Book Review: ‘Almost Midnight’ Is The Next Mike Bowditch Mystery

by | Jun 25, 2019 | Books | 0 comments

Nothing I love better than continuing series with great characters. Now I have a new one to add to my list. Author Paul Doiron is back with his tenth novel featuring the character of Mike Bowditch, a Maine warden investigator. This time out he is trying to help his friend Billy Cronk, who is in jail, partly because of him. He is also trying to find out who tried to kill his wolf-hybrid Shadow, who he help raised for a bit.

Billy asks Mike to come see him in prison. He is concerned about a new female prison guard and wants Mike to investigate her. Mike says no he can’t do it and Billy gets pissed at him. Mike feels guilty for his part in Billy being in jail years ago but there’s only so much he can do for the man. He decides later to check her out. He then gets a call that Billy is in the hospital that something happened at the prison. He goes to the hospital and helps with the question of Billy and others.

While this is going on Mike gets a call that Shadow has been shot by an arrow and most likely won’t make it. He is at the vet, who is trying to save him. Mike decides to investigate who might be responsible for the attack on Shadow and leads him to some shady people and to a new Amish group who has settled in the area.

The two mysteries blend together by the end of the story and we find out who is responsible for what happened to Billy and Shadow (and it may cost Mike his life in the process).

This is my first time reading one of these Mike Bowditch novels and I really liked it. Mike is a great character and even though it is the tenth book in the series it read like a stand-alone. Author Paul Doiron gives enough backstory for the reader to understand what is going on.

You can pick up Almost Midnight in stores on Tuesday, July 2nd from Minotaur Books.