Did a deer hunter kill this island woman?

It’s great to see that Maine novelist Paul Doiron has become nationally popular. Paul’s novels feature Maine game warden Mike Bowditch and his new novel, Stay Hidden, published by Minotaur books, is set on an isolated Maine island.

Having spent time on a few remote Maine islands, I can tell you that Paul really captured them. And I do need to warn you: have plenty of time when you start reading, because you won’t want to stop.

The novel is on sale starting July 3, so you can buy it and read it over the 4th of July.

I started the book on a Saturday and finished it on Sunday. I was trying to read while watching the final round of the US Open golf championship, but that didn’t work. I just could not tear myself out of the book to see what was happening on the TV screen. I heard later that the championship was an exciting finish. Well, so was the novel!

In this novel, the fogbound Maquoit Island is in turmoil after a visiting woman is shot and killed, presumably by a deer hunter. Warden Bowditch is sent out to investigate and gets stuck on the island, with no other law enforcement personnel to help him identify the killer.

The situation gets very complicated, after the dead woman’s sister arrives, but Bowditch digs in to find the killer, putting himself is very dangerous situations.

Having recently seen Paul Doiron and his wife on Monhegan Island, where Linda and I spent the last week of May birding, I have to say that Maquoit Island sure does – at least physically – look like Monhegan.

But thankfully, Monhegan is a very friendly place – and nothing like Maquoit!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.