“I liked this mystery set in rural Downeast Maine for its twists and turns, its realistic coverage of colorful backwoods characters, and its progress in developing the personality of its hero, game warden Mike Bowditch. Given the competition of so many great mystery writers, a three-star rating...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Interesting insight into the back roads of Maine with a real life game warden.”Tonye W wrote this review Sunday, May 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this mystery set in rural Downeast Maine for its twists and turns, its realistic coverage of colorful backwoods characters, and its progress in developing the personality of its hero, game warden Mike Bowditch. Given the competition of so many great mystery writers, a three-star rating would be fair, but I am biased as this third one in the series is set in my neighborhood, the low-income communities of Washington County in the eastern tip of Maine.
Bowditch is sent here from mid-coast Maine as punishment after getting too much in the middle of a murder case involving his estranged father. The community of hardscabble types obviously don’t like game wardens, so he easily makes a lot of enemies. He wastes no time in putting his nose in law enforcement business when he gets called out on a search and rescue situation in a blizzard and a man ends up dead from foul play. It looks like a drug deal gone bad. His growing friendship with gorgeous Jamie, the ex-girlfriend of the dead man and sister of a man seriously frostbitten in the event, leads Bowditch to secretly seek alternatives to the official explanation.
At every turn, winter in Downeast Maine rears its ugly head. The Oxycontin addiction problem had an epicenter here a decade ago along with Appalachian states. This book weaves these issues nicely into the tale. Doiron doesn’t totally besmirch the county as a backward, godforsaken wilderness. For example, he has the popular sheriff be an open lesbian, which isn’t far fetched from the tolerance I’ve experienced here. So if you want the flavor of the rural Maine environment with your escapist mystery reading, give this a try.
“This series is a lot like CJ Boxes except it is set in Maine. This is the second book that I have read in the series. I think that it has potential. I am enjoying the main character Mike Bowitch and the plot line. ”Jill wrote this review Sunday, November 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I chose “Bad Little Falls” by Paul Doiron in an effort to get cool. Sometime it gets up to 108 here in Texas. not so in Maine.
Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowdich, lives and works in the Washington County Maine, a county where unemployment, drugs and crime run rampant. There is a blizzard too. On the plus side Washington County is the wild blueberry capital of the world. When he interviewed someone who had been living out in the country, he asked them, “How long they had been living there?” “Too long” was the answer.
I had never read a Mike Bowdich mystery before. At first I was a little disappointed by the rough language and by Mike Bowdich himself. Mike had been sent to this remote area because of his previous lack of judgment in his job. He retained that lack and could not curb his impulsiveness in this story. I just got used to it. But what redeemed him was his crazy sense of humor and encyclopedic knowledge of the oddest and often useful things and his boundless empathy for others. He really grew on me. Another great feature of this story is that although it got extremely complex, it still was easy to follow.
The story opens with a frozen zebra. That’s right a zebra in Maine. Mike was after a game farm that sold the chance of shooting zebras and other exotic wildlife. When he paid his visit to the game farm, all sorts of mayhem broke out including murder and uncovering of a smuggling ring, and a romance.
Machias, Maine which translates into Bad Little Falls has one restaurant, a McDonalds so a lot of the talking occurs there. Also, it is used as the local senior center. Washington was just as much a character in this mystery as the others.
Now that I know more about Mike, I like him very much, he had a sorrowful childhood, and his judgment mistakes are his, not mine. Now you know what makes this mystery so special, Washington County, Maine and Game Warden Mike Bowdich, I hope that you will want to listen.
I highly recommend this audio book. The reader was Henry Leya and he was perfect for this story.
“Paul Doiron is an excellent writer who takes the reader right into the Maine setting he is writing about. The story is set in Washington County in Maine where Mike is helping a beautiful woman with a dark past and her troubled young son who is growing up in a broken home which is riddled with drug and alcohol abuse.
As Mike is deep in the middle of a murder investigation which happens during a severe snowstorm, Doiron's description of the storm makes you feel like you are also a victim of this extreme weather condition.
This is the third book in the Mike Bowditch series. I love reading about Mike and his flawed personality who continually grows in each book of the series. He is constantly searching for his soul mate but can't seem to get his act together. But these characteristics make him a very lovable game warden.
Read Bad Little Falls and you will not be disappointed. The book is a real page turner packed with adventure!”