A millionaire outsider has bought 100,00 acres of Maine woods with the hope of establishing a new National Park.The outsider, Betty Morse has made enemies of loggers, hunters and other locals whose lives will be affected by her plans. When several moose are found senselessly slaughtered on her land, game warden Mike Bowditch is called to the scene of the crime–the worst wildlife crime in Maine history. Due to past disagreements with his superiors, Bowditch has been exiled by the warden service to the remote eastern woods of Maine, and he is soon relegated to menial tasks in the investigation, even though he was first on the scene. When a murder takes place, Bowditch continues the investigation on his own. Massacre Pond is a riveting mystery, with memorable characters and an author who brings to life the Maine woods and scenery. This is the fourth book in the series featuring main character Mike Bowditch, beginning with The Poachers Son. Each entry in the series involves careful plotting, interesting characters and situations that illustrate the conflicts between development and preserving the environment. If you enjoy this series, you might enjoy C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series, about a game warden in Wyoming. Both series should be read in order–start Box’s series with Open Season.