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Darkest Before the Dawn

(Sgt. Windflower Mysteries #7)

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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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 266 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Ottawa Press and Publishing
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Lelia Taylor
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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There’s something about Canadian police procedurals that really appeals to me and I can’t really put my finger on it. Sure, I love the whole idea of red-jacketed Mounties on their grand steeds—who doesn’t?—but those guys don’t show up all that often and most of the procedurals are with cops and detectives that could just as easily be found in Phoenix or Cleveland. I do know one thing and that’s that Canadian police procedurals tend to have a gentler tone, easier on the psyche than many American ...more
Annie
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5*

This is the latest book in a series about First Nation RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower posted to Grand Bank, NL, but the first one I've read. Obviously, I've missed quite a lot of backstory but overall I had no trouble figuring out who was who and how they were connected to one another.

This time, Sgt Windflower is looking into the mysteries of the Dark Web, which is connected to a couple of murders in the otherwise peaceful town. He and his wife are also preparing for the opening of their
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Denise Zendel
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this seventh installment of the series featuring Cree Indian and Mountie Winston Windflower, Windflower is trying to being a good husband to Sheila Hillier, a good father to brand new baby Amelia, and keep his faithful Collie, Lady, happy (she’s not too sure about this noisy new bundle that’s taking up so much of his time), all while managing the local Mountie detachment and dealing with a crime wave involving domestic violence, teen suicides, the dark web and identity theft, and crypto-curre ...more
Janice Spina
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the books in this series and absolutely love the characters in them. It’s like going home each time I read about Sgt. Winston Windflower, his family, and his fellow officers in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Winston is a strong but kind and considerate man who does all he can to help others in his line of work as a Mountie. He is dependable, hard-working, an exceptional husband and father and a friend to many. When someone needs a hand Winston is the man to turn to.

This is book 7 i
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Garth Mailman
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Bank Newfoundland is experiencing a veritable crime wave. First a young man attempts suicide, mind you I’d want to escape his father but there must be better ways.
Second a meowing cat leads to the discovery of a man decomposing in front of his still running laptop. Hold your nose!
Third his van is discovered near the dump with another body bearing gunshot wounds.

For a place where the fog rolling in is news this is scary stuff. Suddenly locking your doors seems necessary in a place where m
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David Styles
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you read a lot of crime novels, first be aware that this is really not that; not in feel, at the very least. Think less blood and grit, more Heartbeat or Midsomer Murders.

Windflower and colleagues are pleasant and likeable, as are his friends and family, and frankly, half of the criminals / suspects too. This leads the reader to a distinctly fluffy “feel good” reading experience, just with a side-serving of gradually unravelling mystery.

Notwithstanding the pleasantness of everyone stretching
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Julius Blitzy
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of things to take out and simply discuss and enjoy about this book.
Recently I got the chance to re-watch the film ‘Gran Torino’ and Windflower’s attitude and behavior towards the young folks gave me the same feeling as he struggles to adapt to this new setting. The characters are nice and compelling, the mystery is regarded amazingly well it also gives me a few call backs to ‘Desperate Housewives’ you know, a nice and small town that is hidden something really dark and creepy amo
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Mar
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Darkest Before the Dawn is the 7th book in the series that follows the life of Sgt. Windflower and the string of mysteries that seem to follow him, everywhere he is.
I really enjoyed reading this book, as it is your typical mystery drama novel. Straightforward, leading you right into a small town’s deepest and darkest secrets. There’s some personal background to the characters, some family drama and a very good pace and intensity. Do not expect a bloody book: this is your family-friendly mystery
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Jen
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sgt. Winston Windflower seems to have the perfect life. A loving wife, a beautiful new baby, a loyal dog and a new side bed and breakfast business. His small town doesn’t see too much crime but then they find the body......and the other body. He and his police force investigate and it takes them on an journey that leads them to international crime and drugs. A side story reveals the lack of mental health professionals available in small towns.
This book is part of a series but can stand alone. I
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Charlie Latham
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Too often do I find mystery books predictable and unsurprising, but for the first time in much too long I’ve found a writer who hits the nail right on the head.
Unexplained deaths and ghost apparitions happen throughout the book and it’s not until the end that all the pieces of the puzzle come together and the entire story is finally explained.

This is what I loved so much, everything just comes together perfectly and I can’t wait to read this again, knowing what happens at the end.

Filled with
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Ann
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new series for me and I can't believe how I missed the first 6 books in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. Book 7 has the Canadian Mountie happily married to Sheila and enjoying new baby Amelia at his post in Grand Banks, Newfoundland. It's unusual for crime but there have been 7 break-ins and now there has been a murder. As a Cree Indian he embraces the old ways to communicate with nature and uses this in his police work. This book is easily a stand alone read but I'm already looking ...more
Cheryl
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sheila is still mayor and, along with Winston, is looking at the number of people, men in particular, who attempt to commit suicide in the area and what can be done about it. Winston, meanwhile, is busy in his day job, looking into a series of burglaries and deaths in the local region. There are a number of suspicious-looking deaths, and mentions of the Dark Web, and a strange crypto-currency, but, in keeping with Winston's attitude, it's all pretty laid-back and things almost sort themselves ou ...more
Kristen
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This mystery fantasy novel takes you on a wild adventure through many spooky and haunting experiences when a man find himself with a new family and life in a small town. Without giving away too many spoilers there is plenty of suspense and surprising twists that will have you wondering what gasping surprise the author leaves on each page. There are a series of crimes committed that has everyone wondering, who done it.

The characters are wonderful and full of personality, which is brought out car
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Karen
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sgt Windflower is one of my favorite characters. His blending of his ancestral ways and modern culture is unique--he's a person I would like to sit and have coffee with. This is a pleasant story but I think would benefit from the realism of a little more conflict. The mental health issue seems on the verge of being resolved with no fights over financing. The murder is solved by an unexpected event. And Sheila and Winston welcome a new life into their family with no disruption whatsoever. But it ...more
Margaret Yelton
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
My second book by this author I have read, I read the first book and now 7th one in the series. I will need at some point and time go back and fill in the ones that I have missed if I can find them at my local library. Having lived in Canada for 6 years, I always enjoyed seeing the RCMP lol they do love their Tim Horton's. I love Winston & Shelia, and you can just feel the love radiate off the page when he talks about his baby daughter. This book I found to be a slower read for me, yet I did rea ...more
Harold Walters
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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JoAnn
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great mystery. I enjoyed the plot, setting and the author's writing. I look forward to reading more books in this series. Thanks to Netgalley for my eARC. This is my unbiased review.
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Hazel
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. Winston Windflower leads an idyllic life with his wife and baby and, ...more
Edi McNinch
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Slower paced than my usual reads. There was an excessive a!mount of detail and repetitiveness of the day to day mundane tasks of life to the point that it seemed like wordiness just to fill a page. This was evident in the interactions between his wife, baby, and pets as well as planning and cooking of meals. All these had no bearing on the Winston Wildflower character or the story line. The ending was predictable but quite abrupt and loose. As if, 'oh, this is the end? ' . It took me much longer ...more
Amanda  Gee
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a lovely read, it was like taking a leisurely stroll in a beautiful location. A cosy mystery that unwinds slowly but never bores you, the characterisation is fabulous and I soon gained a real affection for Windflower and his friends and family.
The story doesn't tax you but sometimes that is what you need from a book, reading it was like snuggling into a warm snuggly bed.
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Lillian Cummings
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This sleepy town will never be the same. Winston Windflower is a RCMP sergeant who has everything that a man could want. A loving wife & a beautiful baby daughter. But crime has come to his town and he knows that he will need outside help. A young boy tries to kill himself and there is no one that can help him cope with his depression so everyone is hoping that the mayor can get them the help that they need. Windflower knows that it will get sorted as his wife Sheila is the mayor. A body has bee ...more
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