Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair has arranged to get advance copies of my new novel three days before it is available anywhere else. If you're in Maine this weekend, stop in. You'll also have a chance to meet and get signed books from crime writers Tess Gerritsen, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Gerry Boyle, Kate Flora, Barbara Ross, Chris F. Holm, James Hayman, Al Lamanda, and many more.
There are good reviews and bad reviews, and then there are the reviews you hope for: the ones where the critic understands exactly what you were trying to do with a book and evaluates it on those terms. In today's "Maine Sunday Telegram," Frank O. Smith (who has been a perceptive reader of my novels from the first) conveys what I'd hope to achieve with The Bone Orchard :
The Bone Orchard is one of Doiron’s best stories, most skillfully plotted. It is also a slightly sly but satisfying retrospective of his earlier work, with Bowditch prompted at various points to reflect on his errant ways with women, family and colleagues.
The book’s climax and ending are especially satisfying. For those who have read all of Doiron’s novels, there’s pleasure in finding a particular story line that was introduced two books prior and toyed with in the last book finally come to fruition – almost. A thread of the story teasingly emerges in the last pages as something that will leave a Doiron fan eagerly awaiting his next book.
As I said, the review I'd hoped for.
A glowing review in the new issue of Booklist for my fifth novel:
Rule-breaker Mike Bowditch .... has left the Maine Warden Service to become an independent fishing guide. But when his mentor, Sergeant Kathy Frost, is shot by a sniper, Bowditch is drawn back into investigating like a moth to the flame. ....Massacre Pond is a tough act to follow, but Doiron avoids series stagnancy by placing Bowditch outside of the law- enforcement circle he once loved and treating readers to another round of top-notch outdoors-Maine description. Highly recommended for fans of C. J. Box and Craig Johnson.
Is it July 15 yet?