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The Bone Orchard: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries, 5) (edition 2015)

by Paul Doiron (Author)

Series: Mike Bowditch (5)

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"In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of 'suicide by cop,' he begins having second thoughts about his decision. Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier's platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the mysterious man responsible. To do so, the ex-warden must plunge into his friend's secret past--even as a beautiful woman from Mike's own past returns, throwing into jeopardy his tentative romance with wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens. As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is" --… (more)
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Title:The Bone Orchard: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries, 5)
Authors:Paul Doiron (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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This book shows growth in Mike. His friendships grow and his ability to do the job he loves does in turn. This is a great series to live vicariously through. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Mar 18, 2020 |
This was a fun murder/crime mystery. I like that it involved a different agency, game wardens in Maine rather than the police department, FBI or CIA. I also enjoyed the outdoorsy theme with all the references to birds and outdoorsmanship, and that the women in this novel were just about as capable of outdoor skills as the men. Many books I've encountered that involve outdoor skills treat female characters as if it is impossible for women to enjoy camping and fishing and spending time outdoors in wild places, but while it was not the focus, I got the impression that the female wardens were just as capable and interested as the main character, Mike, in this area. Thus, it was easier to relate to the story. The clues that lead to the culpret are presented gradually, in a way that allows the reader to figure out what is going on at around the same time as Mike works it out. I did find the resolution a bit too abrupt, with too little foreshadowing, and it was a bit hard to believe that Mike did work out what was going on when he did, as if the author gave his character some extra nudging to point him in the reight direction occasionally 'off-camera', but the result is still plausible and entertaining. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
Doiron is not afraid to take his characters in other directions as he moves Bowditch around the state. Bowditch quits and Frost is shot as his love attraction Stacey slowly thaws. Another great tour of the state I love following Bowditch come to grips w himself as he attempts to solve the shooting of a close friend and compatriot. A few more mispellings but am looking forward to the next one. ( )
  JBreedlove | Oct 4, 2017 |
Mike Bowditch may have left the Warden Service, but it hasn't left him. From his reaction to a couple of sports who think they're above the rules (Mike comes across them in his new life as a fishing guide) to his inability to keep his nose out of an imbroglio involving his former partner, Bowditch shows how easily he can revert to the talented yet unruly persona that kept him in so much hot water in his former law-enforcement life. He does try to control these impulses, but then his former partner is shot and all that goes out the window, it's game on. Things get exciting, as usual.

I've been a big fan since the first of Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch mysteries. They're consistently well made and engaging, and his depiction of Maine people and places rings wonderfully true. I never feel like he's wrestling the characters into some predetermined path, either. The Bone Orchard holds to this high standard, and has the added value of character refinement, as Doiron takes Bowditch in a new direction which might ultimately turn back on itself, but which provides plenty of opportunity for exploration before it does.
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  jimnicol | Feb 21, 2017 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home.
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When I think of Jimmy Gammon now, I remember the way he was before the war: a redhead, freckled-faced kid with a body like a greyhound, all arms and legs, with a jutting rib cage he'd gotten running up and down the hills of midcoast Maine.
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"In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of 'suicide by cop,' he begins having second thoughts about his decision. Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier's platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the mysterious man responsible. To do so, the ex-warden must plunge into his friend's secret past--even as a beautiful woman from Mike's own past returns, throwing into jeopardy his tentative romance with wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens. As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is" --

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