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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Review: The Walker on the Cape, Mike Martin (Canada, Newfoundland)

Title: The Walker on the Cape
Author: Mike Martin
Publication: 2012/Baico Publishing Inc, Ottawa Canada
ISBN #: 978-1-926945-97-2
# of pages: 252
Discovered by Crime Writers of Canada
Read in paper format
Also available in e-book format
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Old Elias Martin walks the nearby stretch of Newfoundland cape regularly every morning, so regularly the local Grand Bank residents set their clocks by him. So when Mavis Emberly’s soup pot boils dry, she knows something is wrong. Elias has been found dead on the path, an apparent heart attack victim.

RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower and his Constable Eddie Tizzard hope the doctor will help them to wrap this up quickly but when it turns out Elias was poisoned, Windflower starts to wonder if he is in over his head. Usually, his police work involves getting drunken teenagers home without upsetting the Mayor and his friends. Soon he is uncovering long simmering disputes in this normally quiet little rural outpost while dodging his interfering Inspector.
This is a simply written book, more filled with descriptions of small village living than with high crime drama. Windflower’s work day is nicely offset with his personal life and budding romance with Sheila, owner of the local coffee shop. There are a few good twists and turns along the way. Windflower is an entertaining character and the author does not make him into a super hero but just a regular cop who calls in help when he needs it.    Rating: (°_°)  worth reading.

The author was born in St John’s, Newfoundland and although he now lives in Ottawa, he visits Grand Bank and other parts of Newfoundland every summer. He is a freelance writer and workplace wellness consultant. His second book in the Windflower series, “The Body on the T”, will be published May 2013.


  1. I really want to travel around Canada someday and this book sounds like I could at least read about part of the country from my armchair. Thanks for the review.

  2. This will give you a flavour for Newfoundland.....which definitely needs to be on your future trip itinerary, a gorgeous province!