Hatchet Island; Paul Doiron
Macmillan Audio - 2022 - (9 hours - 1 minute)
(narrator - Henry Leyva - very good)
Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch and his biologist girlfriend Stacey Stevens have been planning a sea kayaking / camping trip to the Maine Seabird Initiative, a sanctuary to puffins and terns where Stacey had once previously been a project manager. She had received request from her friend Kendra Ballard asking her to come with Mike after the staff has faced some harassment from disgruntled lobstermen recently. Things seem to take a more sinister turn when the project manager goes missing and gunshots during the night lead to the deaths of (2) interns. Mike's job is to figure out what is going on and why a peaceful sanctuary has ended up a crime scene.
This is book #13 in the Mike Bowditch Maine Game Warden series but, this can easily be read as a standalone mystery. What I love about this series is that it's very easy to pick up any title in the series and not feel lost. The writing is always very good and the Maine setting, descriptiveness of the area, the people of Maine and all the little nuances that go along with each mystery just work so well and make me want to come back for more. In this case the peacefulness of the sanctuary for puffins and terns contrasted by the darker, sinister happenings gave the island an eerie feel. The mystery was well-paced, atmospheric and had murder and mayhem to boot; the story held my interest. I liked that it took place over just a couple of days as well. Bowditch fans and newcomers to the series alike should not be disappointed.
Rating - 4.5/5 stars
(NOTE: The audio download was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.)