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Almost Midnight

(Mike Bowditch #10)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  64 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, 320 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
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
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.
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
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
Debbie Smith
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mysteries

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
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

This is book ten in the Mike Bowditch series, but this can definitely be read as a standalone. I started the series last year with STAY HIDDEN and I absolutely loved it. One thing I really liked about that book and this one is that it is a mystery and crime fiction novel but there’s a good balance between character study and the plot. It has a slower pacing, but nothing that drags, so it’s good to go into this series knowi
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost Midnight is a very well-written book, 10th in the series Paul Doiron has produced about Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. This advance readers copy, supplied through NetGalley, was my introduction to the author and the series. Picky reader that I am, I thoroughly enjoyed it on its own without the background of the earlier installments.

Doiron ticks the boxes: Characters are well-drawn and relatable; plot moves forward without either rushing or dawdling; dialogue is natural and believable, a
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
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
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Warden investigator Mike Bowditch is back and a joy to read along with Paul Doiron's descriptions of Maine. He's a flawed and interesting man and can't seem to get it right, especially here with Dani Tate who not surprisingly takes on a larger role in his life. Some of the usual Warden Service and law enforcement cast all are likeable as usual, including Kathy Frost and Charley Stevens. Everyone's favorite mentor, Charley has just a small bit here. The story here centers around Billy Cronk and h ...more
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
Terry A.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the arc of “Almost Midnight” by Paul Doiron.

Doiron’s ongoing series about Mike Bowditch, an investigator with the Maine Warden Service has been a favorite of mine. I enjoy the setting, in the vast forests, mountains and coast of Maine, and the variety of small villages, depressed former paper mill towns and law-enforcement centers of the state. This volume brings us face-to-face with old friends, human and wolf/dog, as well as new characters populating a multi
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike is on vacation when he receives an urgent call from his friend Billy, who is in prison. Billy is worried something bad is happening at the prison, but won’t give Mike any details. After an attack on the guards in the prison in which Billy saves a guard, the governor announces he will pardon Billy. Meanwhile, Mike hears that the wolf-hybrid he saved once before has been shot and may not survive. Mike is determined to find out who shot him and look for the wolf’s mate. In this book, Mike is o ...more
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
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came late to the Mike Bowditch series, and initially thought him just another callow youth, bumbling his way through, and not very likable or interesting. Fortunately, unless a book is overwhelmingly bad, I tend to give a character another chance. I caught up on the series gradually, and, over time, the character developed and I came to appreciate him. I enjoy the rural Maine setting, and the characters, good and otherwise, who populate Mike's world. I was particularly interested in reading Al ...more
David Morgan
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the series of 10 that I've read and it makes me want to start at the beginning to understand Mike Bowditch's history and what makes him tick. This story refers back to previous relationship's, experiences, and situations I know nothing about. That said however, I found myself drawn to his character and connected to his love and devotion to his friends both human and animal. This story is very well written with likeable characters to root for and get to know. I definitel ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book featuring Mike Bowditch. His vacation is cut short by a call from a friend. Cronk shares a concern about the prison. Soon afterwards Cronk saves a CO during an inmate attack. One leg of the story follows the events surrounding Cronk and the prison.

Mike gets a call from someone about a wounded wolf. He finds it is Shadow, the wolf dog hybrid, whom he rescued years ago. Who shot Shadow? Was it the newly settled Amish? The constitution spouting town bully/savior? Or the young co
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, thriller
It's the first book I read by Paul Doiron and I'm happy I got this ARC because I discovered an amazing series.
It's well written, engrossing and entertaining.
The plot flows without problems and keeps you hooked till the last page.
The cast of characters is well written and fleshed, you cannot help liking Mike and being involved.
The mystery was good, full of twists and turns.
Even if it's the 10th in this series I had no issues with the plot or the characters.
I look forward to reading other books in
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

While I tend to enjoy a good thriller/mystery, I admittedly do not typically seek out tales centered around animal tracking, endangered species, and other problems associated with the lifestyle of a game warden. With that being said, I must admit that the 10th installment in the Mike Bowditch series masterfully weaves a highly intriguing prison conspiracy with the mystery of who shot Mike's wolf, Shadow, into one compelling story that will keep
Marilee Steffen
Maine Warden Investigator, Mike Bowditch searches for the bowman who shot a wolf-hybrid he once cared for and at the same time he's also trying to help his imprisoned friend, Billy Cronk who was injured in a brutal attack at the prison. There is a cover up in play and Bowditch feels he is responsible for the safety of Cronks' family who may be in danger. As usual, there are strong characters, and great dialogue along side descriptions of Maine's rugged and natural setting. The story's pace is fa ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this 10th book in the Mike Bowditch series. Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden. In this book we find Mike's friend Billy Cronk in prison and needing his help. The wolf dog that Mike had rescued in an earlier book reappears. We get to meet some new strange characters and find Mike fighting with bad guys.

Paul Doiron is an excellent author and makes me want to visit Maine. My husband and I have e
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not hard at all to give 5 stars to this marvelous series that I love so much. Mike Bowditch is the kind of man I would want on my side and as a friend. In this thriller he finds himself multitasking as he responds to an old friend's concerns of malfeasance while serving time behind bars, and the malicious attack on Shadow, the hybrid wolf Mike had taken under his wing for a one time.

Wonderful writing, a beautiful setting and a heck of a ending will keep me coming back for more. Please keep
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first Paul Doiron book of this series I have read. It was very well written and could easily be a stand alone novel as I didn't even realize it was a series until later!
The characters are well developed and the descriptions of the land and scenes are vivid and amazing! I would definitely pick up another one of his books.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Tricia Griffith
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, but maybe a little less gripping (?) or exciting than recent titles in this series. I feel like I kept waiting for the two separate storylines to merge more or something, and maybe the fact that two different things were happening detracted from the intensity of each of them. Still enjoyable, though!
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read others in this series but this one may be the best yet. Two storylines one dealing with Mike’s friend and prison corruption and the other to do with him saving a wolf. Mike also is trying to be in a relationship. Overall an enjoyable easy read. I finished it in a day.

I was given a copy from netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading this author and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. There is plenty of action, suspense and mystery that held my attention from the beginning to the very end of the book. I’m looking forward to reading other books in this series and hope they are as exciting as this one.
Terri Gorden
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series of books, and Almost Midnight did not disappoint. I loved the references to Helen and Scott Nearing and the very subtle reference to another of my favorite Maine authors -- Bernd Heinrich. Reading this series always makes me want to return to Maine. I can't wait for the next book!
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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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