As most regular visitors to this site know, I recently published the third novel in my Mike Bowditch series of Maine mysteries. This was the final book in the three-book contract I signed back in 2008—has it really been that long?—when my agent sold The Poacher’s Son to Minotaur Books. People have been asking me whether Bad Little Falls would be the last Mike Bowditch book. I’ve hemmed and hawed, but now I can come right out and answer.
I have just signed a new contract with Minotaur for two more Bowditch books. The next novel in the series, tentatively titled Massacre Pond, is scheduled for publication next summer. I’m writing it now so a lot will change—but I can share a couple of plot points. The first is that the story is set in the month of October during the moose hunt. The second concerns the title, which refers to a real place.
Massacre Pond is a brackish marsh pond adjacent to Scarborough Beach. In 1703 a Native American war party killed settler Richard Hunnewell and eighteen other men. When I was a kid in Scarborough, the story we used to whisper was that the Indians had dropped the bodies in the pond, but I am not sure where that macabre twist came from. It seemed fun to think the pond was haunted by the ghosts of the murdered men.
I won’t give away how Massacre Pond figures into Mike’s story, but I promise it’ll be worth finding out. Now all I have to do is finish writing the book….