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The Walker on the Cape

(Sgt. Windfower Mystery #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  38 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
Paperback, 242 pages
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
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
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
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 sur
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry but I was terribly disappointed by this book. I do most of my reading in crime novels by Canadian authors and I'm always very happy when I find another new, to me at least, author to read. I am even more thrilled when the stories are set in Canada and I have read mysteries by Canadian authors set in every province and territory in Canada and I was hoping to add a new author to my favourites list but I am afraid that's not going to happen with this series. The premise and the plot in th ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Sweetly simple...needed proper editing,
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!
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.
Missi 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
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
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
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
***** 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
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.
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.
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.
Mary Fan
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Walker on the Cape opens as every good murder mystery should: with a dead body. The body is that of Elias Martin, an elderly man known for taking long strolls along the cape. Investigating the death is Sergeant Winston Windflower, who recently moved into town. When Windflower discovers that Elias was poisoned, he begins an investigation into the old man’s past to find the killer. Elias led a seemingly quiet life, but as Windflower learns more, he soon realizes that perhaps the old man’s lif ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.

The Walker on the Cape follows a Sergeant Windflower as he is handed a seemingly open and shut case file. Things with the case don't seem to add up to his liking, so he investigates a little further, and the case suddenly turns into a murder mystery. The story follows his trek to the truth of the matter. The case that he investigates is fascinating with plenty of twists and turns to keep your interest, without seeming too far-fetched
A whodunit novel that grabs your attention quickly, and holds onto your attention throughout the pages. This is a THREE STAR read from the Schwartz Reviews.

“The only one who knew for sure was Elias Martin and he sure wasn’t talking. Who would finally unravel the mystery of the Walker on the Cape?”

This novel begins like every other mystery novel, with a dead body. The late Elias Martin is found dead and originally, the death looks like a death of natural causes. There would, however, be no myst
Carol Piner
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most mystery/suspense books I read can be so violent that the acid rises in my stomach and I wonder why I am not only reading them, but finishing them. Then "The Walker on the Cape" comes along with its refreshing simplicity. It doesn't come with so many twists that you want to just go to bed to get away from them.

Having said that, it doesn't mean to imply that this was not a very good murder mystery. It simply started with the unexplained death of Elias Walker, a man who was walking alone and s
Linda Brue
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, owned
THE WALKER ON THE CAPE, Mike Martin, 2018
I saw this book offered for Kindle, and it sounded interesting, set in a place--the eastern coast of Canada, Newfoundland--that I don't see used in books very often. It's the first in a series of at least 7 books, perhaps more. It starts when an elderly man is found dead on the Cape. At first it is assumed he died from a heart attack or stroke, but later it is found that he has been poisoned. Who would poison and old man and why? Sgt. Windflower of the RC
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
My rating is actually between 3 and 4 stars.
As other reviewers have recapped the story, I will not do so in this review.
The story line was interesting, and the characters were very real. No superficial characters here - you can relate to the characters the author has created. Mike Martin spent a little too much time detailing what people ate during dining sequences, but that is a small point. If you are not familiar with some of the things he references (l
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the mystery/murder book lover! here is a canadian author you you might enjoy reading. He introduces not only Sgt Winston Windflower he shares the canadian east coast scenery from the first chapter, setting the stage for a good read! He delivers a masterpiece with the The Walker on the Cape by luring you in this murder case of a lone walker in a foggy canadian setting.

He successfully keeps you guessing till the last sentence of this first book of trilogy. With the second book already out I ca
Janice Spina
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Walker on the Cape is a good beginning for the Winston Windflower Series. I read book 2 in error first but found it and this book intriguing and felt caught up in the series. In this book Winston Windflower, a member of RCMP, is called into service to solve the mystery of the murder of a quiet and reclusive man, Elias Martin. His death turns out to be more than just a heart attack. There are many forces who want to keep this murder a secret. Windflower finds himself up against strong and inf ...more
Florence Lyon
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, its plot and characters.

Winston Windflower is an admirable, intelligent First Nations RCMP Sergeant investigating the death of a man who took daily walks along "the Cape". It soon turns in to a murder investigation with many possible suspects. I enjoyed the story very much plus the twists and turns in plot and revelations of character relationships. I also liked the touch of a budding romance with the local cafe owner.

The printed version I obtained in
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
For the author's first novel, I give him two thumbs up. Okay, my friends with RCMP background found a couple of procedural errors but I wasn't fussed by their comments. This was a good fast read. While a bit trite, I have to say that I liked the quality of the paper and the font. It made reading in bed so easy!

I liked the little surprise twists in the plot. It seemed the mystery was solved too early and then...... (No spoiler). I have the next books on hold and am looking forward to reading more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
An old recluse is found dead along the coast and while everyone suspects he died of a heart attack or stroke, it ends up he was poisoned.

The book is great in describing east coat of Newfoundland, the fog, the people and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

I enjoyed Sgt. Winston Windflower and Constable Eddie Tizzard and the work that they did to discover who poisoned Elias Martin. I did not think that there was much of a mystery, but it was a great police procedural and how can you not like the R
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