I’m a huge fan of mysteries and the great outdoors, so it’s always good to find a combination of the two. Since I live in an area that is pretty much completely removed from true wilderness, escapist time via a good mystery novel set in the outdoors is a favorite for me. Even better is a series of novels that take place somewhere remote. I’ve recently been reading 2 series that fall neatly into this category, written very well and open a window to worlds I rarely see. Mike Bowditch (Paul Doiron’s protagonist) is the sometime-Maine Game Warden who, while wrestling with his past, his job, and his uneasy relationship with authority, finds time to entangle himself in hairy situations before using his wits and experience to solve the case. Cork O’Connor (William Kent Krueger’s hero) is also an off-and-on again law enforcer (sometimes as the sheriff, sometimes on his own as a private eye). Set in Minnesota (with an occasional foray into Michigan), Krueger adds Native American lore and culture to his mysteries set in a town that has an uneasy relationship between the natives and the descendants of european settlers. Both series are well-worth reading start to finish (Krueger is the more prolific of the two, so set aside plenty of time).
About the Author: Bestselling author Paul Doiron is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher’s Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist.
William Kent Krueger grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. A former logger, construction worker, freelance journalist, & researcher in childhood development, he is the author of two other acclaimed Cork O’Connor novels.
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