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The Walker on the Cape

(Sgt. Windfower Mystery #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A man's body is found in a small fishing community on the East Coast. First, everyone thinks it's a heart attack or stroke but then it's discovered that he was poisoned. Who would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Winston Windflower and his side-kick Eddie Tizzard. Along the way, they discover there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and powerful ...more
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Published November 1st 2012 by (first published July 2nd 2012)
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Shonna Froebel
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, mystery
This is the first in a new series featuring Sergeant Winston Windflower of the RCMP, stationed in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Windflower is a native Cree who grew up on a remote reserve in northern Alberta. He has had several postings with increasing responsibility and has a good relationship with his staff, but not so good with the Inspector he reports to. Windflower is also in the early stages of a relationship with a local Newfoundland woman.
The case here is one that seems straightforward on th
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is apparently the first in a series of police procedurals featuring Sgt Windflower, a First Nations officer, set in Newfoundland. I was disappointed in the standard of the writing (I really don't need to know exactly what he ate for every meal, and I already knew the ingredients of a salad nicoise), the characterization (which I found superficial - Windflower's girlfriend for example, seemed especially lacking in personality, apart from being very nice and liking him very much) and the leve ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absoultely loved this book!It was set in Newfoundland,with many different types of people.Sargent Windflower and his sleepy little town are rocked to find an old codger dead,and not from natural causes.This leads to many things coming to the surface. Francis G. Kearney was a fine narrator.I especially loved his Newfieisms. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Cathy Ryan
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The people of Grand Bank, on the coast of Newfoundland, could set their clocks by Elias Martin. Every morning, whatever the weather, he walked from his house over the hills to the Cape. Until one day his body was discovered on the path by two tourists. His death was attributed to natural causes until the suspicions of Sergeant Winston Windflower of the RCMP were aroused. He and Constable Eddie Tizzard began an investigation into Elias Martin’s death and as new evidence comes to light it
Dale Harcombe
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this through Goodreads Giveaway, which I entered because I liked the cover and the blurb sounded interesting. I read it pretty much in one sitting and enjoyed it. I loved the little side that Mavis Emberly sets her soup time to cook by the habit of Elias Martin and his walk. When he does not return one day her soup is burnt. Then they find Elias dead. Though it looks like a heart attack it soon become apparent it was murder.
This is not a murder mystery where you are left guessing about the
Garth Mailman
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First in the RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower murder/mystery novels set in the Burin Peninsula of Southern Newfoundland. It may be his detachment but it is run by his civilian receptionist Betsy who is his right hand. In this volume we learn Windflower’s background on a Northern Alberta reserve and his series of transfers after training college. At some point the rest of the detachment is alluded to but it is Constable Eddie Tizzard a lead-footed local boy returned who is Windflower’s sidekick i ...more
Margaret Yelton
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a new author for me, and a book that I won in a giveaway on FB. I found the book to be a quick and easy read, one that kept me interested and I really enjoyed the characters in the storyline. I actually lived in Canada for 6 years, so during that time I became acquainted with Tim Horton's and also went to the RCMP headquarters to get my fingerprints done so that I could send them back to the US and have a background check done to get permanent residency there. All that I met there were ...more
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 s
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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 ar
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really fun mystery. I love the Newfoundland setting and the main characters are realistic and three dimensional. Good story, too!
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Sweetly simple...needed proper editing,
Jack Heath
Dec 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Synopsis: a body is found on the coast. Was he poisoned? Windflower and Eddie Tizzard investigate.
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Walker on the Cape (Sgt. Windfower Mystery #1)
by Mike Martin

*This first portion is specific to GoodReads, not or*

I'm sorry but I have to call out Goodreads or whoever entered this audiobook there because as you can see above, the title character is spelled W-i-n-d-f-o-w-e-r not WindfLower (or it was as on the date of this review). I noticed that it was an odd but perhaps clever opportunity for the author to go a bit off the reservation with something as simple a
Lauren Jones
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Having a tough guy that thinks he can get away with murder is frustrating, right?! Every good crime mystery has one. The same goes for the innocent bystander that gets accused first and the gossiper! Every good crime mystery has one of those too, even if the part is slight or insignificant compared to the entire story. Martin has some interesting twists that take the characters on a merry-go-round, circling back to through the same suspects, knowing that one of them has to be their person of int ...more
Lelia Taylor
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 reco ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quaint little murder mystery. I liked the setting (small town east coast Canada) and I liked the main character (Sargent Windflower). While the plot was a bit predictable in places, the story held that comfort food quality. It was like discovering an old friend again after many years separation. Windflower is a straight shooter and a wholesome character all around, so it’s very easy to root for him. The setting itself is full of small comforts from the well-loved local café to Windflo ...more
Mike Martin
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

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The Walker on the Cape overall was a good book. It is a murder mystery about a man who walks on the cape every day and suddenly dies. It is up to the local sergeant in the small town to take over the investigation and find out who killed this man. Of course, he runs into some problems and there is a plot twist towards the end of the book.

Mike Martin is the author of The Walker on the Cape a
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walker on the Cape is the first of a series of books featuring Sgt. Winston Windflower of the RCMP. It introduces us to him, his team of colleagues, friends and neighbours, in a small coastal town of Grand Bank in Newfoundland. Well-written and a fast-paced read, opening with the unexplained death of a resident - widower 72yr-old Elias Martin. As the police investigation gets going, the author gradually develops the featured characters, and really paints for the reader the environment in which t ...more
Cheryl Malandrinos
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Walker on the Cape is the first book in Martin's Sgt. Windflower Mysteries series. It features a full-blooded Cree as a sergeant for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While balancing his work life with a little bit of romance, Windflower draws upon his native background and traditions to help others.

Martin does a fine job of crafting an engaging mystery with several twists and turns. He ramps up the tension between Windflower and his superior, making this story feel real. This novel had a q
***** 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 m ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a pretty decent murder mystery with characters that made me put the next book on hold at the library. However, I hope that after this 1st book, Mr. Martin got a new editor who has at least a passing familiarity with punctuation and spelling.
It will be interesting to see how the relationship between Sgt. Winston Windflower and Sheila develops. The supporting character of Cpl. Tizzard has started out with lots of potential and I look forward to seeing how he does in the next mystery.
Gillian Sullivan
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Likable characters, but oh, the lack of editing. Rambling awkward sentences, spelling errors, and in desperate need of commas and a judicious sprinkling of hyphens to help make sentences readable. Distracting.
Also wondering why a Newfoundlander, living in Ottawa, has his book published in Bradenton, Florida?
Don Halpert
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the characters in this book. And the description of the location. And the story itself. The writer could use some effective editing, but the story is good. The characters are Newfoundland types and the food descriptions are typical Newfy. Lots of fun and a good story.
Jun 04, 2019 added it
2 1/2 -3. The plot is decent enough but the writing/editing is poor. Newfoundland (Grand bank/ Marystown was the setting but except for mentioned the fog And St. Pierre it could have been anywhere. With proper editing it would make an interesting novella.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This had a couple of elements that should have hooked me - Newfoundland setting, mystery, aboriginal detective - but it was not at all what I expected. It seemed written for middle-grade students - maybe if I'd known that going in . . .
Robyn Choate
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The setting of the book is very descriptive and easy to visualize. The storyline however, drags and many points. The twist in the plot was expected. Probably will not read any other books by this author.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have to agree with several of the reviewers' comments regarding the poor standard of writing, the need for editing; the book format reminded me of an elementary school reader.
James Fisher
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great start to what has become a good series of "cozy" Newfoundland mysteries occurring in the small village of Grand Banks.
John Mosman
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyed the location, characters and story line. Looking forward to book #2.
Julia Lennon
Book was just o.k., mostly read it for the atmosphere. I love Newfoundland
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