The rain was pouring down the day the mail carrier delivered the 12th book in the Sgt. Windflower mystery series by Mike Martin. A perfect day for the book to arrive.
I was eagerly awaiting the delivery of the latest book in this series. A rainy day and reading. Perfect.
There are now 12 books in this wonderful series set in Newfoundland and written by Canadian author Mike Martin.
Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from northern Alberta, was an RCMP officer stationed in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. I say was as in this book he has recently retired from the force and is working at updating and improving the bed and breakfast he owns with his wife Sheila in the hopes of having it open soon.
You will feel part of Winston and Sheila’s family as you read about the antics of Amelia Louise and Stella and then there is Eddie Tizzard, now married to Carrie with a little son Hughie, and the other characters in the books. And of course you will feel part of the company that gathers to share the good food.
A group of strangers gets stranded during a snow storm, and Winston agrees to open the B&B ahead of schedule to give them a place to stay. The book also shows how the town people all pull together in a crisis. Tizzard, now temporarily in charge of the RCMP detachment, is swamped by the storm, a death which leads to some smuggling, and a shortage of officers. Winston finds it hard to distance himself from the RCMP and when offered the chance of a special assignment he feels this is a way he can stay involved and help uncover a group of smugglers.
Saint Pierre, an island that is a French territory off the coast of Newfoundland, is the destination for a shopping trip for Sheila and some undercover work for Winston. Shady dealings on the ferry ride lead to investigations and arrest.
Rumours are spreading about the closure of the local RCMP office, which does not sit well with the town residents. Questions arise and the town is forced to look at alternative measures for policing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for your reading list. I prefer to read a series in order to become familiar with the characters and the settings. Any of the books can be read as a stand alone book. But once you read one, you will want to read all of them from the beginning. Thanks Mike for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I hope there is more coming in this series.
Sgt. Windflower Books:
- The Body on the T
- The Walker on the Cape
- Beneath the Surface
- A Twist of Fortune
- A Long Ways from Home
- A Tangled Web
- Darkest Before Dawn
- Fire Fog and Water
- A Perfect Storm
- Safe Harbour
- Buried Secrets
- Dangerous Waters
- All That Glitters