The Walker on the Cape

The Walker on the Cape

by Mike Martin

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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.

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BN ID: 2940015727500
Publisher:, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Series: Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 643,884
File size: 310 KB

About the Author

Mike Martin is a longtime freelance writer and his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada and in the United States and New Zealand. He has written a number of short stories that have been published in various publications. The Walker on the Cape is his first full fiction book.

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The Walker on the Cape 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks 10 months ago
A full-blooded Cree, Winston Windflower is not your everyday Mountie and he’s been posted in a small fishing village, Grand Bank, on the coast of Newfoundland, far from his reservation home in Northern Alberta. The fog and the unique personalities of the people here take some getting used to but Winston has begun to fit in quite nicely and has made some good friends including his sidekick, Constable Eddie Tizzard. Windflower believes Tizzard has earned a promotion to corporal and intends to recommend him to the higher echelons but, first, the duo has to cope with the suspicious death of Elias Martin, a man who was not well-liked. The sergeant’s supervising inspector doesn’t believe this is anything but a natural death but Winston and Eddie think otherwise so Winston makes a few endruns around his boss, with Tizzard watching out for him, to get to the truth. They do, in fact, find clues to follow in town and elsewhere and a plethora of suspects along with hints of corruption. Sgt. Windflower soon shows why certain higher-ups hold him in high regard as he doggedly works toward a resolution. Along the way, Windflower and a local lady, Sheila, are stepping out and enjoying the early joys of a relationship. We also are treated to some of his cultural background with customs he’s brought with him, such as smudging, and I hope to see more about that in the following books. I mentioned in my review of the seventh book — — that this series has a sort of feel-good vibe to it, a wholesomeness that makes everything about it very likeable, from the setting to the characters to the actual mystery and I still feel that way. Adding to the pleasure is Mr. Kearney’s narration with his authentic-seeming (to me, at least) Canadian intonations enhanced by the local fishing village accents although he didn’t really have a wide variety of voices, especially for women. I do hope Mr. Martin will continue—quickly!—to produce audio versions of the succeeding books; I’ll be standing in line for them
amybooksy 10 months ago
The Walker on the Cape is the first installment from Mike Martin’s series, Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Wow, what a great read! This little mystery kept me wondering and guessing of “who did it”? I did not find it predictable at all. Sgt Winston Windflower is quite the lawman and I enjoyed his story. Him and his side kick, Eddie Tizzard, were the perfect duo trying to solve the murder. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the scenes. You never knew what was going to happen next. Sheila was a perfect addition to the list of characters, as well. The Walker on the Cape is getting a well deserved five plus stars from me. I am looking forward to reading the other books from the Sgt Windflower Mystery Series in the near future. I loved how in the audio version, that the narrator Francis G. Kearney, did an excellent job bringing the fun and suspense to life. I received the audio version of this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
RCMP, law-enforcement, Canada, Newfoundland, murder-investigation, organized-crime, procedural, police-corruption ***** Excellent! Super mystery with lots of interesting characters and plot twists set in Newfoundland, CA. The main character is Sgt Windflower who originally hailed from Alberta, but has come to really enjoy the work and the people of the allegedly sleepy small town near the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first in series and sets the pace for the rest. I happened to start with number five so maybe I enjoyed this one a differently, but don't let that stop anyone else from beginning wherever they might. The publisher's blurb gives some good hints and there's no need for recap or spoilers. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
EPIC FINISH !!! The Walker on the Cape by Mike Martin is the first in his Sgt. Windflower Mystery series and it starts the series off epically !!! One of the things that I love about this book and this series is that it is set in Canada. It is always interesting to read stories set in other areas from your own so that you can learn about those areas as you read a good story. Even the simply differences like calling a police officer Constable and reading how everyone drinks tea instead of coffee are nice touches in a book. In the Walker on the Cape you meet Sergeant Winston Windflower who lives in a small community that is shook by the death of Elias Martin. Elias Martin is an elderly man who, since his wife's death, has kept to himself. When he is found on the Cape by two hikers, his death is ruled suspicious after the police find evidence at his residence. Who would want to kill Martin ? Windflower's investigation leads him to a very powerful and corrupt businessman, Harvey Brenton whose wife, Marge, was Martin's girlfriend many years ago. But when Brenton is shot to death and Marge and Martin's nephew, James both admit to the crime, Windflower has more questions than answers..... There are many characters and relationships that you will love to read about and follow in this series. I for one cannot wait to dig into the next book and ride along with Windflower.....
Margitte More than 1 year ago
In the quiet, laid-back fishing village of Grand Bank, southeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, a foggy morning becomes more than just another day when Mavis Emberley's soup burnt on the stove. "People along the coastline in Grand Bank could set their clocks by Elias Martin. Every morning, even when the fog floated in from Fortune, they saw his hunched figure climb and disappear in the mist that ran the shoreline like a rum runner. You could put a pot of soup on to boil when he set out and be sure that when he appeared again that the potatoes, carrots, and turnips would be soft and sweet. Mavis Emberley was one such soup-maker who relied on Elias Martin to set the pace for her weekly batch of pea soup. “There he goes,” she remarked to her husband, Francis, "Time to put the soup on”. An hour and a half later Francis Emberly muttered, “Something’s burning in that kitchen, maid.” Mrs. Emberly ran to the kitchen to turn off her black bottomed soup with a smattering of non-religious but surely immoral curses and immediately realized that something else was wrong besides her spoiled soup. Elias hadn't returned. "Or else I missed him," she decided." The point is: Seventy-two year old Elias Martin was dead. Two tourists found his body up on the hill. Heart attack, it was declared at first, and soon the town began to simmer with stories boiling over in Mug-Up Café, the restaurant of Sheila Hillier. Thirty-two year old Sergeant Winston Windflower, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a full-blooded Cree from the Pink Lake Reserve in Northern Alberta, thought Elias's death was suspect and he planned to get to the bottom of the simmering, boiling pot. For once there was more to work on than the petty crimes and motor accidents in the village. And as an incomer, he still had to prove himself after being there for only one year. But what to do when there were always secrets to protect in a small community like this? And then there was the Poison of Kings and the King of Poisons, and some rotten fish in Newfoundland, and cops with dirty hands in the chain of command ... files disappear, investigations are mysteriously stopped, the plot thickens! This is a skillful, interesting, relaxing, as well as an entertaining first novel by Mike Martin. The endearing characters soon become the reader's friends as well, and the Canadian cuisine makes a splashing entreé into the p(l)ot. Never a dull meal for those readers living outside of Newfoundland, Canada! As the first book in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the introduction to this fishing village is well-plotted and fast paced. It is not a mysterious read, but rather a day to day reflection on the inhabitants's lives as the plot unfolds in clear-cut prose. The presentation of Grand Bank and its inhabitants leaves the reader with just one mission, and that is to read the two other books as well. ' The Body On The T'    AND    ' Beneath the Surface'