The Walker on the Cape

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The Walker on the Cape, by a Canadian author, Mike Martin, is the first book in the series set in Grand Bank, Newfoundland.   The book is my favourite genre, a mystery, and introduces Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from northern Alberta, who is  an RCMP officer.

I had previously read the second in the series, The Body on the T and thoroughly enjoyed it so I was really looking forward to reading the first one, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Even in an ordinary life the most extraordinary things can happen.   Every morning for the past eleven years Elias Martin had his breakfast of hot porridge and thick molasses bread smothered in partridgeberry jam.  Then, rain or shine, he began his solitary walk from his small blue house on Elizabeth Avenue in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, down through the Cove, and until the winter snow made it impassable, up over the hills to the cape.
This solitary pilgrimage allowed him to mourn his wife Eileen without anyone intruding on his grief.  More importantly, it allowed him to talk to her without anyone thinking he was crazier than he was.

It was said that people set their clocks by Elias, but this one particular morning something went wrong.  Elias went out for his walk but never returned.  It was speculated a heart attack has caused his death but it was left to Sergeant Windflower to unravel the mystery.  The main characters in the series are introduced and you begin to form an attachment to them and feel you are part of the community.


It was discovered to be a poisoning and while trying to get to the truth a lot of secrets from the small community are unearthed.  There are powerful people who want to keep the secrets but Windflower wants to uncover the corruption that is going on.

Page 56
“It’s Windflower, Ma’am,” he said.  “Our medical examiner found high levels of a toxic substance in Mr. Martin’s body when he performed the autopsy.  We don’t know how it got there.  It is possible that he was poisoned.  That’s why we’re treating his death as suspicious.”

If you want to read a great series by a Canadian author you will want to check out this series.  You can find more info here.  It is available in hard copy and an ebook.

Here are some more books that I’ve read and reviewed.

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