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Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron
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bookshelves: 2017, mystery-police-procedural

I’m giving Massacre Pond 3.5 stars; the extra half star is for the authenticity of the setting. I have never been to Maine but I had no problem picturing the trees, the roads, the wildlife and the way of life. It is one of the best features of this book.

In fashioning his plot, Paul Doiron has taken one idea from local history, the Soldiertown slaughter of moose and deer in 1999. (The perpetrators were never caught.) Another idea came from a proposal made by a rich businesswoman/philanthropist to create the Maine North Woods National Park - an idea heavily resented both in the book and in real life. Paul Doiron crafts his fictional tale from these disparate events. He changes the names and locations and adds motives and resolutions. His main character, Mike Bowditch is called in when the bodies of several moose have been shot dead on private land and left to rot. Like many low players on the totem pole in police mysteries, Mike does not see eye to eye with his superiors and the animosity is mutual. Mike is assigned to peripheral duties even though he was the first officer on the scene. More often than not, however, he seems to find his way to the centre of the action yet, despite his involvement, it is soon more than just moose that are dead.

The supporting characters are interesting as far as they go which isn’t very far. The majority of them lack depth and they play out much as Mike’s intuition says they will. Still, a good plot, even if not earth-shattering, and certainly well-written. Overall, an enjoyable, light read.

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Reading Progress

February 3, 2015 – Shelved
February 3, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
August 22, 2017 – Started Reading
September 10, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
September 10, 2017 – Shelved as: mystery-police-procedural
September 10, 2017 – Finished Reading

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