Thursday, July 29, 2021

Book Review - Dead By Dawn; Paul Doiron


TITLE/AUTHORDead By Dawn; Paul Doiron

PUBLISHER:   Macmillan Audio


GENRE: Fiction/ mystery

FORMAT: audio download LENGTH: 8 hours 44 min.

SOURCE:  NetGalley and Publisher / audio download

SETTING(s):  Maine

ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY:  A killer wants Maine Game Warden,  Mike Bowditch dead and soon he will be fighting to stay alive.  

BRIEF REVIEW:  This story starts out in high gear with Game Warden, Mike Bowditch and his half-wolf dog Shadow, crated in his truck, driving home on a frigid winter's night when large spiked jacks-shaped objects placed randomly in his path. This causes his tires to blow out and his truck careens into the frozen Androscoggin river below.  Will man and dog survive the icy plunge?  Who set him up and is someone waiting to attack as Mike tries to escape the vehicle and save himself and the dog?

In the other storyline of what happened earlier in the day we learn that Mike was asked to revisit the death of a wealthy professor by his difficult daughter-in-law. She believes her FIL's death was not accidental (death by drowning) as it was ruled. She claims that her late FIL been duck hunting on the Androscoggin river and supposedly fell out of his boat and drowned yet when he was found he did not have his life vest on. She claims that he would never have gone on a boat without a life vest. She further suspects a survivalist who was hunting with him that day had something to do with his death.  

The entire story is told over a 24 hour period and the writing is very good and engaging. I loved the 1st person POV and how the mystery played out. I also enjoyed how humor is peppered at appropriate times which was a nice touch.  This one is #12 of the Mike Bowditch, Game Warden series and unfortunately, I've only read a couple of other books in this series.  I definitely would have benefited by reading the previous installment involving the Dow family as there were references to people and events that were foreign to me.  I don't recall feeling that way with the other 2 series books I read previously.  I do now want to go back and read all of the ones I've missed - the writing is well worth it and the characters well-crafted.

RATING:  4/5

Thanks go to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for access to this audio book in exchange for my unbiased review. The audiobook was read by Henry Leyva did a very good job.


  1. I like the sounds of that one too!

  2. Mike Bowditch is a great character so it makes me want to read more of the ones I missed and the Maine setting is awesome as well.

  3. I was not familiar with this series, so thank you for introducing me.

  4. I really want to read this one! It sounds amazing. But I'm glad to know I might want to read the previous book first. Thanks. :)

  5. I'm one of those readers who feels the need to read series in order so I don't know about reading this even though it does sound good.

  6. I don't know this author or this series, but it sounds like something I would enjoy so thank you for the introduction.

  7. Sounds like there's a lot of great action with this one! I feel like I've heard of his books before just haven't had a chance to check them out yet.


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