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Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series by Mike Martin #Book Tour

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The Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are a light mystery series set
in Newfoundland on the east coast
of Canada.
These cozy-like books follow the adventures of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree
from Northern Alberta as he finds a new life and new loves in the tiny village
of Grand Bank. There are crimes and mysteries for the Canadian Mountie to investigate
and solve but the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are more about family, friends,
good food and good times.
The recurring cast of characters include the love of his
life, Sheila Hillier who keeps him well-fed and grounded in reality. There’s
also his fellow Mounties like Corporal Eddie Tizzard and a long list of bad
actors, both local and just visiting, to cause havoc in their sleepy little
town. Windflower brings his native background and traditions with him and finds
ways to use them to help himself and his friends through difficult times.
Rounding out his life are his collie, Lady, who often has adventures of her own
and some new additions to his family that appear in the latest book, Darkest Before the Dawn.

The Walker
on the Cape (Book 1)

A man’s body is found on the Cape in a
small fishing community on the East Coast. At first everyone thinks it’s a
heart attack or stroke. But then it is discovered that he was poisoned. Who
would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Sergeant Winston Windflower of
the RCMP along with his trusted side-kick Eddie Tizzard. Along the way they
discover that there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and
powerful people who want to keep it that way.




Windflower also discovers two more things; a love of
living in a small community that is completely different from his up-bringing
in a remote Indian reserve and maybe the love of his life. He gets a taste of
East Coast food and hospitality as well as a sense of how crime and corruption
can linger beneath the surface or hide in the thick blanket of fog that
sometimes creeps in from the nearby
Atlantic Ocean.

The Body on the T (Book 2)

The Body on the T is the second book
in the Windflower mystery series and it follows up on the highly acclaimed
premiere, The Walker on the
Cape. The story begins when a body washes up on a beach near
Grand Bank,
Newfoundland. There is no identification on the body and few clues to
identify who the person was or where they came from. The case becomes the
responsibility of Sgt. Winston Windflower of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
and his trusted side-kick, Corporal Eddie Tizzard.
But this is just the beginning. There is also a
devastating accident on the highway and another suspicious death to deal with.
Throw in a rogue police officer and an international drug ring operating in the
waters off the coast and Windflower’s peaceful world is turned upside down.
This time Windflower’s adventures take him to the scenic town of
Burin
where Captain Cook once patrolled the waters looking for French mercenaries.
And to historic
St. John’s where he faces down an armed suspect on a parking
garage rooftop in the midst of a busy downtown evening.
Along the way Windflower also continues to enjoy the
food and home-style hospitality of this part of the world. Cod tongues, pan
seared scallops and even figgy duff become part of his diet, and his long list
of favourite foods. Windflower may be a long way from his Cree home in
Northern Alberta
but he has found a new place to love in the fog and mist of
Newfoundland.


Beneath the Surface (Book 3)

 

Sgt. Windflower is back and as usual
he’s loving life on the east coast. He may be a long way from his home in
Northern Alberta
but he has been adopted by the locals as almost one of their own. He has a good
life, good work with the RCMP, and a good woman that he has grown closer to in
his years on the southeast coast of
Newfoundland. But trouble is brewing just beneath the surface of this
calm and charm-filled existence.


It begins with the discovery of a dead girl’s body in St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. The girl is from Grand Bank where Windflower has been
stationed for the last few years. Sgt. Windflower and his associate Corporal
Eddie Tizzard are pulled further and further into the case. The situation also
grows to include a whole array of criminal activities from human trafficking
and even the Russian Mafia.


Along the way Windflower not only has to deal with this
crime wave operating all around the region, but with some challenges in his own
life. He has to go back to his Aboriginal roots to find the answers to some
very deep and disturbing questions. But nothing seems to bother his appetite
and joy for life, especially his appetite. He continues to sample traditional
Newfoundland dishes like fish and brewis but he also expands to include
pan-fried sea trout and baked salmon, along with a range of desserts from
blueberry buckle to his all-time favourite, peanut butter cheesecake.


His faith in the police force, that has become his
life, is also threatened by a series of events that he becomes aware of that
are certainly immoral if not even illegal. He is forced to face not only his
own personal demons but those in real life that are lurking all around us.
Sometime they are right in front of our face, but at other times they are
hiding deep beneath the surface, waiting to be resolved.

A Twist of Fortune (Book 4)

A Twist of Fortune is the fourth
book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series and it continues the adventures of
Sgt. Windflower as he tries to solve crime and experience the joy and the
sadness of life in a small maritime community. Follow along as he feels the
sometimes bitter taste of an east coast winter and the unique culinary delights
of this part of the world.

A Long Ways From Home (Book 5)

A weekend visit to picturesque Newfoundland by a large crew of outlaw bikers leaves behind another mess
for Sgt. Windflower to clean up. This time he’s facing violence, murder,
mystery and intrigue. This adventure has Windflower questioning everything he
thought he knew. There are troubles on the home front, cutbacks in the policing
budget, old friends leaving and new ones not quite here yet. Windflower is
seeking to find answers in territory that is both dangerous and unfamiliar.
This instalment in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series
has our hero dashing all over the beautiful little
island of Newfoundland. Along the way he never wavers in his pursuit of justice.
But he stills tries to find a way to enjoy the natural beauty that lays all
around him, and to bring out the best from everybody he meets.
A Long Ways from Home is about more than just homicides
or the dirty dealings of outlaw bikers. It is also about helping people and
communities face up to and overcome new and very difficult challenges.
Windflower relies on his friends and allies, including some four-legged ones,
to help him and them find the answers. He also discovers that we are never
really alone, even when we are a long ways from home.

A Tangled Web (Book 6)

Sgt. Windflower is back on the case
in Grand Bank. This time there’s a missing girl, trouble at the factory and
signs of danger everywhere. But there’s always good food, good friends and good
company to make life worthwhile. All the usual characters and a few new
suspects are back to help Windflower unravel the web of deceit and deception
that threatens the small community.

Darkest Before the Dawn (Book 7)

Darkest Before The Dawn is the
latest adventure in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the popular
Maritime tales about a Mountie who finds himself with a new family and a new
life in tiny Grand Bank,
Newfoundland. Ghosts, mysterious deaths, and a new, perplexing character
confront Windflower, Tizzard and the other police officers in Grand Bank as
they unearth secrets that have been lying hidden in the sleepy hamlet for
decades. A fast-moving mystery, Darkest Before The Dawn is also a story of
love, loss and learning how to grow old gracefully; a tale of family, community
and looking after each other, of not giving up hope, just before the dawn.

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Guest Post


In some ways it’s easy to write a series. You already have a frame in which to sketch your story. Usually, that means you have a general location or part of the country and you have a cadre of characters that accompany the main character on his or her journey. There’s a familiarity, a comfort in that. It makes both the writer, and hopefully the readers, want to come right in, sit in that nice, comfy chair and slide into the story.
I always have that feeling when I start a new Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Like I’m home. Then I start writing and all the characters come streaming into my head at once. It’s exhilarating and frightening at the same time as my brain tries to process both the story that is starting to unfold, and all of the voices of the characters who are asking for my attention. Sometimes it feels like the old woman in the shoe. So many characters, I really don’t know what to do. And mostly I just feel stressed and crazy.
That’s when I usually go for a walk. I need the exercise, but more importantly it clears my head so that I can see where all the pieces, and not just the dead bodies fit. The most important thing about a mystery, or any fiction writing, is the story, the plot. The walk helps quiet down the chorus in my head so I can at least keep the story straight. Once that is clear, at least to me, I can allow the character development to continue. But I’m still not running the show. The characters ‘speak’ to me and I try and fit them into the story at the appropriate time and place. It doesn’t always work, but that’s rule number one. The story comes first and the characters have to shut up long enough so that I can set the scene for them to work their magic.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the characters in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. They allow me to not just write a crime solving mystery story, but to have depth of emotion and feeling that makes it human, and I hope more interesting. I know that my readers feel the same way because they tell me that they get worried about Shelia and Windflower when I let him stray too far from his kind and open heart. Just to be clear again, I don’t steer Windflower, I just help point him in the right direction. More than a few of them have also threatened me with much verbal abuse if I ever decided to kill any of the main characters off.
But at the end of the day, the story is why readers come, why they stay and why they will almost always come back. That’s why the story has to always come first.
Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and
now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance
writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers,
magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and
New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web was released in 2017 and the newest book in the series is Darkest Before the Dawn.Website: www.sgtwindflowermysteries.comTwitter: @mike54martinFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/

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1 thought on “Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series by Mike Martin #Book Tour”

  1. Mysteries are my favorite. A little romance works too, but mysteries are my favorites.

    Have a fabulous day, Jody. Love you bunches. ♥

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