cover image Dead by Dawn

Dead by Dawn

Paul Doiron. Minotaur, $27.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-23510-7

At the start of Edgar finalist Doiron’s nail-biting 12th mystery featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch (after 2020’s One Last Lie), Bowditch runs his Jeep off the road into the icy Androscoggin River after his tires are shredded by metal spikes intentionally left in the road. The game warden escapes from his submerged vehicle, but he risks hypothermia. Flash back to earlier that morning. Mariëtte Chamberlain asks Bowditch, who has a reputation for solving cold cases, to reinvestigate her father-in-law’s death. Four years earlier, professor Eben Chamberlain, formerly of the British foreign service, was duck hunting on the Androscoggin when he apparently fell out of his boat and drowned. Since Chamberlain, according to Mariëtte, never would have taken off his life vest, she suspects foul play. Bowditch agrees to do a little digging and is soon headed for trouble. Doiron builds tension by alternating between his lead’s battle to survive and the inquiry into Chamberlain’s death, which he effectively doles out in small segments. This entry stands as the best yet in a superior series. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary. (June)