Back on the case with Sgt. Windflower
Author Mike Martin releases “A Tangled Web”
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.
Author Mike Martin is celebrating the release of his latest installment in the sleuthing-adventures of Sgt. Windflower