Paul Doiron Books

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Paul Doiron is an American novelist best known for the writing of a series of very popular mystery thrillers – the Mike Bowditch series. He is a retired editor of the “Down East: The Magazine of Maine”, where he served between 2005 and 2013, before quitting to pursue a full-time career. Born and raised in Maine, he went to Yale University for his Bachelors in English and proceeded to Emerson College, where he graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing. He is a member of the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission. He is also a Registered Maine Guide and lives near a trout stream where he spends most of his time fly-fishing.

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Order of Mike Bowditch Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Poacher's Son 2010 Description / Buy
2 Trespasser 2011 Description / Buy
3 Bad Little Falls 2012 Description / Buy
4 Massacre Pond 2013 Description / Buy
5 The Bone Orchard 2014 Description / Buy
6 The Bear Trap (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
7 The Precipice 2015 Description / Buy
8 Widowmaker 2016 Description / Buy
9 Knife Creek 2017 Description / Buy
10 Rabid (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
11 Stay Hidden 2018 Description / Buy
12 Backtrack (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
13 Almost Midnight 2019 Description / Buy
14 The Imposter (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
15 One Last Lie 2020 Description / Buy
16 The Caretaker 2021 Description / Buy
17 Dead by Dawn 2021 Description / Buy
18 Skin and Bones (Short Story) 2022 Description / Buy
19 Hatchet Island 2022 Description / Buy
20 Snakebit (Short Story) 2023 Description / Buy
21 Dead Man's Wake 2023 Description / Buy
22 Pitch Dark 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Doiron Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Eating Between The Lines 1998 Description / Buy
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Paul Doiron’s made his name with the Mike Bowditch series of novels. The first novel in the series was the 2010 published “The Poachers Son”, which went on to spawn many more novels. One of the most popular and critically acclaimed thriller novels out there, the novels have been nominated for and won many prestigious awards over the years.


Paul Doiron’s novels have won him many awards over the years. The first novel in the series “The Poachers Son” was nominated for the Best Fiction of 2010 at the Maine Literary Awards, Best Novel at the Thriller Awards, a Macavity, an Anthony, and an Edgar Award. It was the winner of Best First Novel at the Strand Critics Award and the Barry Award. “Trespasser” his second novel was a winner of the Maine Literary Award. The third novel was on the shortlist for the Maine Literary Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award. “The Bone Orchard” was the recipient of the Down East Best of Maine award while the fourth novel “Massacre Pond” made the final shortlist for the Maine Literary Award, in addition to being an Indie Favorite and an Indie Next Pick.


With some of the most prestigious accolades awarded to his novels, Paul Doiron writes some of the most incredible mystery novels. Nonetheless, three of the most appreciated of Paul Doiron novels include:

Knife Creek: The eighth novel of the Mike Bowditch novels is an electrifying novel that sees Mike Bowditch the Maine game warden, charged with getting rid of the wild boars causing havoc on farms and forest in the district. He makes a shocking discovery when he stumbles upon the body of a child in the forest. DNA tests show that the infant is related to a young woman that had disappeared on a rafting trip a few years earlier, presumed dead. Opening his investigation, Bowditch learns that the people he has trusted for many years may just not be who he thought they were. But now the violence comes closer to home with his detractors willing to do anything to ensure their dark secrets do not come out into the open.

The Bone Orchard: The fifth novel in the series is a suspense-filled tragedy. After experiencing a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch quits the Maine Warden Service to go work as a North Woods fishing guide. However, when Kathy Frost his former Sgt and mentor is involved in a cop suicide he thinks he may have to go back. Kathy is now in the sights of not only the dead cop’s platoon mates, but also an unknown sniper. It is not long before Kathy is shot while on a trip to her farmhouse and Mike is forced into the hunt for the shooter. To get to the bottom of the mystery, he needs to dig into his ex-mentor’s dark past, even as he deals with complications in his love life. With Frost on the throes of death, Bowditch must make difficult choices if he is to apprehend the dangerous shooter spreading terror in central Maine.

Massacre Pond: The award-winning novel sees Mike Bowditch called to investigate a weird crime scene. Elizabeth Morse a rich animal rights activist just discovered seven moose killed, cut up, and their parts spread on her vast estate. What may seem like a sense killing of harmless moose soon turns out to be not so simple. It would seem that the locals are angry at Morse’s plans to buy up huge tracts of land to establish a new game park. Things come to a head when a dead body is discovered on Morse’s estate, resulting in a massive hunt for a ruthless killer. However, if he is to solve the case, Bowditch has to risk the loss of everything precious to him, including the love of his life, his career, and his best friends. It is a moving novel of ruthless cruelty set against the strong will of a woman with missionary zeal.

When Does The Next Paul Doiron book come out?

The next book by Paul Doiron is Pitch Dark and will be released on June, 25th 2024. It is the newest book in the Mike Bowditch Series.

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