Mike Bowditch Books

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Mike Bowditch is a series of mystery suspense novels written by Paul Doiron. Mike Bowditch is also the primary protagonist of the series.

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Order of Mike Bowditch Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Poacher's Son ( By: Paul Doiron) 2010 Description / Buy
2 Trespasser ( By: Paul Doiron) 2011 Description / Buy
3 Bad Little Falls ( By: Paul Doiron) 2012 Description / Buy
4 Massacre Pond ( By: Paul Doiron) 2013 Description / Buy
5 The Bone Orchard ( By: Paul Doiron) 2014 Description / Buy
6 The Bear Trap (Short Story) ( By: Paul Doiron) 2014 Description / Buy
7 The Precipice ( By: Paul Doiron) 2015 Description / Buy
8 Widowmaker ( By: Paul Doiron) 2016 Description / Buy
9 Knife Creek ( By: Paul Doiron) 2017 Description / Buy
10 Rabid (Short Story) ( By: Paul Doiron) 2018 Description / Buy
11 Stay Hidden ( By: Paul Doiron) 2018 Description / Buy
12 Backtrack (Short Story) ( By: Paul Doiron) 2019 Description / Buy
13 Almost Midnight ( By: Paul Doiron) 2019 Description / Buy
14 The Imposter (Short Story) ( By: Paul Doiron) 2020 Description / Buy
15 One Last Lie ( By: Paul Doiron) 2020 Description / Buy
16 The Caretaker ( By: Paul Doiron) 2021 Description / Buy
17 Dead by Dawn (By: Paul Doiron) 2021 Description / Buy
18 Skin and Bones (Short Story) (By: Paul Doiron) 2022 Description / Buy
19 Hatchet Island (By: Paul Doiron) 2022 Description / Buy
20 Snakebit (Short Story) (By: Paul Doiron) 2023 Description / Buy
21 Dead Man's Wake (By: Paul Doiron) 2023 Description / Buy
22 Pitch Dark (By: Paul Doiron) 2024 Description / Buy
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When readers meet Bowditch in The Poacher’s Son, the first novel, the 24-year-old is just trying to get by as a Game Warden in Maine.

Bowditch’s childhood was a horrible one. His parents divorced when he was nine, and Jack was the worst man a father could ever be. When he wasn’t indulging in all manner of vices, the fellow was all too eager to take his son along on his poaching trips.

It was only by sheer luck that Bowditch grew up to become a responsible, law-abiding citizen. The young man wanted nothing to do with his father. And for two years, the pair had respected one another’s boundaries.

So when Jack suddenly reached out, Bowditch was hesitant to reconnect. Things took an even more disturbing turn when the young man learned later on that his father had committed murder.

Jack was many things but Bowditch couldn’t bring himself to believe that the man would ever take a life. So, despite his better judgment, the protagonist put his mind to the task of solving the murder.

Bowditch believed that if he could find the real killer, the police would call off the manhunt and his father would live to see another sunrise. The hero had no idea that his actions would put his life and his career in jeopardy.

Even though many of the Mike Bowditch books can be read independently, one is better off starting the series from the very beginning. It is true that each installment has its own mystery that Bowditch must solve.

While a few supporting characters appear throughout the series, most mysteries are surrounded by an entirely new cast. That being said, the Mike Bowditch series tells Mike’s story.

The books are an exploration of his journey and character, and you cannot hope to appreciate the development he undergoes unless you read his stories in the order that the books were published.

Bowditch is a fascinating character. As a Game Warden, he is often drawn into cases whose crimes are perpetrated in the wood of Maine. In many situations, Bowditch is only ever called upon to act as a consultant.

Because he knows the wilderness of Maine, Bowditch’s experience often proves essential to the investigative efforts of the police. Things keep going wrong because the hero is always overstepping his boundaries.

He always looks deeper than the police permit, growing so entangled in each case and determining to solve each crime no matter the cost that he ends up stepping on all the wrong toes.

Bowditch also makes a lot of poor decision. But over time, he matures, learning to proceed more carefully.

Mike Bowditch Awards

The Poacher’s Son won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award. It also received an Edgar and Anthony Award nomination.

Best Mike Bowditch Books

These novels have been praised for the time they spend bringing the great outdoors to life and explaining the work of a Game Warden, with the best books in the series including:

Massacre Pond: Elizabeth Morse was buying up large parcels of land, determined to create a new park. And that made her quite unpopular among the people whose jobs would be lost as a result.

So when seven moose were butchered and left on her estate, Bowditch was called upon to investigate. At first, Bowditch thought he had a prank on his hands. But then a ruthless killer emerged and Bowditch realized that hunting him down would involve losing everything he loved.

The Bone Orchard: Mike Bowditch was done with investigative work. He had abandoned the Maine Warden Service. But then his mentor killed a troubled war veteran and the dead man’s friends took offense.

Now, Sgt. Kathy Frost has been shot and Bowditch will stop at nothing to find the person responsible.

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Another good read is the Elvis Cole Series by Robert Crais. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are private eyes working out of Hollywood. Their client list has more ordinary but desperate souls looking for a lucky break in a difficult town than it does celebrities.

What Is The Next Book in The Mike Bowditch Series?

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


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