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Christmas is coming early: New Sgt. Windflower Holiday Mystery is here

The new Sgt. Windflower Holiday Mystery is here

Christmas in Newfoundland — Memories and Mysteries Book 2: A Sgt. Windflower Holiday Mystery is now available on Amazon and will soon be available at bookstores everywhere. Book Launch announcement very soon. Stay tuned.

From the author of the Award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mysteries including Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries Book 1, comes another welcome addition to the Sgt. Windflower family of books.

Come sit by the fire of the woodstove in the kitchen and listen to stories of Christmas long ago in Grand Bank and Ramea and tales of great adventure and Christmas magic in St. John’s in the 1960s and onward. Have Christmas dinner with Sgt. Windflower and Sheila and their two little girls. Then wait and see if any special visitors show up to entertain them.

Sing along with the choir or have a drink with old friends to celebrate Tibb’s Eve. Follow along as Eddie Tizzard has a special mission in the middle of a snowstorm and Herb Stoodley becomes an unlikely Christmas hero.

Christmas in Newfoundland is always a time for good food, good friends, and good cheer. And there’s always another chair at the table.

What readers are saying about Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries:

For someone whose family hails from Newfoundland and have lived on The Rock for generations upon generations, this novel was so beautifully nostalgic that I found myself smiling throughout the entire time I was reading it. The work is wonderful, warm, and charming as we walk with the author down memory lane to simpler times in one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada. This is just one big warm hug that will bring back fond memories to every reader, regardless of where they hail from.”

“Christmas in Newfoundland can be read quickly or slowly but I highly recommend reading it and getting lost in the Christmas spirit. Mike Martin will have you reminiscing about some of your old family traditions and may even give you ideas of new things to try in your Christmas.”

Signed copies will be available soon at:

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, Toronto

Books on Beechwood, Ottawa

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Christmas in July??? Well, August

Christmas may be still a ways off, but we’re happy to announce that Christmas in Newfoundland 2: Memories and Mysteries will be coming in October, 2022. This new collection will feature all new stories from growing up in St. John’s all the ay around the island of Newfoundland.

Christmas in Newfoundland 2: Memories and Mysteries continues the stories of the magic of Christmas past and present. There are memories of a wide-eyed child in St. John’s in the 1960’s with sledding and skating and road hockey every day of a very long winter. There are also acts of kindness by almost complete strangers and a chance to share some of the joys of music in this magical season.

There are plenty of stories of mystery and intrigue and suspense from Windflower and the gang and we get to see Christmas through the eyes of his two little girls, Amelia Louise and Stella. As well as some special memories from Eddie Tizzard and his family. Even one from Herb Stoodley, Windflower’s best friend, who finds himself an unlikely Christmas hero on one snowy Christmas.

Come back to Christmas in St. John’s, Grand Bank and a special trip to Ramea, a long, long time ago. When some people hung their Christmas tree from the ceilings in their kitchen and mummers were a regular tradition. You might even learn a little about a special Newfoundland Christmas event, Tibb’s Eve, which always was an occasion for another celebration of Christmas. If you haven’t got the spirt of Christmas yet, this book will help get you started.

Stay tuned for more information, contests, giveaways and more.

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Dangerous Waters, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery is available for order online …. Early

The new Sgt. Windflower Mystery, Dangerous Waters is now available for order from Ottawa Press and Publishing and Amazon all over the world. See below for links. Print books are also on their way and will be in bookstores for the official launch on May 26.

That’s when we’ll be having a joint book launch with our friend, Mary Jane Maffini as part of the Maple Leaf Mystery Conference. Here’s a link to that event and you have to be registered for the Conference to attend:

We have our First Review of Dangerous Waters to share as well. A Five Star review on Goodreads.

“Another enjoyable read by Mike Martin with one of my favorite characters, Sgt. Winston Windflower. He is a kind, caring, exceptional person who puts others before himself and works tirelessly to solve another case for the RCMP.

The author has created a series that is warm and comforting with memorable characters who support Windflower. I feel as if I know Windflower well and am at home each time I read a new book in the series.

The place the stories are based in Grand Bank, Newfoundland is a harsh, cold and snowy area but at the same time depicted as a family-oriented place to live and bring up one’s children. It’s a place where the people are supportive and always lend a hand for those in need.

I enjoy not only the story line of each book but also the recipes that the author shares of the local fish and seafood. It all sounds wonderful to live in a place where you can get your meal fresh from the ocean.

I look forward to more books in this series and highly recommend this book and others by Mike Martin”

Here are your links to purchase Dangerous Waters online

Ottawa Press and Publishing


Signed copies of Dangerous Waters will be available after May 26 at:

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, Toronto

Books on Beechwood, Ottawa

Perfect Books, Ottawa

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New Sgt. Windflower Mystery is on the Way.

Dangerous Waters will be released on May 26 and we’re having a Virtual Book Launch as part of the Maple Leaf Mystery Conference.

Here’s the link to the event

Here’s a teaser:

Even as Windflower tries to move away from life as a Mountie, the lure of an investigation is too strong to resist. This time a series of missing men, one of whom turns up dead, gets his attention. Then some interesting foreign visitors show up in a snowstorm and another adventure begins to unfold.

There’s a trip to the special island of Saint Pierre just off the coast of Newfoundland and more than enough food to meet any appetite. Eddie Tizzard and the gang are back to help out where required and Sheila and Windflower’s little girls provide him with the support and love he needs to navigate some very dangerous waters.

Come back to Grand Bank and come close to the fire while we tell you another great story in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series.

In other Sgt. Windflower Mystery news…

A Long Ways from Home is the fifth audiobook released in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. It is available from Amazon all over the world

Dangerous Waters will soon be available from Amazon all over the world or directly from Ottawa Press and Publishing. Signed copies will be available after May 26 at:

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, Toronto

Books on Beechwood, Ottawa

Perfect Books, Ottawa

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New Audiobook from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries: A Long Ways from Home

Narrated once again by the great Frank Kearney, A Long Ways from Home, Book #5 in the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series 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.

Below is a retail sample. Come back and visit Grand Bank with Sgt. Windflower and all the gang. A welcome break from the troubles of the world:

A Long Ways from Home audiobook is available from Audible in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom


United States

Four other books in the series are also available in audiobook format. The Walker on the Cape, The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface and A Twist of Fortune are also available wherever audiobooks are sold.

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Maple Leaf Mystery Conference

You are all invited to attend Canada’s first Virtual Mystery Conference. With International Guest Ian Rankin and Canadian mystery superstars like Maureen Jennings of Murdoch Mysteries and Author Spotlights include sessions with Vicki Delany, Rick Mofina and Iona Whishaw.

The Conference takes place over 5 days May 24th-28th and will be virtual thrill for mystery lovers, with daily Author Spotlight sessions and panel discussions with renowned authors like Barbara Fradkin and yours truly, Mike Martin from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. There will be panels on Cozy, Humour, Thriller and more!

View any or all of our panels including It Really Happened, Cozy Corner, Thrilling and Chilling, Changing Faces in Crime/Mystery Writing, Love with a Murderous Twist, Deadly Laughter, The Big Short, Maple Leaf Murder East, Maple Leaf Murder West and New Voices in Canadian Mystery. At the Maple Leaf Mystery conference, there is something for everyone!

There will be an Online Bookstore hosted by Books & Nooks and guests who register before April 1st will receive a complimentary conference tote bag. Share your excitement by tagging #MapleLeafMurderConference and #MurderSheTote!

Tickets for the entire 5-day event can be purchased for just $25! Register today at

Visit for full conference details.

Happy New Year from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

To celebrate the new year we are having a giveaway. Share this post with your FB/ Twitter friends and become eligible to win one of 3 prizes. All mailed to a person or an address you choose. Could be you or whomever you like. You could win:

A signed copy of Buried Secrets, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery


A signed copy of Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries


A signed copy of the Le promeneur sur le cap. The French translation of Book 1 in the series, The Walker on the Cape.

You can find these books in paperback and Kindle on Amazon all over the world

Buried Secrets

Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries

Le promeneur sur le cap

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Sgt. Windflower en français

Sgt. Windflower Mysteries is pleased to announce the publication of Le promeneur sur le cap. It is the French translation of Book 1 in the series, The Walker on the Cape. J’espère que vous apprécierez le livre.

With an excellent translation by Sandra Ouellet this opens the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series to francophone readers in Canada and beyond.

We hope you enjoy the adventure. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez l’aventure

The Walker on the Cape is also available in Spanish as El caminante del cabo

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Update # 2 on the 9th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale.


We are getting there. Thanks to the generosity of Sgt. Windflower readers we are at $800. Only $200 left to meet our goal. Continuedthanks to those who made individual contributions to Minwaashin Lodge. You are helping to make Christmas happier for hundreds of families this year.

Just a reminder about Minwaashin Lodge.

Minwaashin Lodge is a healing centre in Ottawa that provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system.

The mission of Minwaashin Lodge is to provide wholistic programs and services for grandmothers, women, children and youth impacted by family violence and residential schooling. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values as part of the healing journey.

Here’s how you can still participate.

Make a Donation

I am making an upfront donation of $500.00 to Minwaashin Lodge. I know that this money will go to support First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children to have a good meal and presents from Santa under the tree on Christmas morning. If you want to make a donation please visit

Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

Make a Donation and Get a Free Book

If you make a donation, I will send you or a person of your choice a signed copy of Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries, absolutely free of charge. Simply send me an email or FB message or comment below with the details of where you would like the book to go. And I will pop it in the mail. It’s that simple.

Thank you for supporting the Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale and Minwaashin Lodge

Buy a Book

Of course, you can support Sgt. Windflower Mysteries by buying a book. This year the latest releases are Buried Secrets and Safe Harbour. They are available in local bookstores in Ottawa like Perfect Books and Books on Beechwood and worldwide through Amazon.

Thank you again for supporting the Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale and Minwaashin Lodge

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A Grand Bank Christmas

Sending best wishes for the happiest Christmas ever to friends of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries all over the world. A special Merry Christmas to my friends in Grand Bank and in my home town of St. John’s. Here is a story from Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries. It was told to me by two very special Grand Bankers. Great memories of Christmas past.

Merry Christmas from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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You can buy Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries in bookstores all over Canada. And online from Amazon