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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 Maquo 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.


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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 Maquo 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.

30 review for Stay Hidden (Mike Bowditch #9)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Mike Bowditch has been newly appointed as Warden Investigator when the call comes in that a woman has been shot to death in a hunting "incident" on Marquoit Island off the coast of Maine. The dead woman is the controversial Author, Ariel Winters. She was believed to have been staying on the island to interview another controversial person on the island - a once Hollywood insider who now lives like a hermit with his sheep. Initially the case appears cut and dry. Apparently, a hunter mistook the w Mike Bowditch has been newly appointed as Warden Investigator when the call comes in that a woman has been shot to death in a hunting "incident" on Marquoit Island off the coast of Maine. The dead woman is the controversial Author, Ariel Winters. She was believed to have been staying on the island to interview another controversial person on the island - a once Hollywood insider who now lives like a hermit with his sheep. Initially the case appears cut and dry. Apparently, a hunter mistook the woman, who was hanging laundry, for a white-tailed deer. But later claims he did not shoot her. Ballistic testing shows he is telling the truth. So, if he didn't shoot the woman who did? To further complicate the investigation, Ariel Winters steps off a boat the next day and sends the entire island into shock. If Ariel Winters is alive, who is the dead woman? Not only is Ariel Winters alive, she is also determined to identify the shooter who killed "her". The island is a tight knit community of lobster fishermen and their families who take care of their own. They don't like outsiders poking into their business and aren't too friendly or forthcoming with information. Those in the community have lived there all their lives and have their own way of dealing with things. Bowditch holds his own even when there are those who questions his ability to solve this case. He is up against lies, secrets, deception, mistrust and that dang fog that lingers everywhere not to mention the ticks and overabundance of deer. This was a fast read for me. There is not a huge amount of action in this book but there is the quest to find the killer. This book is a quiet page turner. I had to keep reading to learn the how and why of this case. I had several theories along the way but ultimately it was Bowditch and not me who solved this case! The island is full of some interesting characters and I was intrigued by the creepy notes left for Bowditch by his "host/hotel" managers. This book is atmospheric, and I could almost see the fog hoovering and lingering over the coast and in the forest. It adds to the story and feeling of gloom on the island. It provides the perfect cover for those up to no good to hide and even possibly get away with murder. Well written and intriguing, stay hidden does not disappoint. This book is also #9 in the series but worked extremely well as a stand alone book for me. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Like the flick of a white-tailed deer, you may be in range of the receiving end of a bullet. Hunting season and all, you know..... Was it a careless accident of bad judgment and circumstances or was the unfortunate victim an actual victim? Mike Bowditch, newly sporting the credentials of Maine Warden Investigator, is called out to Maquoit Island off the coast of Maine. Maquoit is the foggiest place on the Atlantic seaboard with that same dense fog having a highly corrosive effect on both metal and Like the flick of a white-tailed deer, you may be in range of the receiving end of a bullet. Hunting season and all, you know..... Was it a careless accident of bad judgment and circumstances or was the unfortunate victim an actual victim? Mike Bowditch, newly sporting the credentials of Maine Warden Investigator, is called out to Maquoit Island off the coast of Maine. Maquoit is the foggiest place on the Atlantic seaboard with that same dense fog having a highly corrosive effect on both metal and on its people. Residents here are set in their ways with generations claiming the land and the sea air as their own. A young woman from Manhattan has rented a cabin during the off season to write about the local hermit, Blake Markman, who lives on Stormalong Island surrounded by his sheep and the wildness of his existence. But she doesn't get too far in her research when she is found dead while hanging up laundry on the back clothesline. Perhaps this woman will have her own story clipped to an endless line of events in the making. Bowditch flies to the island with Charlie Stevens, an ace Cessna pilot and friend. On board are Maine State Police investigator, Steven Klesko, and Warden Ronette Landry. Rutted roads and lack of transportation come into play. Stevens, Klesko, and Landry must get back to the mainland before a torrential rainstorm hits. Orders given, Bowditch is left to his own means on the island. Paul Doiron creates a far different and challenging setting for this ninth edition in the series. Bowditch is usually up to his elbows in the dense Maine woods surrounded by familiar landscape. This time Bowditch is shook out into very deep waters with commercial fisherman, stoggy residents, decrepit surroundings, the dark shade of drugs, and a few Neo-Nazis living on the edge in multiple ways. Oh, and did I mention a possible murder in the mix? Doiron is known for his snappy dialogue and cutting retorts. He does a stellar job of honing his characters in the light of island living. This is an upward battle for Bowditch as he meets head-on with the locals while trying to get a foothold in his ever-mounting investigation. Bowditch has a lot to prove here with his superiors breathing down his neck and the high threshold that he continuously sets out for himself. Smart, atmospheric, and an electrically charged zig zag of a storyline, Stay Hidden is another hit for the talented Paul Doiron. It can be read as a standalone as well. But you may just want to check out the beginning books of this series to see what all the buzz is about. Bravo, once again, to Paul Doiron. Can't wait for the next one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    STAY HIDDEN is the ninth book in the Mike Bowditch series and I was thrilled once again step into Mike's world. Now, I have only read two books previously in this series, but I enjoy this series very much. Especially since reading about a game warden is a bit different from the usual police or sheriff novels I usually read. READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Craig Sisterson

    Among a seemingly skyrocketing trend of domestic noir, unreliable narrators, and unlikable characters, Maine author Paul Doiron offers something rather timeless: an engaging series centred on an honourable and interesting detective operating in a distinct and well-evoked setting. STAY HIDDEN is the ninth Mike Bowditch mystery, and it sees the Maine game warden finding his feet in his new role of Warden Investigator. Doiron, who was a longtime magazine editor in Maine and is a keen outdoorsman (f Among a seemingly skyrocketing trend of domestic noir, unreliable narrators, and unlikable characters, Maine author Paul Doiron offers something rather timeless: an engaging series centred on an honourable and interesting detective operating in a distinct and well-evoked setting. STAY HIDDEN is the ninth Mike Bowditch mystery, and it sees the Maine game warden finding his feet in his new role of Warden Investigator. Doiron, who was a longtime magazine editor in Maine and is a keen outdoorsman (fisherman) himself, has a really great touch for the rural and wilderness setting of his home state. This is not your fictional Maine of Jessica Fletcher and Murder, She Wrote fame - it is wilder, grittier, filled with more struggle among some spectacular scenery. Bowditch is flown to remote Maquoit Island off the Maine coast following the fatal shooting of a controversial journalist during hunting season. He's still dealing with debris from a broken relationship, making the journey tougher given his ex's father is also on board. What Bowditch and his superiors first think is an open-and-shut hunting accident turns into anything but, especially when the purported culprit turns out to just be a witness. So a killer is still at large. Things get even more complicated when the dead woman later arrives on the island ferry, planning to interview a notorious hermit who fled his Hollywood lifestyle many years ago following his wife's suspicious death. So who pulled the trigger and killed the victim, and who was the victim? Hemmed in by feuding islanders and a building media furore - not to mention his bosses back on the mainland who are keen for a quick resolution that doesn't create too much hassle - Bowditch struggles to prove himself in his new role, stumbling through the fog, figuratively and literally. This is an intriguing and clever mystery that flows along wonderfully. Throughout the unfolding story, Doiron fashions a really exquisite portrait of isolated communities on the Atlantic seaboard, island towns full of lobstering families and traditions who face many challenges while leading a modern frontier lifestyle. You can feel the salt spray, the ruggedness of the landscapes and the people who populate them. Strong and nuanced characterisation blends with a striking sense of place. This is the first Mike Bowditch mystery I've read, but it certainly won't be the last. Doiron is a great storyteller, and this is astute and multifaceted crime writing. Recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    Oh my. Mike Bowditch seems finally to be coming into his own. I always forget how young he is. His life experience makes him seem so much older...not necessarily wiser. I really enjoy this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    The Real Book Spy

    Read this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.com In his latest adventure (the ninth of the series), Mike Bowditch adjusts to his new role as an investigator while trying to solve the most head-scratching murder case of his career. No longer a game warden, Bowditch recently accepted a job promotion to become Maine’s newest warden investigator. When readers catch back up with Mike, he’s got a lot more going on than just trying to get used to the shirt and tie his new gig requires him to wear on Read this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.com In his latest adventure (the ninth of the series), Mike Bowditch adjusts to his new role as an investigator while trying to solve the most head-scratching murder case of his career. No longer a game warden, Bowditch recently accepted a job promotion to become Maine’s newest warden investigator. When readers catch back up with Mike, he’s got a lot more going on than just trying to get used to the shirt and tie his new gig requires him to wear on a near-daily basis. Recently split from his longtime girlfriend, Stacey, he’s also adjusting to life as a bachelor. It’s only a few days into deer season, and there have already been several reported deaths. First, a grandfather tripped and accidentally shot his grandson in the head. Seeing what he’d done, the old man went into cardiac arrest, leaving the boy’s father alone in the woods and scrambling for help. With resources being poured into that investigation, Mike is assigned the other fatality, where a woman on Maquoit Island, located twenty miles off the coast of Mount Desert, was shot and killed while hanging her wet laundry on the line to dry. Before leading a small team of various members of local law enforcement to the island, Mike was told the case was a slam dunk. A man had apparently confessed to accidentally shooting the woman, whom he’d mistaken for a deer. But, as readers might expect, nothing goes according to plan. Taking a fifteen-minute plane ride in Charly Steven’s Cessna, which is awkward for Bowditch due to the fact that Charly is Stacy’s father and the two haven’t exactly been the best of friends since he split with his daughter. . . Continue reading: https://therealbookspy.com/2018/05/21...

  8. 5 out of 5

    J.R.

    Newly promoted to warden investigator, Mike Bowditch is sent to Maquoit, a remote Maine island, after a woman identified as a controversial journalist is shot and killed in what appears to be a hunting-related incident. Bowditch, who had been a game warden for six years, is a rookie investigator and is, understandably, nervous about this, his first hunting homicide. Adding to his distress is being flown to the island by Charley Stevens, his mentor and old friend from whom he's been estranged sinc Newly promoted to warden investigator, Mike Bowditch is sent to Maquoit, a remote Maine island, after a woman identified as a controversial journalist is shot and killed in what appears to be a hunting-related incident. Bowditch, who had been a game warden for six years, is a rookie investigator and is, understandably, nervous about this, his first hunting homicide. Adding to his distress is being flown to the island by Charley Stevens, his mentor and old friend from whom he's been estranged since breaking up with Charley's daughter. Ariel Evans, the supposed victim of the shooting, had written a book exposing neo-Nazis and had taken a cottage on the island in hope of interviewing for another book a hermit with his own mysterious background. Mike's first surprise on landing is that his impression the shooter had confessed is incorrect. The island's constable had misunderstood information provided in initial reports. A second surprise comes when the real Ariel Evans arrives and identifies the victim as her sister, Miranda, a woman with a history of alcohol and drug abuse. Rather than an unfortunate accident, it soon appears the shooting may have been intentional and Maquoit abounds in suspects. The close-knit islanders aren't inclined to give Mike much help and his digging into their secrets ruffles feathers and may be putting him and the real Ariel in danger. This is the ninth in the Bowditch series and, as usual, Doiron provides an intriguing selection of characters and sense of place. The fogbound island setting of this novel adds to the suspense and tension. If you like something a little different in your mysteries, you'll enjoy Stay Hidden as much as I did.

  9. 5 out of 5

    August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room

    Review: STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron (Mike Bowditch #9) Newly appointed as a Warden Investigator, Maine Game Warden is assigned to his first hunting death incident, on an isolated Atlantic island. Mike doesn't exactly acquit himself with glory, though in his defense, this is his first investigation and the islanders are both aloof and secretive. A vacationing woman is shot while hanging laundry, supposedly a hunting accident. Danger and revelation abound, but still Mike perseveres to ultimate discov Review: STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron (Mike Bowditch #9) Newly appointed as a Warden Investigator, Maine Game Warden is assigned to his first hunting death incident, on an isolated Atlantic island. Mike doesn't exactly acquit himself with glory, though in his defense, this is his first investigation and the islanders are both aloof and secretive. A vacationing woman is shot while hanging laundry, supposedly a hunting accident. Danger and revelation abound, but still Mike perseveres to ultimate discovery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Harvey

    Excellent new entry in this fine series featuring game warden (now promoted to warden investigator) Mike Bowditch. Author Doiron has added some great twists to this one. This is also different than the previous entries in that it is essentially a traditional "locked room" murder mystery. The "room" is a sparsely-populated island off the coast of Maine. All the residents are, by definition, suspects. Due to circumstances, Bowditch finds himself the lone investigator on the case and must solve it b Excellent new entry in this fine series featuring game warden (now promoted to warden investigator) Mike Bowditch. Author Doiron has added some great twists to this one. This is also different than the previous entries in that it is essentially a traditional "locked room" murder mystery. The "room" is a sparsely-populated island off the coast of Maine. All the residents are, by definition, suspects. Due to circumstances, Bowditch finds himself the lone investigator on the case and must solve it before assistance arrives...to be the hero or the goat. Mike digs in to learn the island's secrets. Doiron always writes well of the outdoor life; this one has wonderful descriptions of life on an island getting ready for winter lobstering season.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This is the ninth book in Doiron’s crime series featuring Maine former game warden and now newly promoted warden investigator Mike Bowditch. (In Maine, game wardens are full law-enforcement officers, with all the powers of state troopers: “They are the ‘off-road police.’” Warden investigators are “for all intents and purposes a plainclothes detective.”) Mike has been a game warden for six years but a warden investigator for only four months when he is assigned his first hunting homicide. The wom This is the ninth book in Doiron’s crime series featuring Maine former game warden and now newly promoted warden investigator Mike Bowditch. (In Maine, game wardens are full law-enforcement officers, with all the powers of state troopers: “They are the ‘off-road police.’” Warden investigators are “for all intents and purposes a plainclothes detective.”) Mike has been a game warden for six years but a warden investigator for only four months when he is assigned his first hunting homicide. The woman killed, Ariel Evans, 37, was a famous journalist from Manhattan renting a house on the [fictional] island of Maquoit off the coast of Maine, possibly to work on another exposé. Her previous book had been a best-selling exposé of neo-Nazis, of which there were a few in Maquoit. She was shot, allegedy mistaken for a deer. But as Mike explains: “. . . accident is not a term we use in the in the Maine Warden Service. Game wardens understand that even when guns misfire or bullets ricochet, when feet stumble or fingers slip, there is always a trail of causation you can follow that will lead you back to an act of culpable negligence.” Maquoit is accessible only by boat or plane, so Mike is flown over to the island by his old friend, Charley Stevens (a retired patrol warden who still volunteered the use of his plane when the other planes in the warden Aviation Division were otherwise engaged). It is a bit awkward; Mike and Charley have been estranged since Mike’s relationship with Charley’s daughter Stacey ended back in the summer, after Stacey left to start a new life in Florida. Mike was perhaps more upset by the loss of his friendship with Charley than about the end of his relationship with Stacey: “Nothing on earth could have made me sadder. Charley Stevens was the closest thing I had ever had to a real father.” Maquoit, with a population of eighty-nine people, is primarily a lobster fishing community. But as Charley points out: “All these old fishing outposts are dying off as the groundfish disappear and the oceans warm up. Lobsters are moving north in the Gulf of Maine. Give it a few years and Maquoit will go dead in the offseason, too.” Doiron routinely fills readers in on many details about the flora and fauna of Maine, incorporating a lot of background on Maine seamlessly into his stories. In this book he has Mike observe: “Lobsters are cannibals. Leave them together in a tank without rubber bands around their claws, and they will dismember and devour each other in short order. Drop a bunch of lobstermen together on an island - Maquoit, for instance, twenty miles off the Maine coast - and they begin to resemble the cold-blooded creatures they catch.” He heard from the residents that violent feuds occurred between the lobstermen. In addition, drug use was high in Maine’s fishing communities. To add to their troubles, the island was overrun by deer. As Stacey, a wildlife biologist, told Mike at one point, the prime carrying capacity for a place like the island would be ten deer per square mile. The current estimate for Maquoit, based on their most recent survey, was seventy deer per square mile. The deer on the island were starving, and most of them were infested with Lyme-disease-carrying ticks. But the islanders didn’t want to give them up or stop hunting them. When Ariel was found dead, no one confessed to the shooting, but in spite of the small population on the island, there were plenty of suspects. None of the townspeople wanted to talk however. Mike was an outsider. Plus, he could leave; the rest had to stay there. As Mike goes around questioning people, he uncovers more and more layers to the puzzle. Finally, as he gets too close to an answer, his own life is in danger. Evaluation: I always love learning more about Maine from Doiron’s books. This one has more character development than suspense, as opposed to previous books, but with no less enjoyment for the reader. I always look forward to more stories in the series. Rating: 3.5/5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    ARC/ Mystery: This book just came out so no spoilers here. This is book ninth book in the Mike Bowditch series and I got this from Amazon in lieu of an honest review. I originally turned it down, but I saw a positive review of it in the newspaper and thought I really needed to read a good who-done-it. First, let me say that I am bias to first person narrated novels where the protagonist(s) are isolated from the rest of the world; either in space, under water, the Upper P, or on an island. This ARC/ Mystery: This book just came out so no spoilers here. This is book ninth book in the Mike Bowditch series and I got this from Amazon in lieu of an honest review. I originally turned it down, but I saw a positive review of it in the newspaper and thought I really needed to read a good who-done-it. First, let me say that I am bias to first person narrated novels where the protagonist(s) are isolated from the rest of the world; either in space, under water, the Upper P, or on an island. This is an island book with the Maine island of Maquoit a fifteen minute flight to the mainland when it is sunny or completely isolated for days if the fog has rolls in. I really enjoyed the book at first, but when our hero Warden Mike’s partner leaves the island to testify at a trial and cannot return, I did not like it as much. Mike is all of 29 and does have a John Corey (Nelson DeMille’s best character) narration with humor. But Mike really needs to play that humor on someone else. Mike is too lone wolf in this case. I was really expecting Klesko to turn up sooner and banter between the two instead of Mike bantering with himself. I will say that I did not guess the murderer. I did not like the whole doppelgänger plot, but then again, I did. It was cliché at times, but then again, it did move the story along. There are neo-Nazis living on one side of the island, an ex-Hollywood mogul who is now a hermit, a cowardly constable, Boss Hog-like harbormaster, and lobstermen getting drunk until the catching season starts. I am recommending this book. It’s not terrific, but it did keep my interest.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sonica •TheReadingBeautyBlog

    Thank you St. Martins Press/Minotaur Books for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.  This title is set to hit shelves July 3. This was my first book by author, Paul Doiron, and my first true crime detective story.   It was a very slow burn  for me - but I guess that is how real-life crime investigations go.  I found the author took a little long on unveiling things and spent a lot of time on descriptions of the island and overall geography of the story's setting (which was pretty dar Thank you St. Martins Press/Minotaur Books for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.  This title is set to hit shelves July 3. This was my first book by author, Paul Doiron, and my first true crime detective story.   It was a very slow burn  for me - but I guess that is how real-life crime investigations go.  I found the author took a little long on unveiling things and spent a lot of time on descriptions of the island and overall geography of the story's setting (which was pretty darn creepy I must admit), but overall I thought it was well written, quick and easy to read.   I  enjoyed going through the motions of the investigation with Warden Investigator, Mike Bowditch, and experiencing the twists and turns that he faced with his long list of probable suspects.   The plot was well thought out, and although the ending was somewhat satisfying I expected a bit more punch. I think I have just been reading such fast-paced thrillers lately, I was expecting some of the same excitement.  Regardless, this one had my attention from cover to cover. The book is the ninth instalment in a series by the author, which I haven't read, and might explain my lack of appreciation for the details; but I didn't feel lost in any way with the characters given I didn't have the background from his previous books. A great mystery overall, and a great pick for true crime investigation lovers.  If you are a suspense thrill seeker, this may be a bit too slow for you but an enticing read nonetheless. My Rating: 3.5/5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    ok - there was so much I didn't like about this book...where to begin? Mike is an experienced game warden but has recently been promoted to investigator..and throughout the book he acted like he didn't know what he was doing; like he was someone completely new and out of the academy with no background. He is someone who has moved up the ladder - he has experience and training -instead we are subject to his self-doubt; to others wondering if he can handle the case - it was silly. The characters on ok - there was so much I didn't like about this book...where to begin? Mike is an experienced game warden but has recently been promoted to investigator..and throughout the book he acted like he didn't know what he was doing; like he was someone completely new and out of the academy with no background. He is someone who has moved up the ladder - he has experience and training -instead we are subject to his self-doubt; to others wondering if he can handle the case - it was silly. The characters on the island were so fake...like cardboard. The dialog was stilted and trite. The one character telling Mike at the end that she hopes his plane crashes...my god- what is she two years old? Most annoying though, was Ariel. Her faux-feminist dialog drove me up the the wall - and she was such an unpleasant person. I read the first Mike Bowditch book years ago - I can't remember anything about it - but I looked up my review and I liked it. I have not read any others in this series and I read a lot of mystery series and know that not every book in a series is a gem. This was is not a gem.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    #9 in the Mike Bowditch series. This 2018 entry by author Doiron brings with it a strong sense of place as Warden Bowditch, now Warden Investigator, used to the Maine wilderness must investigate the insular community on tiny Maquoit Island. He must investigate a homicide from a hunting incident and none of the natives want him on the island or will assist in his investigation. A fascinating read though the complex plot may not come to the desired result. Ariel Evans apparently took a house on Mai #9 in the Mike Bowditch series. This 2018 entry by author Doiron brings with it a strong sense of place as Warden Bowditch, now Warden Investigator, used to the Maine wilderness must investigate the insular community on tiny Maquoit Island. He must investigate a homicide from a hunting incident and none of the natives want him on the island or will assist in his investigation. A fascinating read though the complex plot may not come to the desired result. Ariel Evans apparently took a house on Maine's Maquoit Island as part of her preparation for her next book, about Blake Markman, a Hollywood producer who was suspected of murdering his wife, but who evaded criminal charges and now lives alone on a small island near Maquoit. Though the initial police report is that the victim, who was hanging up some laundry to dry, was mistaken for a deer by hunter Kenneth Crowley, newly promoted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch later learns that Crowley only found the body and never confessed to anything. That the dead woman was having an affair with one of the locals provides a possible murder motive, but the case takes a bizarre turn when a woman turns up claiming to be Ariel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    (3). I don't know what it is about park ranger sorts that make them such likely protagonists but it seems like we have plenty of them out there, male and female alike. Mike Bowditch is a very engaging one. I think I have read just one of the books in this series previously and when I saw the review of this one somewhere I reserved it at the library. This is a solid effort. Strong from the start, Bowditch is not a superhero or superbrain but a smart, introspective kind of guy. The layers peel bac (3). I don't know what it is about park ranger sorts that make them such likely protagonists but it seems like we have plenty of them out there, male and female alike. Mike Bowditch is a very engaging one. I think I have read just one of the books in this series previously and when I saw the review of this one somewhere I reserved it at the library. This is a solid effort. Strong from the start, Bowditch is not a superhero or superbrain but a smart, introspective kind of guy. The layers peel back nicely here and we certainly have a colorful cast of characters on this little Maine island where everything goes down. As is typical with these books, a tiny bit weak at the end but there is plenty of action along the way. A nice ride.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bowe

    A good story about a new game warden called to investigate an "accidental" hunting accident on a tiny island of the coast of Maine. The people of the island were very protective of each other (aside from a rivarly with a certain family).... Even to the point of covering up crimes and secrets. I felt bad for Mike and that the uslanders hated him at the end. I'll probably try more books by this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard J.

    Outstanding. Mike Bowditch continues to grow and the cases he must solve get twister. One of the best of the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jacki (Julia Flyte)

    I love this series and every year I wait eagerly for the next one. It's about Mike Bowditch, formerly a game warden in rural Maine, now recently promoted to Warden Investigator. He travels to Maquoit, a small island off the coast of Maine, to investigate a hunting incident in which a young woman has been shot and killed. However when he arrives he finds that the shooter has not come forward and there is a possibility that the shooting was not even accidental. Hindering his investigation are the p I love this series and every year I wait eagerly for the next one. It's about Mike Bowditch, formerly a game warden in rural Maine, now recently promoted to Warden Investigator. He travels to Maquoit, a small island off the coast of Maine, to investigate a hunting incident in which a young woman has been shot and killed. However when he arrives he finds that the shooter has not come forward and there is a possibility that the shooting was not even accidental. Hindering his investigation are the patchy communications on the island, the almost permanent fog and the locals who seem unwilling to co-operate. This series is a favourite of mine, but I have to say I think it's one of the weakest in the series. The characters seemed more like caricatures and Bowditch seemed to bumble around without any purpose. It seemed to drag a bit and then come together in an overly convenient way. Oh and the dust jacket carried a major spoiler. Boo hiss.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andy Plonka

    Once the confusion about one of the main character's death and subsequent r"resurrection" are resolved the story line is pretty straightforward but the descriptions of the island off the Maine coast as well as the permanent residents of the island provides some interest.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    9th in the series and it was a good suspense read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation in Stay Hidden, the intricately-plotted new thriller from Paul Doiron 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 soo I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation in Stay Hidden, the intricately-plotted new thriller from Paul Doiron 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 evidence proves he’s telling the truth. Bowditch begins to suspect the secretive community might be covering up the identity of whoever killed the woman, known as 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. Book nine is a series made me nervous abt reading this book as I was afraid that I would be lost without the background material about the character: luckily, it didn't really matter. A well-written mystery and a creepy setting made for a good read: I liked it but I didn't LOVE it --- I expected with a title like that that it would be ore gripping...

  23. 4 out of 5

    BookNerdsBrainDump

    Short Take: Wait, who was that guy? *Note - I received a free advance copy of this book to review.* Living on an island seems like it should have a lot of perks. I mean, you have 360 degrees of beach, right? Unfortunately, according to Stay Hidden, that’s about the only thing going for island living (at least islands off the coast of Maine), because it sure does seem to be pretty miserable for everyone. Newly minted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch is on his first case. A woman has been shot to de Short Take: Wait, who was that guy? *Note - I received a free advance copy of this book to review.* Living on an island seems like it should have a lot of perks. I mean, you have 360 degrees of beach, right? Unfortunately, according to Stay Hidden, that’s about the only thing going for island living (at least islands off the coast of Maine), because it sure does seem to be pretty miserable for everyone. Newly minted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch is on his first case. A woman has been shot to death outside her rented cabin on a small remote Maine island, and although it appears to be a simple hunting accident (excuse me, INCIDENT, this is Very Important and repeated many times), things quickly take a turn for the complicated. First off, when Mike takes the call, he gets the impression that someone has already confessed to the shooting, but of course that isn’t the case. Secondly, although the corpse is identified as super-famous journalist Ariel Evans, she turns up the next day, alive and well and ready to dig into another juicy story. It’s a very intriguing setup, but it just doesn’t work. I can’t exactly say that Stay Hidden was bad, but there were just so many things that could have made it better. For example, all of the descriptions of the book online state that Ariel is not the woman who was murdered, and to me, that would have much for a much better surprise-reveal. There’s also far too much of a lecturing tone to many passages. I’m sure that Mr. Doiron knows a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff, but long sections on minutiae of forensics, or what happens when deer are overpopulated, or meteorological trivia and so on just slow the pace. Throw in adding a new character or five every couple of pages, and my brain just wanted to quit. Which brings me to my biggest problem with this one - the massive cast of characters. The book takes place on an island with a population of eighty-nine, and I swear, over the course of a slim 300 pages, we are introduced to every one of them, and also given their relationships to everyone else on the island, which is especially fun when it’s a prominent family whose names all sound alike. I got tired of having to stop and try to remember or flip back to where I first encountered that character, to the point that I gave up and just trusted that whatever they were doing/saying in any given scene would be sufficient to jog my memory eventually. All in all, Stay Hidden is a serviceable, although somewhat dull and formulaic mystery. The Nerd’s Rating: TWO HAPPY NEURONS (and a nice venison steak. Because I live in an area where deer do a lot of damage, and screw those mangy jerks.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacque

    Stay Hidden is the ninth in the Mike Bowditch Mysteries and is entirely fresh and captivating. Mike is sent to investigate a hunting incident resulting in the death of a young woman on an isolated island. Was this a careless hunter or was the woman the intended target? Mike has recently become a Warden Investigator and this is his first case. He is sent to investigate what they believe to be an accidental shooting with a state trooper and a crime scene tech. Both of his companions must return to Stay Hidden is the ninth in the Mike Bowditch Mysteries and is entirely fresh and captivating. Mike is sent to investigate a hunting incident resulting in the death of a young woman on an isolated island. Was this a careless hunter or was the woman the intended target? Mike has recently become a Warden Investigator and this is his first case. He is sent to investigate what they believe to be an accidental shooting with a state trooper and a crime scene tech. Both of his companions must return to the mainland and he is left alone to investigate the incident which rapidly becomes more complicated, with mistaken identities, neo-Nazis, and a hermit. The descriptions of the area and the people draw you right into their world, and the reader begins to fit the pieces of the puzzle together right along with Mike Bowditch. You can read this as a stand-alone story, but I highly recommend reading the entire series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Nothing is better on a snowy Saturday then a good cup of coffee and the latest addition to the Mike Bowditch series. This time Mike finds himself on an isolated Maine island investigating his first case as a Warden Investigator. Fighting doubts about his own abilities Mike finds himself confronted by mistaken identity, Neo-nazis, a mysterious hermit, more twists and turns then a mountain road and or yes, fog. Lots of fog. An atmospheric thriller of the best kind. Mark this one down. Highly recom Nothing is better on a snowy Saturday then a good cup of coffee and the latest addition to the Mike Bowditch series. This time Mike finds himself on an isolated Maine island investigating his first case as a Warden Investigator. Fighting doubts about his own abilities Mike finds himself confronted by mistaken identity, Neo-nazis, a mysterious hermit, more twists and turns then a mountain road and or yes, fog. Lots of fog. An atmospheric thriller of the best kind. Mark this one down. Highly recommended!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    Shades of the 40’s movie-noir LAURA, Stay Hidden is a modern day who-dunnit from author Paul Doiron. Set on the isolated Maine island of Maquoit, where the residents are distrustful, set in their ways, and every single one is a suspect, STAY HIDDEN features Game Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch as the primary investigator of what every resident on the island says is a standard hunting accident, but proves to be something much more. Called to Maquoit after a woman is shot and killed during deer hu Shades of the 40’s movie-noir LAURA, Stay Hidden is a modern day who-dunnit from author Paul Doiron. Set on the isolated Maine island of Maquoit, where the residents are distrustful, set in their ways, and every single one is a suspect, STAY HIDDEN features Game Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch as the primary investigator of what every resident on the island says is a standard hunting accident, but proves to be something much more. Called to Maquoit after a woman is shot and killed during deer hunting season, the pieces of her death don’t add up to a simple accident. The woman, an investigative reported named Ariel Evans, was supposedly writing a new book, but Bowditch finds no computer in her rental house, or anything else depicting a writer’s life. What he does find are dozens of drawings of the island’s supposed hermit. It doesn’t take him long to discover that the murdered woman was a drug addict, having an illicit affair with one of the island residents, and that the population as a whole disliked her. They day after he arrives, a woman gets off the island ferry who is a dead ringer for the murdered woman, and this is why I likened the book to LAURA. This is the real Ariel Evans. The woman murdered was her sister, MIranda. Just like in that famous film-noir, the wrong woman was murdered. Or was she? Did someone kill Miranda thinking it was her famous sister because of a grudge against Ariel? Bowditch isn’t sure, but the more questions he asks of the island inhabitants, the more he is convinced Miranda was murdered intentionally. This was the first book I’ve read by Doiron. The character of Mike Bowditch is a recurring one, and although I haven’t read any of the previous in the series, there were enough crumbs of backstory built into this one that I felt as if I was caught up on the world the author has created. A little long on exposition and island descriptions for my taste ( But that’s me and nothing negative about the book itself) this story was face paced and intriguing. The ending was satisfying and well plotted out. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read an ARC of this work.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tracie Gutknecht

    I have never read anything by Paul Doiron before, but definitely will again. I enjoyed the character of Mike Bowditch and others in Stay Hidden and it worked okay as a stand-alone, but enough references to events that happened previously made me feel that I might have liked this book better if I had read some of the previous novels. Mike is a game warden investigator. He is new to this position and gets called to an outlying island off the coast of Maine because all of the other investigators hav I have never read anything by Paul Doiron before, but definitely will again. I enjoyed the character of Mike Bowditch and others in Stay Hidden and it worked okay as a stand-alone, but enough references to events that happened previously made me feel that I might have liked this book better if I had read some of the previous novels. Mike is a game warden investigator. He is new to this position and gets called to an outlying island off the coast of Maine because all of the other investigators have been called away. It appears that a famous author Ariel Winters has been shot by a hunter while hanging her laundry out to dry. Mike must determine if it truly is a hunting "incident" or something else. If it is anything other than a hunting related incident he is to hand the case over to the state police. He travels to the crime scene with several others from the state and what they think will be an open and shut case becomes more suspicious. The other "officers" must return that same day--one to get the dead body to the coroner, one because of court the next day, leaving Mike alone on the island. The tight-knit community of mostly lobstermen don't want to talk to Mike, they want to handle the issue themselves. Doiron gives us all kinds of intrigue--two fighting families, drugs, neo-Nazis, Lyme disease, a hermit on a nearby island with a questionable past and much more. It just didn't have the tension that you would expect from these circumstances. There is a large plot twist that wasn't all that surprising and the final reveal also wasn't very exciting, but the storyline kept me engaged and I read this in almost one sitting. I'll have to give another Mike Bowditch character book a try and see if all of Doiron's novels have a similar arc or if it was just this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. A small island off of Maine, a hunting incident, and plenty of secrets to go around. STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron definitely had me intrigued from the start. Doiron did an incredible job setting the scene of this small and isolated island – everything from the scenery, to the state of the animals, to the crime scene and overall feel of being trespassers. We follow Game Warden Mike Bowditch on his first major case. Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. A small island off of Maine, a hunting incident, and plenty of secrets to go around. STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron definitely had me intrigued from the start. Doiron did an incredible job setting the scene of this small and isolated island – everything from the scenery, to the state of the animals, to the crime scene and overall feel of being trespassers. We follow Game Warden Mike Bowditch on his first major case. Leaving Bangor to go to the small island of Maquoit to find out the truth about a hunting homicide. The locals are insisting this is nothing more than a hunting ACCIDENT. The Game Warden is determined to get to the bottom of it so he can get off the island as soon as he can. The victim was a renowned and controversial journalist, Ariel Evans. Things become more complicated when a woman gets off the Ferry claiming to be Ariel Evans. So, if she’s the real Ariel, then who is the woman that was killed? Why are all of the locals refusing to speak? What are they hiding? This was a great suspense/crime fiction novel. Despite being further into the series, I didn’t feel lost or like I was missing too much information to enjoy the book. I will definitely go back and read the rest of the series. I love the perspective from someone other than the immediate investigating detective – there’s a different feel for the book when it’s a lead character that isn’t just a police officer. Being in northern Minnesota, I have heard of hunting incidents like this where there are accidental shootings and, unfortunately, intentional shootings. So this was an interesting topic to see covered in a murder mystery! I give this 5/5 stars!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Hurley

    Thanks once again to NetGalley and the Publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review "Stay Hidden" but Paul Doiron. Mike Bowditch is back, and now he's been promoted to Warden Investigator. When the wardens are called to Maquoit Island - a remote, insular and forbidding little East Coast island to investigate an apparent Hunting Incident (not Accident, as is stressed over and over), Warden Investigator Bowditch finds himself fogged in and the only law enforcement presence on the Isl Thanks once again to NetGalley and the Publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review "Stay Hidden" but Paul Doiron. Mike Bowditch is back, and now he's been promoted to Warden Investigator. When the wardens are called to Maquoit Island - a remote, insular and forbidding little East Coast island to investigate an apparent Hunting Incident (not Accident, as is stressed over and over), Warden Investigator Bowditch finds himself fogged in and the only law enforcement presence on the Island (except for the local constable, who seems to be less than useless). It appears that a noted Journalist and Author - Ariel Evans - has been shot in the back yard of her rental; possibly by a hunter who mistook her for a deer (apparently, that happens a lot!). Ostensibly, Ms. Evans was on Maquoit to track down and interview a former Hollywood star-turned-hermit, who was accused but never convicted of his wife's murder. As the investigation begins - and is hampered by the entire population's reluctance to speak and everyone's supposed alibis - the ferry arrives; with Ariel Evans on board! Surprise! It was her almost identical sister Miranda, who had stolen Ariel''s identity and decided to wreak havoc on the island. This story has it all: infidelity, drugs, alcohol, unrequited love, Nazis, fishermen, strongmen..... Beset on all sides: by his bosses who don't think he's up to the task; by the Islanders who are downright hostile; by the victim's sister, who is single-minded in her pursuit of the killer, Warden Bowditch attempts to get to the truth of the matter (and eventually does). There's a nail-biter of a boat chase at the climax of the investigation, and the truth comes out. Recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Minotaur Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Stay Hidden. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. Newly promoted to the rank of Warden Investigator, Mike Bowditch is thrown into his first case when a woman is shot to death by a deer hunter. On a small island off the coast of Maine, where the deer outnumber the permanent residents, it is not outside of the realm of possibility that the woman was mistaken for a deer. Once Mike is brought Minotaur Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Stay Hidden. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. Newly promoted to the rank of Warden Investigator, Mike Bowditch is thrown into his first case when a woman is shot to death by a deer hunter. On a small island off the coast of Maine, where the deer outnumber the permanent residents, it is not outside of the realm of possibility that the woman was mistaken for a deer. Once Mike is brought up to speed by the local officials, however, his instincts tell him that there is more to the story than meets the eye. When the unexpected happens, will Mike be able to conclude his investigation and find out the truth? Stay Hidden is part of a series featuring main character Mike Bowditch. Although there is a small thread running throughout the novels that keep readers up to speed with his personal life, the books are more about the cases in which Mike finds himself involved than about his relationships. I mistakenly read Stay Hidden out of order, but I really did not feel like I missed all that much because the author gave what I assume is a recap. Mike's competency to do the job was more in question than it should be, which gave that aspect of the plot an unrealistic bent. Overall, I thought Stay Hidden was a fast paced thriller with a good main character. I would recommend the novel, as well as the series, to readers who enjoy mystery thrillers.

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