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An Award, An Audiobook and New Books from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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An Award, An Audiobook and New Books from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries.  The big news is that on May 24 Darkest Before the Dawn won the Bony Blithe Award for the best light mystery of the year. There’s also a new audiobook and new Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on the way!!

Darkest Before the Dawn wins the Bony Blithe Award

We are still pretty pumped about Darkest Before the Dawn winning the Bony Blithe Award as the best light mystery as the best light mystery of the year. As I said before, I was more than a little surprised to win. Mostly because of the competition. Alan Bradley who writes the fabulous Flavia DeLuce series with a precocious and adorable 12-year-old female sleuth and fun-loving troublemaker. Vicki Delany who is uber-famous as the author of 34 books and is currently writing three mystery series. Elizabeth Duncan who is a two-time winner of this award and who writes the coziest of mysteries set in Wales. Plus, a brand-new crackerjack author in Auralee Wallace who is destined to win many awards before too long.

Here is a link to my previous blog post on this and a new picture of the Bony Blithe plaque that was presented along with a cheque for $1,000. The money is long gone, but this will live on forever.

https://elizabethspanncraig.com/uncategorized/it-takes-a-community-to-win-an-award/

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The Body on the T Audiobook

We are now in production for the audiobook version of The Body on the T. This is the second book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series and once again it is being narrated by Frank Kearney. Frank and I met through an audition he submitted to Audible when we were producing The Walker on the Cape audiobook. He nailed the accent first time. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising since while he now lives in North Carolina he was born and raised in Newfoundland.

The Body on the T audiobook will be released in early July.

Memories and Mysteries, A Windflower Christmas

Memories and Mysteries, A Windflower Christmas is a collection of short stories that will be released in September of this year. It starts with stories that were told to me about Christmas in a long-ago Grand Bank, where gifts were few and love was plenty. Days when the snow and a home-made sled was the entertainment and nights were filled with kerosene lamps and laughter. And the 12 days of Christmas were a time for family, friends and roving bands of mummers.

There are also stories from the streets of St. John’s in the 1960’s when Water Street was the only place to shop and stores like Ayres and Bowrings and the Arcade held a young child in rapture with the toys in the windows and the Christmas music blaring everywhere. When a live turkey and a boy with a giant bell called shoppers to the Mount Cashel Raffle and nights were spent on a hot, sticky bus to see the wondrous lights all over town.

The mysteries came much later but just like me, all of the characters in the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries loved Christmas and the enduring traditions of caring and sharing that they found in Grand Bank. Windflower, Sheila and Eddie Tizzard all had new adventures across Christmas time each year and they found their way into trouble and back out again. Always in time to enjoy the most magical time of the year.

These stories started as a way to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends. Now I will be offering them to you and yours. Look for it this fall and especially for Christmas.

New Windflower book this fall

Yes, there will be another Sgt. Windflower mystery. Coming this October, Fire, Fog and Water (title may change) continues the adventures of Windflower and the Grand Bank gang. There are changes and challenges, especially for Corporal Eddie Tizzard, but there are also some great meals and good friends to help make life more enjoyable. While you are waiting here’s where you can still get Darkest Before the Dawn

Darkest Before the Dawn is available in many bookstores across Canada including Chapters/Indigo and many independent stores.

Amazon:

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Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/darkest-before-the-dawn/9781988437132-item.html?ikwid=DARKEST+BEFORE+THE+dAWN&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

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Very Exciting News: Audiobook and More

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Lots of exciting things happening at Sgt. Windflower Mysteries including a new Audiobook version of The Walker on the Cape. Plus a new Windflower mystery is brewing, a special project is underway and more Book Events.

Audiobook The Walker on the Cape

In the final stages and soon to released is an audiobook version of the first book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, The Walker on the Cape. Narrated by Frank Kearney, here is a sample. Let us know what you think.

Book 8 in Progress

Book 8 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series is well underway. Up to Chapter 42 right now. Should have a first draft ready for beta readers in the Spring. It will be published in the early Fall by Ottawa Press and Publishing.

Special Project Coming Soon

We also wanted to tell you about another project that will soon be moving into production.  For the last number of years I have been writing Christmas stories for family and friends. We’ve put those into a special collection that is tentatively titled Christmas in Newfoundland: Stories, Scenes and Memories. It features stories from my childhood in St, John’s as well as a series of new stories based on Windflower, Tizzard and the crowd in Grand Bank. More info coming soon…

Book Events

Kingston April 13

I will be in Kingston, Ontario at the brand-new Indigo store on Saturday April 13 from 12-2 p.m. More details to follow.

Belleville May 4

I will be in Belleville Chapters too, From 2-4 pm Saturday May 4

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Darkest Before the Dawn.

Darkest Before the Dawn is available in many bookstores across Canada including Chapters/Indigo and many independent stores.

 

Amazon:

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Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/darkest-before-the-dawn/9781988437132-item.html?ikwid=DARKEST+BEFORE+THE+dAWN&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

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Holiday Sale Update Last Chance to Win A Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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Donate, Buy a Book, Like or Share to Win a Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

The 6th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale is going great. We’ve already donated $500 to the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa and more book sales are coming in every day.

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.

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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 participate.

Make a Donation

Make a direct donation Minwaashin Lodge. All your donations 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 http://www.minlodge.com

Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

Enter the Contest to Win a Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

If you like or share this post on Facebook, your name will be automatically entered into a contest for a full set of all 7 Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. Sent to you or anyone you would like anywhere in the world. Contest runs until December 15, 2018.

Buy a Book

I will also be donating $5.00 for every copy of Darkest Before the Dawn that is sold in December either in print or online. Final tally will not be available until after Christmas, but that will be another contribution that you can help support to Minwaashin Lodge.

For more information about Minwaashin Lodge and to make your own donation please visit:

http://www.minlodge.com

Here’s where you can get Darkest Before the Dawn

Darkest Before the Dawn is available in many bookstores across Canada including Chapters/Indigo and many independent stores.

 

Amazon:

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Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/darkest-before-the-dawn/9781988437132-item.html?ikwid=DARKEST+BEFORE+THE+dAWN&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

 

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

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Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale

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It’s time for the 6th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale. For the last five years I have been donating most of the profits from the December book sales to a worthy community cause. It’s a great way for me to give back a little to people and organizations who need so much, especially this time of year. In the last five years we have been able to donate over $3,000.00 to community groups who really need our support. We will be doing things a little different this year, so check out the information below as to how you can participate and help this great cause.

This year our chosen organization will again be the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa. 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.

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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 participate.

Make a Donation

I am be 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 http://www.minlodge.com

Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

Enter the Contest to Win a Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

If you like or share this post, your name will be automatically entered into a contest for a full set of all 7 Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. Sent to you or anyone you would like anywhere in the world. Contest runs until December 15, 2018.

Buy a Book

I will also be donating $5.00 for every copy of Darkest Before the Dawn that is sold in December either in print or online. Final tally will not be available until after Christmas, but that will be another contribution that you can help support to Minwaashin Lodge.

For more information about Minwaashin Lodge and to make your own donation please visit:

http://www.minlodge.com

Here’s where you can get Darkest Before the Dawn

Darkest Before the Dawn is available in many bookstores across Canada including Chapters/Indigo and many independent stores.

 

Amazon:

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Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/darkest-before-the-dawn/9781988437132-item.html?ikwid=DARKEST+BEFORE+THE+dAWN&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

 

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

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

 

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Reviews of Darkest Before the Dawn are Coming In: And People Love It!!

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Online Book Review 4 out of 4 Stars

“Really, what’s not to love? Style, check. Grammar, check. Plot, check. Character development, double check. I rate Darkest Before the Dawn 4 out of 4 stars. If you enjoy good murder mysteries and thrillers, you should read this book”

https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=85417#p1015787

First Review on Amazon.com Great Setting, Lovely Characters, Topical Plot

“To me, this series is truly cozy – the crimes are realistic, but not excessively detailed; there’s an interesting central character (a Cree Indian Mountie), a great location (Newfoundland, Canada), a small-town setting; snappy dialogue; richly-detailed and dimensional secondary characters; intriguing plots; a love of food; and a good dog. That hits all the points on my cozy list.”

Denise Z.

https://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Before-Dawn-Windflower-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07HRTTMLY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

First NetGalley Review  Like Taking a Leisurely Holiday

“It was just such a pleasure to read this book; pleasant, like taking a leisurely holiday away from my usual detective thrillers, intriguing, well-written and relaxing.  I finished this book with the sense that the mystery storyline was actually secondary to the story of Sgt. Windflower, his family, friends and colleagues, and the intertwining of their lives in a small Newfoundland community – punctuated by the odd murder or two.”

Hazel M.

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/148551

Coming in the November issue of Midwest Book Review 

“The story line is as rooted in home life and community plans as it is in murder and motive. Readers interested in a small-town setting and a whodunit that is satisfyingly complex and thought-provoking will find Darkest Before the Dawn excels at creating a realistic atmosphere that keeps the story fast-paced and involving.”

Darkest Before the Dawn is highly recommended for murder mystery readers who like their stories as filled with life as with death.”

Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Amazon

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Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/darkest-before-the-dawn/9781988437132-item.html?ikwid=DARKEST+BEFORE+THE+dAWN&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41718388-darkest-before-the-dawn

 

Facebook

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New Sgt. Windflower Mystery is Ready for Pre-Order from Chapters/Indigo

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Darkest Before the Dawn is Now Available for Pre-Order from Chapters Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/darkest-before-the-dawn/9781988437132-item.html?ikwid=DARKEST+BEFORE+THE+dAWN&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Darkest Before the Dawn is the latest adventure of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Mountie who finds himself surrounded by a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. There are signs of trouble that may disturb his pleasant life, including a series of unsolved break-ins and the lack of supports for young people in the most trying time of their lives. But there are always good friends, good food and the sense that if we all pull together, we can find a way to get through even the darkest days.

Ghosts, mysterious deaths, and a new character enliven the pages as Windflower and Tizzard and the other police officers awaken the secrets that have been lying dormant in this sleepy little town. The deeper they dig the more they find as the criminals they seek dive deeper behind the curtains of anonymity and technology. But more than anything, this is a story of love and loss, of growing up and learning how to grow old gracefully. It is also about family and community and looking after each other. Of not giving up hope just before the dawn.

 

Book Launch in Ottawa Oct 4, 2018

Come join us at the best little bookstore in Ottawa, Books on Beechwood (Beechwood and McKay) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday October 4, 2018 for the launch of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery, Darkest Before the Dawn.

There will be cake!!!

News from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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Book Signing Feb 17 in Ottawa, Goodreads Giveaway and More Great Reviews for A Tangled Web

Book Signing Feb 17 11-2 pm Coles Carlingwood in Ottawa

I will be at Coles Carlingwood on Saturday February 17 from 11-2 pm. A little late for Valentines, but not too late to show some love for Sgt, Windflower. And to get a signed copy of A Tangled Web.

Goodreads Giveaway

Another fabulous opportunity to get a signed and free copy of A Tangled Web, the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Two copies available. But only open to residents of the U.S. Dang those Goodreads Giveaway rules.!! Contest runs from Feb 1 to Feb 20, 2018.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/276281-a-tangled-web-sgt-windflower-mystery-6

More Great Reviews

Two more great reviews for A Tangled Web. One from The Telegram newspaper by well-known Canadian review, Joan Sullivan.

She says:

““A Tangled Web” reunites readers with Windflower’s colleagues and friends, like Betsy Molloy, Eddie Tizzard, and Dr. Sanjay. Windflower walks the trails beside the hospital, holds press conferences at the Lion’s Club, and meets for lunches at The Mug-Up. Martin keeps his emphasis on descriptive local settings and amicable characters as the police procedure and criminal action unfolds”

http://www.thetelegram.com/living/joan-sullivan-mysteries-real-and-imagined-176719/

And another from Margy Meanders from Powell River Books

Margy says;

“The author could have chosen any locale in which to set his story, but the Newfoundland setting is a perfect match. Mike’s writing style gave me a strong mental picture of the people and places. I was able to relate personally. Even if you’ve never been to Newfoundland, the plot and characters will make you feel right at home.”

 

https://margylutz.blogspot.ca/2017/12/a-tangled-web-by-mike-martin.html?showComment=1517187615796#c1396983395598104808

 

Thank you for your support of the Windflower Holiday Book Sale

In case you missed it, this year’s edition of the Windflower Holiday Book Sale raised $600 for the Minwaashin Lodge-Indigenous Women’s Support Centre in Ottawa. If you still want to donate they could use the money all year round to provide 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.

For more information about Minwaashin Lodge-Indigenous Women’s Support Centre and to make your own donation please visit:

http://www.minlodge.com

Thank you for supporting Minwaashin Lodge– Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre

 

Where to Buy A Tangled Web

 

A Tangled Web is now available at many fine retail locations across Canada. It will soon be available in many more Chapters/Coles/Indigo stores. We’ll try to keep you updated. In the meantime, here are some of our favourite retail locations and below is the list of online retailers where you can order A Tangled Web at any time.

(If your local store doesn’t have A Tangled Web in stock, ask them to order some copies)

 

Toronto, Ontario

Sleuth of Baker Street

Indigo Yonge/Eglinton

 

Ottawa, Ontario

Books on Beechwood

Perfect Books

Chapters South Keys

Chapters Rideau

Coles Carlingwood

 

Kingston, Ontario

Novel Idea Bookstore

 

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Coles Corner Brook Mall

 

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Downhome Shoppe and Gallery, Water St.

Elaine’s Books, Duckworth St.

Chapters Kenmount Road

Coles Avalon Mall

Coles Village Mall

 

Don’t forget to follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook and keep liking and sharing the good news. Thank You!!

 

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Where to Buy A Tangled Web online:

Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/search/?keywords=a%20tangled%20web%2C%20mike%20martin&internal=1

 

United States

A Tangled Web is available for order from Booklocker.com and from Amazon.com in both print and e-book versions

Booklocker

http://assets.booklocker.com/pdfs/9456s.pdf

 

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1634926501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507079811&sr=8-1&keywords=a+tangled+web%2C+mike+martin

 

United Kingdom

A Tangled Web is available for order from Amazon UK in both print and e-book versions

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+tangled+web%2C+mike+martin