Let me introduce myself. I’m Sgt. Winston Windflower. I’m an RCMP officer, A Canadian Mountie. I’m also a Cree from Northern Alberta who finds himself stationed in the small community of Grand Bank, Newfoundland. It’s a pretty quiet place, but somehow there’s also a lot of crime, even murders, that I have to investigate. That’s a part of the story. The work part.
But there’s also a whole lot more going on in my life. I have a beautiful wife, Sheila Hillier, who is truly my much better half and a little daughter, Amelia Louise, who we both adore. Sheila is also the smarter one in the family. She’s the Mayor of Grand Bank and a businesswoman who once owned the Mug-Up Café that serves the best chocolate peanut butter cake in the world. And there’s Lady, my collie and Molly the cat. Can’t forget them.
I’m glad it’s finally my turn to talk. I keep bugging Mike Martin to let me write, but he tells me my job is to look tall, dark, and handsome. I am tall, dark and handsome. Just wanted to repeat that. Anyway, let me tell you how this whole thing works. I tell ‘him’ the story and ‘he’ writes it down. Sometimes ‘he’ takes a long time and many, many drafts to get it right. ‘He’ is very lucky to have an excellent team of beta readers and a fabulous editor. Otherwise, ‘he’ would never get it done. But somehow it does get done and now there are 8 books in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series, the latest being Fire, Fog and Water.
Fire, Fog and Water is about me, of course. And while I don’t like how ‘he’ made me out as glum and moody at the beginning, I guess ‘he’ may have been right. I got a lot going on and nobody really appreciates me, well not enough anyway. But I got out of that funk and ended up solving not one, but at least three crimes, maybe more. Not on my own, but I was a big part of it. Now ‘he’s’ telling me to shut up again, ‘cause he wants to send this post off to the blog tour. So, I’ll sign off for now.
But remember, if you are a writer, stick with it. As I always tell Mike Martin: “Do the best you can with it and then get it out into the world.” You do what you gotta’ do to make that happen. And if you’re struggling, keep on struggling. If you are a writer, keep on writing. And remember what Stephen King told me about writing “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
Bye for now
Fire, Fog and Water (Sgt. Windflower Mysteries) by Mike Martin
About Fire, Fog and Water
Mystery 8th in Series
Ottawa Press and Publishing (October 8, 2019)
Print Length: 280 pages Digital
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
About Mike Martin
Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland, Canada. He is the author of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. Fire, Fog and Water is the 8th book in the series. A Long Ways from Home, was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year and Darkest Before the Dawn won for the 2018 Bony Blithe Award. Mike is currently Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers.
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