Stay Hidden – Paul Doiron

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Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

STAY HIDDEN – Paul Doiron (out now!)

This is book nine in the Mike Bowditch series – have no fear because it can definitely read fine as a standalone.

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

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!

 

What’s a crime series you enjoyed that doesn’t have a police officer as the narrator? A crime series featuring someone in a different field that allows you to see through the eyes a fresh perspective.

–Jess

 

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