Back on the case with Sgt. Wind­flower

Au­thor Mike Martin re­leases “A Tan­gled Web”

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOOLEY

Those fol­low­ing Mike Martin’s Sgt. Wind­flower mys­tery se­ries will be de­lighted but not sur­prised to learn he has re­cently re­leased his sixth book in the se­ries.

Martin has been pub­lish­ing a book a year in the se­ries since 2012.

Read­ers are well fa­mil­iar with the books’ main char­ac­ter – Sgt. Wind­flower, a Cree from North­ern Al­berta sta­tioned with the RCMP in the Town of Grand Bank.

How­ever, Martin said “A Tan­gled Web” (Baico Pub­lish­ing 2017) is dif­fer­ent from his pre­vi­ous books in that the po­lice of­fi­cer is deal­ing with nu­mer­ous chal­lenges this time round.

It’s a tran­si­tional time in Wind­flower’s life, Martin said. His new wife is preg­nant and, as a long-time po­lice of­fi­cer, he is ques­tion­ing his ca­reer.

“There’s a lot more emo­tion in this book,” Martin said dur­ing a re­cent phone in­ter­view.

An im­por­tant and timely is­sue that comes up in the book, Martin said, is do­mes­tic abuse.

It’s not an easy topic to write about, he said.

“When you start talk­ing about it, even in a fic­tional way, you have to talk about the re­al­ity that it’s hap­pen­ing, and that there aren’t a lot of re­sources for peo­ple to go to for help.”

The book also looks at Wind­flower’s wife’s con­cern ev­ery day her hus­band puts on his uni­form and heads out the door.

“It can’t be very good know­ing your hus­band is go­ing out and not know­ing if he is go­ing to make it home,” he said.

While some things are new, Martin said, many things re­main un­changed in­clud­ing char­ac­ters in the book that his read­ers have come to ap­pre­ci­ate.

“And it’s still got the same feel, set in New­found­land, con­nected to the ocean and the weather and the peo­ple,” he said.

In a world where peo­ple are pressed for time, it’s a “great priv­i­lege” to write books that peo­ple are in­ter­ested in read­ing, said Martin.

“Some peo­ple dream of loftier goals, of win­ning the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture. I’m just happy peo­ple read my books.

Martin’s pre­vi­ous book in the Wind­flower se­ries, “A Long Ways from Home,” was short­listed for the pres­ti­gious Bony Blithe Award as the best light mys­tery of the year.

Vet­eran writer

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Au­thor Mike Martin is cel­e­brat­ing the re­lease of his lat­est in­stall­ment in the sleuthing-ad­ven­tures of Sgt. Wind­flower

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