byMike Martin

Paperback | July 2, 2012

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The Walker on the Cape follows Winston Windflower as he investigates a mysterious death in the small community of Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Windflower is a Cree from Alberta who is an RCMP Sergeant and really a fish out of water in Grand Bank.

But he learns to like and even love the community and a special woman who lives there. Along the way he discovers that under the surface things are not what the seem in this sleepy little town,  

Title:THE WALKER ON THE CAPEFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 2, 2012Publisher:Baico PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926945972

ISBN - 13:9781926945972


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A splashing entreé to Grand Bank In the quiet, laid-back fishing village of Grand Bank, southeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, a foggy morning becomes more than just another day when Mavis Emberley's soup burnt on the stove. "People along the coastline in Grand Bank could set their clocks by Elias Martin. Every morning, even when the fog floated in from Fortune, they saw his hunched figure climb and disappear in the mist that ran the shoreline like a rum runner. You could put a pot of soup on to boil when he set out and be sure that when he appeared again that the potatoes, carrots, and turnips would be soft and sweet. Mavis Emberly was one such soup-maker who relied on Elias Martin to set the pace for her weekly batch of pea soup. “There he goes,” she remarked to her husband, Francis, "Time to put the soup on”. An hour and a half later Francis Emberly muttered, “Something’s burning in that kitchen, maid.” Mrs. Emberly ran to the kitchen to turn off her black bottomed soup with a smattering of non-religious but surely immoral curses and immediately realized that something else was wrong besides her spoiled soup. Elias hadn't returned. "Or else I missed him," she decided." The point is: Seventy-two year old Elias Martin was dead. Two tourists found his body up on the hill. Heart attack, it was declared at first, and soon the town began to simmer with stories boiling over in Mug-Up Café, the restaurant of Sheila Hillier. Thirty-two year old Sergeant Winston Windflower, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a full-blooded Cree from the Pink Lake Reserve in Northern Alberta, thought Elias's death was suspect and he planned to get to the bottom of the simmering, boiling pot. For once there was more to work on than the petty crimes and motor accidents in the village. And as an incomer, he still had to prove himself after being there for only one year. But what to do when there were always secrets to protect in a small community like this? And then there was the Poison of Kings and the King of Poisons, and some rotten fish in Newfoundland, and cops with dirty hands in the chain of command ... files disappear, investigations are mysteriously stopped, the plot thickens! This is a skillful, interesting, relaxing, as well as an entertaining first novel by Mike Martin. The endearing characters soon become the reader's friends as well, and the Canadian cuisine makes a splashing entreé into the p(l)ot. Never a dull meal for those readers living outside of Newfoundland, Canada! As the first book in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the introduction to this fishing village is well-plotted and fast paced. It is not a mysterious read, but rather a day to day reflection on the inhabitants's lives as the plot unfolds in clear-cut prose. The presentation of Grand Bank and its inhabitants leaves the reader with just one mission, and that is to read the two other books as well. The Body On The T AND Beneath the Surface[/a] It is a guaranteed pleasant, relaxing experience throughout. Margitte wrote this review 1 minute ago. ( edit )
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended for fans of murder mysteries and stories featuring local color. New Book Review by Mary Fan, author of Artificial Absolutes Recommended for fans of murder mysteries and stories featuring local color. GENRE Mystery—Cozy Mystery/Whodunit The Walker on the Cape follows the form of a classic whodunit. It opens with a dead body and follows Sergeant Winston Windflower as he investigates the murder. The story is set in a small fishing community on the East Coast and contains a lot of local color. PACE The Walker on the Cape is a moderately-paced murder mystery. The questions of “what happened” and “who’s the killer” keep the plot moving forward while Windflower’s interactions with the locals allow the reader to enjoy the setting. PERSPECTIVE The majority of this book is written from the third person perspective of Windflower and rotates to other characters’ points of view. At times, it takes on a more omniscient narrative distance. CONTENT REVIEW The Walker on the Cape opens as every good murder mystery should: with a dead body. The body is that of Elias Martin, an elderly man known for taking long strolls along the cape. Investigating the death is Sergeant Winston Windflower, who recently moved into town. When Windflower discovers that Elias was poisoned, he begins an investigation into the old man’s past to find the killer. Elias led a seemingly quiet life, but as Windflower learns more, he soon realizes that perhaps the old man’s life wasn’t so peaceful after all. Windflower is an amiable and easily likable detective figure. He’s a classic good guy—determined, kind-hearted, and tough when he needs to be. Having been born and raised on a remote Indian reservation, he finds living in the small fishing community of Grand Bank to be quite a change from what he’s used to. His interactions with the locals, including a winsome café owner, bring the setting to life. In fact, it is this local color that makes The Walker on the Cape memorable. Martin writes with a charming lilt reminiscent of classic cozy mysteries. The characters are a quirky bunch, such as the over-enthusiastic young policeman, Constable Eddie Tizzard, and the blustering Inspector MacIntosh. Between the investigation scenes, Windflower discovers his affections for the aforementioned café owner, a delightful woman name Sheila who introduces Windflower to the local comforts. For a taste of Martin’s writing style, here’s the opening paragraph of the first chapter: “Even in an ordinary life the most extraordinary things can happen. Every morning for the past eleven years Elias Martin has 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.” Such descriptions and charm are carried out throughout the novel, which retains a cheery atmosphere despite the bleakness of Windflower’s job. Like all cozy mysteries, the detective figure in The Walker on the Cape is removed from the danger and spends the majority of the investigation interviewing suspects and witnesses or stewing in his own thoughts. Things take an interesting turn about halfway through the book when corruption is unveiled and an arrest is made. In terms of the plot, Martin has constructed a well laid-out web of suspects and motives, and he certainly seems to know his way around a police procedural. From the forensic reports to the ins and outs of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he depicts a believable world of crime scenes and investigators. All in all, I found The Walker in the Cape to be a fun and lighthearted read. It’s the kind of mystery that lets one delve into the various possible scenarios, revealing various backgrounds and stories along the way. The reader gets to explore the little town of Grand Bank along with Windflower, experiencing all its delights and hospitality. THE NITPICKY STUFF I found a number of small errors such as typos. Also, and this is really nitpicky, Martin tends to write in long sentences, often unbroken by commas. This book is fairly G-rated in terms of sex, violence, language, etc. AUTHOR INFO Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland and now lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a longtime freelance writer and a member of Ottawa Independent Writers, Capital Crime Writers, the Crime Writers of Canada, and the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild. The Walker on the Cape is his first full fiction book.
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This novel was well written, and overall a good book. Review of The Walker on the Cape by M. Corley The Walker on the Cape overall was a good book. It is a murder mystery about a man who walks on the cape every day and suddenly dies. It is up to the local sergeant in the small town to take over the investigation and find out who killed this man. Of course, he runs into some problems and there is a plot twist towards the end of the book. Mike Martin is the author of The Walker on the Cape and he does a marvelous job of writing this fiction novel. Sergeant Winston Windflower is put in charge of Elias Martin’s death. Elias Martin walked up and down the cape every day until one day he does not come back. He is found dead along the trail later that day. Sergeant Windflower takes over the investigation with his side-kick constable, Eddie Tizzard. Together, and with the help of the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) they find out who the murderer is, along with some other interesting things. There is of course a lighter side of the novel… Sergeant Windflower’s love life with local coffee shop owner, Sheila. I thought this novel was well written, and overall a good book. Typically I do not like murder mystery books, but this one kept me interested and involved. The writing sometimes was very “cheesy” or “corny” at some parts of the book. Other than that, I thought that the book was good. I gave it a 3 out 4 stars because I did not think it was an excellent book, but I did like it. I would recommend to other people as well. Mike Martin did a wonderful job putting together and writing this novel and he developed the characters very well. The Walker on the Cape was a good book that many people would enjoy.
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting, readable, buy it, read it!! Review from Robert C. Arnold blogger and social activist, Victoria, B.C. The Walker on the Cape captured my attention immediately taking me to Grand Bank Newfoundland, a place I've only ever seen in my imagination when mulling the roots of my family in that part of the world. The Mounties, Windflower, and his eager assistant Tizzard are presented with a death, which although it seems normal at first turns out to be murder. The conscientious police work turns up some unexpected and illegal doings, and shows up the incompetence of a senior member of the RCMP. I believe this story could not have been written by anyone, who was not from Newfoundland and shared the warmth and humour of the people. This is brought out in the book by the developing relationship between Windflower and the owner/operator of the coffee shop, Sheila. The food and the rhythm of the dialogue is, I imagine, faithfully reflective of the realities of small town Newfoundland. I loved this book. It is interesting, easily readable and helped me spend a couple of afternoons on "The Rock". I am looking forward to reading more novels set in Newfoundland by Mike Martin. Get it! Read it! You will enjoy it!
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Engaging Murder Yarn I started reading _The Walker on the Cape_ during a weekend at the cottage this past summer, and I finished it before I found the time to jump in the lake. This slim-ish volume packs a lot in-between its covers, and for a first novel I was impressed by the transitions and the subtle hooks Mr. Martin leaves his readers along the way. Ultimately, and enjoyable and quick read with a sympathetic protagonist in Winston Windflower. I really enjoyed this murder mystery and look forward to what Mike Martin offers up in the future.
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Toronto Star Book Review Toronto Star–criminal-xo-the-walker-on-the-cape-oranges-and-lemons-mini-reviews Mini-Review of The Walker on the Cape By Batten, Jack Whodunit Columnist The murder takes place in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. The victim is a retired fisherman. The sleuth is RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower, a Cree from an Alberta reserve. And everybody loves a Jiggs dinner of salted meat, cabbage and pease pudding. Can a crime novel get more Canadian? The murder steers Windflower into deeper Newfoundland mysteries and into some foxily constructed plotting. Mike Martin, a first-time Ottawa author, won’t be mistaken for a literary stylist, but his book offers a winning sleuth figure and an air of charming cheerfulness.
Date published: 2012-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Two More Reviews From Ruth Latta....Author of The Old Love and the New Love Who would have believed that the picturesque village of Grand Bank, NL, could harbour a murderer? RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower' could, because it's his job to investigate suspicious deaths like that of Elias Martin. The Alberta native has learned that the small Newfoundland community "guards its secrets and its own very closely." Windflower's conscientious investigation of the old man's death uncovers not only a large scale illegal enterprise but also a domestic tragedy. A strong, well-paced plot, characters with distinctive personalities, and the unique Newfoundland setting combine to make The Walker on the Cape a good Canadian read. Ruth Latta author of The Old Love and the New Love From Michael P. MacDonald.... Author of Poolroom and Politics Mike Martin has produced a very compelling police procedural set in Grand Bank on the coast of Newfoundland. From main character Winston Windflower on down, he has created a group of people that you want to get to know better; hopefully in future stories and other circumstances. The Walker on the Cape contains a well executed plot and an ending you are not expecting; vital elements in this genre of fiction. The visual of the lighthouse on the front cover does a lot to establish the setting and Martin’s description of the locale makes it integral to the feel of the story. I look forward to the next adventure of Windflower and company. Michael MacDonald Aylmer, Quebec
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Readers Comments about The Walker on the Cape Mike, your book is a great Canadian read, as comforting as beef stew on a cold winter night. There’s a sweetness and charm that makes the book very personal and I can’t wait for the next one. Fabulous work. Lorraine E. South Mountain, Ontario ........... Who would have believed that the picturesque village of Grand Bank, NL, could harbour a murderer? RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower’ could, because it’s his job to investigate suspicious deaths like that of Elias Martin. The Alberta native has learned that the small Newfoundland community “guards its secrets and its own very closely.” Windflower’s conscientious investigation of the old man’s death uncovers not only a large scale illegal enterprise but also a domestic tragedy. A strong, well-paced plot, characters with distinctive personalities, and the unique Newfoundland setting combine to make The Walker on the Cape a good Canadian read. Ruth Latta author of The Old Love and the New Love ......... “The Walker on the Cape is a great read. I love the way that the ocean and the fog are almost characters in the story. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down until I finished. Congratulations on a great story.” Andrew R. retired teacher Ottawa, Ontario
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Police procedural novels come from two stables; plodding or pacey. Mike Martin’s debut fiction novel The Walker on The Cape falls mostly into the latter category. The Walker on The Cape introduces yet another policeman into the world in the form of Winston Windflower, a sergeant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, along with his sidekick Constable Eddie Tizzard, and we have to ask do we really need one? While not breaking any moulds, Windflower is a decent enough addition to the ever growing list of policemen out there in the world of crime fiction. His character develops quickly enough to grab the reader’s attention, giving a little insight into the man behind the officer and Martin doesn’t fall into the trap of many others in bogging readers down with a host of slow-moving introductions. All in all, after the first few dozen pages, the story already had me hooked and I was not feeling an urge to just skim read a few pages to get beyond weighty descriptions. Possibly the one gripe with the characters - who are well-crafted and, while not entirely unique, are ordinary people, which is what ordinary readers can connect with in this genre - is the choice of names. The mouthful of Winston Windflower, combined with something far too close to Eddie Izzard is something that will either help ingrain the characters on minds, or simply make people laugh at the wrong moment. The Newfoundland setting of the novel is described just enough to, along with the glum coastline image of the book’s cover, create a sense of setting, and the small community with its secrets is one similar to those that work to such great effect in the work of Stephen King in the likes of Needful Things and Storm of The Century. As with any crime novel that doesn’t rely on gimmicks or spectacular set-pieces, the story is key to the success of the book, and it doesn’t disappoint. Again, police procedurals fall into two types; one giving an entire law seminar and boring readers to tears, the other supplying just the right amount of detail to keep story-lovers entertained and nit-pickers from accusing the author of blagging their way through. Again, Martin manages to keep to the latter of these throughout, and doesn’t stray from his focus on the evolving storyline. The Walker on the Cape is a promising debut for Windflower and co, and with a constantly moving plot, some clever twists and a pleasant writing style it will not be the last we see of them either. For anyone who enjoys the R D Wingfield’s Frost novels will find plenty to get their teeth into here.
Date published: 2012-07-14

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Walker on the Cape “The Walker on the Cape offers some foxily constructed plotting, a winning sleuth figure and an air of charming cheerfulness.” The Toronto Star “It¹s fun to read a mystery like this. The setting is nicely realized, the characters have some weight, and the details are telling, like the fog with a mind of its own.” The Telegram Writers try like Dickens to open their stories with a hook, some tasty bait to catch and hold the reader’s attention. Martin hooked me in the first paragraph with a description of Elias’ breakfast of, along with porridge, “thick molasses bread smothered in partridge berry jam.” The Clarenville Packet