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Reviews are Great for Fire, Fog and Water, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery

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Reviews are Great for Fire, Fog and Water, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery

Midwest Book Reviews says

“Most murder mysteries create a cat-and-mouse interplay between perp and investigator, but the fact that Sgt. Windflower is also probing his own motives, reactions, and life adds an extra dimension of interest to the story that makes for rich and absorbing reading indeed. Readers seeking a fine story steeped in psychological inspection will relish both the character of Mountie Windflower and his ability to navigate the murky waters of self, community, and home.”

Fire, Fog and Water on Amazon Average rating: 4.5

“The author writes in an easy manner that makes the story feel as if you are part of the cast and at home or taking a walk along with Winston and Lady, his dog. A thoroughly enjoyable and quick read that makes you want for more. Love Mike Martin books. Looking forward to more! Highly recommend!”

Fire, Fog and Water on NetGalley Average rating: 4.5

“Apart from being a great murder mystery this is a story of Newfoundland communities and relationships. Having spent a little time in Newfoundland, and loved it, this story really appealed to me. There’s a multitude of layers happening, contributing to my enjoyment.”

Fire, Fog and Water on Goodreads Average rating: 4.9

“This Sgt. Windflower book may be his best. I enjoyed the story and the setting in small town Newfoundland. This is a great series – highly recommended.”

Where to Buy Fire, Fog and Water







In Store

Ottawa/Atlantic Canada

Fire, Fog and Water is available from most Chapters/Indigo/Coles stores. If your store doesn’t have it, ask them to order some.

And these fine independent bookstores


Books on Beechwood


Sleuth of Baker Street


Whodunit Bookstore

St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador

Downhome Shoppe and Gallery

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People love Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries


Christmas coverPeople love Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries

The reviews are pouring in for Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries from all over the world. England, France and from all parts of the United States and Canada. You can check them out for yourself on Amazon, Goodreads or NetGalley:

Amazon Average Rating 4.8 out of 5


NetGalley Average Rating 4.4 out of 5


Goodreads Average Rating 4.4 out of 5


Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries is available everywhere online (See links below). And now in stores all over Canada including:


Sleuth of Baker Street

St. John’s Newfoundland

The Downhome Shoppe and Gallery


Books on Beechwood

Chapters/indigo Coles

Atlantic Canada

Chapters/indigo Coles


Here are some online links for Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries

Amazon United States


Amazon Canada


Chapters/Indigo Canada


Amazon UK


Amazon Australia


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Early Reviews for Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries

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The early reviews are in and they are great.  Here is a sampling:

Lovely, Lovely Read

Oh my – this really is the icing on the cake (or snowy Christmases in Newfoundland) for the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries.   If you’ve not read any, then start at the beginning, they’re really good reads. I adored reading this collection of stories depicting St Johns and Grand Bank over Christmas periods past and present. Mike Martin paints pictures and creates atmosphere so clearly with his writing and elicits some rather emotional responses to the love and kindnesses shown at this particular time of year through his wonderful characters and memories.  Goodness – when Winston saves Christmas – well, have tissues nearby.

Hazel M. Reviewer

United Kingdom


Highly Recommended

For those for whom this is the first exposure to the series, the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series shares tales about a Mountie who finds himself with a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Many of the characters from the first volume remain and most assuredly the setting of the dramas remains a place we learn to know well, but Mike Martin has that uncanny ability to open a new story with enough mix of entertainment and magnetizing hints of the mystery to come to capture the attention and imagination. Like this section from A Grand Bank Christmas: “This is a long slow stroll through winter and Christmas past in the small Town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland, home of adventure and the famous Grand Bank schooner, and for a ten-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, a world of magic and wonder.”

Grady Harp Amazon Top Contributor

Los Angeles, California


Other reviewers said:

“A wonderful new way to look at Christmas”

“Some really good ‘comfort food’ stories”

“A collection to be cherished and shared with children and grandchildren”

“If you like the other Sgt. Windflower stories you will love this book”

You can read all the early reviews here:



Here are some online links for Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries


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First Review of the Body on the T Audiobook

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The Body on the T,  the second book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series is now available in an audiobook version. Narrated by Frank Kearney it is a great listening experience that you won’t want to miss. It joins The Walker on the Cape as audiobook versions of this popular light mystery series set in Newfoundland, on the eastern tip of Canada.

The first review is in


A Cozy Mystery Series – At its Best

I was so pleased to find the second installment in this Sgt. Winston Windflower series.
While this 2nd book can be read (or listened to in my case) without the first, I do recommend getting to read them both.

The joy of this series is as much about the characters in it and how they interact with each other, both in their dialog and in the events that occur, than in the actual plot.


Here are some links where you can listen to a sample and buy your own audiobook version of The Body on the T. Soon available on iTunes, Hoopla and for ordering by libraries on Overdrive. And everywhere audiobooks are sold.



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United Kingdom




The Walker on the Cape is also available in Audiobook version

The Audiobook version of The Walker on the Cape is also available on Audible and through other audiobook retailers.

Here’s a link to The Walker on the Cape audiobook on Audible and a sample



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People love the audiobook versions of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

“This is a delightful audiobook version which I enjoyed so much that I decided to download the ebook too. The combination of Frank Kearney’s excellent narration with Mike Martin’s great dialog really won me over within the first 5 minutes.”

“I love the story because of its simplicity but at the same time the mystery enough to make you continue hearing the book.”

“The Walker on the Cape by Mike Martin is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining narration that combines mystery, good old-fashioned police work by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and wholesome romance set in the beautiful province of Newfoundland.”

New Windflower book this fall

Fire, Fog and Water  is coming in October. It continues the adventures of Sgt. 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. the winner of the Bony Blithe Award as the best light mystery of the year.

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





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3 Reviews of Darkest Before the Dawn and a Holiday Sale Update


Three new great reviews came in for Darkest Before the Dawn, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Links are below.

Linda Grant in The Crafty Gardener


“The series is about Winston Windflower, an RCMP officer, who is stationed in Grand Banks, Newfoundland.  It is not just a mystery book centered in the police office but a book that shares the quiet side of Winston.   You will love reading about his family, his pets, his friends, his co-workers, and the people he encounters in his life away from his job.”

Harold Walters in The Clarenville Packet

(reprinted in Western Star, Southern Gazette and other Newfoundland and Labrador newspapers)


“Mike Martin pens a cracker-jack image of capelin rolling: a silver tsunami … swimming near the top of the water as tens of thousands of capelin tried to get in to spawn on the beach.”

Jim Fisher in The Miramichi Reader


“When it comes to writing about police work, Mr. Martin excels, particularly at demonstrating Windflower’s keen skills when he interrogates the murder suspects in addition to handling the various day-to-day duties of running the Grand Bank RCMP detachment.”

Update on the 6th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale.

Our initial $500 donation is on its way to the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa. See below for how you can participate.

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.

Make Your Own  Donation

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:


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.








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

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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”


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.


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.


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














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.


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”


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.”




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:


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!!






Where to Buy A Tangled Web online:




United States

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







United Kingdom

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