find that this story has beautiful descriptions of Maine as well as interesting myst
Beth Peterson
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost feel like I was tricked into reading this book by the comparisons made between this author (Paul Doiron) and series (Mike Bowditch) and author C.J. Box and his Joe Pickett series. I found that aside from the main character's jobs and beautiful settings, the authors/series had nothing in common.
In a C.J. Box book it only takes a few pages for me to get into the story and start knowing and liking the characters. In Almost Midnight, it never happened. I really tried to like the book, and f
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron begins, Mike Bowditch is on vacation and fishing. He deserves it and needs it after being promoted to Warden Investigator and moving to his new area. He was enjoying his rare break until he got a phone call about Billy Cronk. Billy wants to see him and as always with Billy the matter is urgent and can’t be spoken about over the phone. Which makes sense since Billy Cronk is in prison as a result of the actions he took as he saved Mike Bowditch’s life.

The legal s
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always look forward to Paul Doiron’s next book because it’s one of my very favorite series with Mike Bowditch, the main character who is a Maine game warden. Paul Doiron is a great writer who really gives you a sense of place. He was the former editor of Downeast magazine, the quintisessential magazine of Maine, which I used to read cover to cover. Having lived in Maine, not far from where the author grew up, his books bring me back there and truly describe what Maine is really like...the good ...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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Mike Bowditch (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Trespasser (Mike Bowditch, #2)
  • Bad Little Falls (Mike Bowditch, #3)
  • Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch, #4)
  • The Bone Orchard (Mike Bowditch, #5)
  • The Precipice (Mike Bowditch, #6)
  • Widowmaker (Mike Bowditch, #7)
  • Knife Creek (Mike Bowditch, #8)
  • Stay Hidden (Mike Bowditch, #9)
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