Author: Mike Martin
Narrator: Francis G. Kearney
Length: 5 hours and 50 minutes
Series: Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Book 1
Publisher: Mike Martin
Released: Mar. 18, 2019
Genre: Modern Detective
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 sidekick, 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 upbringing 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.
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.
Following college and many years as a local entertainer and actor I eventually entered the business world and a career of building and selling multiple successful enterprises.
In 1985 I purchased an aviation business and while building a very successful business also earned multiple movie credits as a helicopter camera ship pilot among other services, and flew the camera helicopter for London Weekend Television’s mini series “Piece of Cake” in 1988. I have an extensive aviation background from helicopters through turboprop and jet aircraft, and a deep knowledge of all things aviation.
I have always been an insatiable reader with a love of history – the ultimate story, and anything military – especially if it flies. My evolution into narration and the joy of storytelling is the culmination of many years of a life fully lived, and is reflected in a voice of experience.
Windflower settled into a small table near the counter, a great place to watch everyone who came and went, but more importantly the best location to gently eavesdrop on the hushed conversations that were happening in every corner of the café. They had all seen him come in, but he had learned that people’s basic need to gossip overcame almost all of their other emotions, especially if they have a juicy piece of news to share with their fellow gossip-mongers. Sheila had just brought his steaming mug of tea with an added twinkle when his cell phone rang. Every eye in the place turned on him at once as he asked the café owner if he could take the call in her small office at the back.
Having a tough guy that thinks he can get away with murder is frustrating, right?! Every good crime mystery has one. The same goes for the innocent bystander that gets accused first and the gossiper! Every good crime mystery has one of those too, even if the part is slight or insignificant compared to the entire story. Martin has some interesting twists that take the characters on a merry-go-round, circling back to through the same suspects, knowing that one of them has to be their person of interest, but everyone has a motive and intent to do it.
Sergeant Winston Windflower is the one in charge of the crime investigation of a local man, found dead on the Cape, from what is assumed to be from a fatal heart attack. According to the coroners report though, the man was poisoned. With a small community like this one, it shouldn’t be very hard to weed out what happened right?! Windflower and his team must follow the breadcrumbs to find out exactly who wanted him dead and why. With what seems to be, at first glance, an open and shut case–starts to turn into a more complex and inundated investigation when secrets about some of the residents start popping up left and right. These secrets may make or break the case, so Windflower has to be careful and quick with his arrest before another body is found dead.
Windflower has a basic crime fiction story with likable characters, but this audiobook somewhat feels very slow and may cause some readers to disengage or get bored easily. There is nothing that stands out about this story or separates it from the rest of the genre as a “must read”. The story appears to be well-written, with Kearney providing effortless narration; however, the accent is thick and may not be likable to readers either considering that his vocals do not match what is ideal of the main character. If you are a reader of crime fiction and murder mysteries, you may enjoy reading this story.
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to The Walker on the Cape by Mike Martin.
We’re thrilled to be talking to Sgt. Winston Windflower from Mike Martin’s The Walker on the Cape.
- Thank you for your interview, Sgt. Windflower. How old are you and what do you do for a living? Hi. I am an RCMP officer, a Canadian Mountie. I’m a Cree from Northern Alberta who is stationed in a small fishing community on the east coast of Canada, called Grand Bank.
- What would I love the most about you? I think you would love my honesty and basic decency. I try and treat everyone and everything with respect. Somebody once called me the ‘nicest Mountie’ in Canada.
- What makes you laugh out loud? Eddie Tizzard, my long-time friend and side-kick always makes me laugh. He has these funny sayings that all Newfoundlanders use that make no sense at all, and he is a true innocent in the world. That makes him a joy to be around. I smile every time I see him, and as soon as he opens his mouth, I almost always start laughing.
- What is your most treasured possession? My most treasured possession is an eagle feather than once belonged to my grandfather who was the chief of my nation. I use it to smudge in the morning. Smudging is part of my spiritual traditions. You light a bowl of sacred herbs and medicines and then use the feather to pass the smoke over your heart, your head and your body.
- Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? I think so. Sometimes he screws up and gets things a bit wrong, but then I give him a gentle nudge to help him get back on track. I wish he wouldn’t always be pointing out my faults, especially to the love of my life, my wife, Sheila Hillier. She loves that.
- What is your idea of a perfect day? A perfect day for me would be a run with Lady, my dog, in the morning. Then breakfast with my wife, Sheila, followed by an afternoon spent picking blueberries. I love the quiet, meditative act of picking berries. Plus, Sheila might make a blueberry buckle for dessert later. The perfect ending would be an evening in with Sheila and some special time together, if you know what I mean.
- What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?Bread, home-made or a fresh baquette. Cheese, several varieties including hard and soft and if they have it, a Stilton with mango pieces. I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. And some fresh fruit, whatever is in season is the best.
- Who is your best friend? I have three best friends. Eddie Tizzard who I describe above. My wife and confidant, Sheila Hillier who I trust with my life. And Lady, my collie who truly is this Mountie’s best friend.
- Do you have children? No. But we are expected our first child. My Auntie Marie says it’s a girl. And she should know because she is a dream weaver, someone who can interpret dreams. She and my Uncle Frank are teaching me how to do it as well.
- Do you like to cook? If so, what is your favorite thing to cook? I love to eat. But I also love to cook. My specialty since I came to Grand Bank is pan-fried cod with something called scrunchions. They are small pieces of fat-back pork that are fried to a crisp and sprinkled over the top of the perfectly browned cod fish. I’m hungry just thinking about it. Aren’t you?
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