Mike Martin comes to the blog with the 8th title in his Sgt. Windflower Mystery series, set in Newfoundland with
Fire, Fog and Water
I saw this title and was instantly intrigued by the setting of Grand Bank Newfoundland – an island (and province) I’ve visited frequently and sailed about often. While I was concerned coming into the eighth book in the series and wondering if there would be missed connections, Martin did a lovely job of building interest in earlier (and later) stories to come, while providing me with a read that was self-contained and well presented. Winston Windflower is a Sargent with the RCMP, and stationed in Grand Bank. But the end of winter is coming, and while things are ‘samey’ as always, he’s feeling more than a bit “off”. The long winter of grey (if you’ve seen The Shipping News – you’ll understand) has worn on him, and things aren’t helped by tripping over a corpse on his run.
Seriously though, this was a character driven story – from Windflower’s struggles with a temporary superior and his being caught in the middle of a power struggle with said superior and a co-worker, a pile of trouble falling down with links to the body he and his dog tripped over and some drugs involvement, his own frustration with the weather and his mood, and a serious look at why he’s so out of sorts and just what will bring things around and put him on the right track again.
The story was full of twists, with plenty to sort out from a mystery end, and with Winston, his family, his friends and even the ‘temporary superior’ adding a different sense of Winston’s reactions and impulses, the story is engaging and hard to put down. I’m a fan of supporting stories from the Maritimes (or anywhere) in Canada, and this peek into an under served yet entirely unique spot off the Eastern Seaboard is wonderful. I’ll be looking out for the earlier books in this series to see how Winston has grown and developed over time, as well as taking a break on the island – without the fog and cold!
Title: Fire, Fog and Water
Author: Mike Martin
Series: Sgt. Windflower Mystery #8
Genre: Contemporary Crime Fiction, Murder, Mystery Elements, Setting: Canada
Published by: Ottawa Press and Publishing
Published on: 7 October, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sergeant Winston Windflower and his trusty crew at the Grand Bank detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have more than a few mysteries on their hands. Windflower suspects that the three cases—a homicide, a near-homicide and a fire on Coronation Street—are somehow connected, but how is proving difficult to determine, especially now that he must battle his unusually cranky mood, the never-ending winter that has gripped the coastal region of Newfoundland and his new, power-hungry boss.
In Fire, Fog and Water, award-winning author Mike Martin is true to form, retaining the light crime genre for which he is known while delving into the most perplexing social issues of our time, including mental health, addictions and workplace harassment. Windflower must not only solve the drug-and-death crimes that threaten the otherwise tranquil lives of Grand Bank’s residents, he must resolve his own internal conflicts before they consume him as surely as the blaze that engulfed the house on Coronation Street.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.