Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Stay Hidden (Mike Bowditch #9) by Paul Doiron

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 3 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0791JYWR2

Book Description

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 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 ballistic evidence proves he’s telling the truth. Bowditch begins to suspect the secretive community might be covering up the identity of whoever killed Ariel Evans. The controversial author was supposedly writing a book about the island's notorious hermit. So why are there no notes in her rented cottage?

The biggest blow comes the next day when the weekly ferry arrives and off steps the dead woman herself. Ariel Evans is alive, well, and determined to solve her own “murder” even if it upsets Mike Bowditch’s investigation and makes them both targets of an elusive killer who will do anything to conceal his crimes.

Praise for Stay Hidden:

"Outstanding." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron's strongest novel yet." ―Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

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."

My Review

Stay Hidden is the 9th book in the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. I have read all the books in this series and it is definitely one of my favorites. Paul Doiron is an excellent writer and story teller. Every book in this series is a fantastic read. Stay Hidden is a compelling addition to the series.

Mike Bowditch, now an investigator with the Maine Game Wardens, is sent to a remote island off the Maine coast where someone has been shot and killed by a hunter. But was it a hunting accident? Or murder?

Maquoit Island is far offshore. Lobstermen populate the island but it is also home to summer homes. One of the summer homes was rented by a famous author and she is found dead. The twists in this book keep coming and Bowditch has plenty of suspects including an old hermit, her lobsterman lover, the lobsterman's wife...the list goes on. And there is a rivalry on the island between two families that divide the islanders.

This book was quite the ride. Everything takes place within a few short hours. Mike is tested over and over again and comes through every time. I could not put this book down. So good!!!

Highly recommend Stay Hidden by Paul Doiron.

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