The 10th and latest book by Mike Martin in the Sgt. Windflowers series is here! The series is set in and around Grand Bank, Newfoundland. I prefer to read a series in order to become familiar with the characters and the settings. But any of the books can be read as a stand alone book. But once you read one, you will want to read all of them.
I really enjoy a story that gets you hooked right at the beginning .. and this one does just that. Visual descriptions of locations give you an feel for Newfoundland and if you weren’t hungry before reading these books you will want to try some of Winston’s recipes.
I was of mixed emotions, wanting to read it all right away to know how this book turned out but also wanting to read it slowly to take in the full effect of the story and enjoy every moment along the way.
The Windflower family has temporarily located to St. John’s Newfoundland so Sheila can continue her studies and Winston has taken a job as an RCMP public outreach officer. The girls are growing, Amelia Louise is enrolled in preschool and Stella starts school. Stella is the little girl they are hoping to adopt, and she has a lot of her own issues that are brought out during the book. Stella’s story is in the previous book.
While on his special assignment in St. John’s, Sgt. Windflower sees posters of missing girls in locations around town. One girl has a local connection to Grand Banks, where Windflower has been stationed. He is assigned to be head of the unit investigating these disappearances and he calls on his numerous connections in the RCMP to assist him.
During his walks with Lady, his dog, he meets a retired neighbour who has a backyard rink. Stella loves to skate and Windflower decides he wants to make a rink for the family to enjoy all the while hoping it will help Stella communicate better. Frequently Windflower experiences interactive dreams has been learning to interpret them and not to be scared of them. His Cree family from Pink Lake, Alberta help in along the way.
Through investigations, the biker gangs are found to be connected to the disappearance of the girls and it involves drugs, hide outs and murder. What will happen when raids on their hideouts are organized?
Will everyone working together find the missing girls?
Family, food, crime, happiness and sadness, and mystery are all intertwined in a fantastic story.
It is lovely to get involved in the daily routines of the family and learn more about Indigenous people of Canada. The book touches on the important news stories of the day about missing girls, drugs, biker gangs, and for them the upcoming covid pandemic. I’m am so lucky to have the whole series with most of them signed by Mike. Rereading this series was part of my pandemic lockdown routine.
Sgt. Windflower Books:
- The Body on the T
- The Walker on the Cape
- Beneath the Surface
- A Twist of Fortune
- A Long Ways from Home
- A Tangled Web
- Darkest Before Dawn
- Fire Fog and Water
- A Perfect Storm
- Safe Harbour
- Buried Secrets