Published by Minotaur Books on July 3rd 2018
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Mike Bowditch has been newly appointed as Warden Investigator when the call comes in that a woman has been shot to death in a hunting “incident” on Marquoit Island off the coast of Maine. The dead woman is the controversial Author, Ariel Winters. She was believed to have been staying on the island to interview another controversial person on the island – a once Hollywood insider who now lives like a hermit with his sheep. Initially the case appears cut and dry. Apparently, a hunter mistook the woman, who was hanging laundry, for a white-tailed deer. But later claims he did not shoot her. Ballistic testing shows he is telling the truth. So, if he didn’t shoot the woman who did?
To further complicate the investigation, Ariel Winters steps off a boat the next day and sends the entire island into shock. If Ariel Winters is alive, who is the dead woman? Not only is Ariel Winters alive, she is also determined to identify the shooter who killed “her”.
The island is a tight knit community of lobster fishermen and their families who take care of their own. They don’t like outsiders poking into their business and aren’t too friendly or forthcoming with information. Those in the community have lived there all their lives and have their own way of dealing with things.
Bowditch holds his own even when there are those who questions his ability to solve this case. He is up against lies, secrets, deception, mistrust and that dang fog that lingers everywhere not to mention the ticks and overabundance of deer.
This was a fast read for me. There is not a huge amount of action in this book but there is the quest to find the killer. This book is a quiet page turner. I had to keep reading to learn the how and why of this case. I had several theories along the way but ultimately it was Bowditch and not me who solved this case! The island is full of some interesting characters and I was intrigued by the creepy notes left for Bowditch by his “host/hotel” managers. This book is atmospheric, and I could almost see the fog hoovering and lingering over the coast and in the forest. It adds to the story and feeling of gloom on the island. It provides the perfect cover for those up to no good to hide and even possibly get away with murder.
Well written and intriguing, stay hidden does not disappoint. This book is also #9 in the series but worked extremely well as a stand alone book for me.
I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.