Come back to Grand Bank for another great adventure in Sgt. Windflower Mysteries…
By Mike Martin
RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower is at a crossroads as career opportunities intrude on his near-perfect life in the blustery paradise of Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Just as the pandemic ends, the little oceanside communities are rocked by the murders of prominent figures, an RCMP Staff Sergeant in St. John’s and a minister in Grand Bank, and it’s implied that there are national security implications to at least one crime. There’s also a sinister new character hanging around doing the parish’s dirty work. Windflower finds himself a primary investigator, balancing work, potential major changes, and life with a young family while seeking guidance from his ancestral teachings and dreams.
Are the crimes connected, and can Windflower and his team find the killer before they strike again? Even as the police work becomes more complicated and even dangerous, Sgt. Windflower finds time to enjoy his family, his friends and always some great food. Come back to Grand Bank for another great adventure in Sgt. Windflower Mysteries.
Mike Martin brings the current world events into the eleventh book of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. I have not read any of the previous books, so to jump in at book eleven felt crazy. However, Buried Secrets does read as a stand alone and I was absolutely able to enjoy the mysterious and cozy feel of this novel without reading the other ten books first. Buried Secrets is perfect for reading this time of year during Autumn and certainly for Winter too.
As if a pandemic that feels like a complete shut down for a very small area is not enough. Then, when life starts to become “normal” again, there are murders to add to the mix. There are other aspects going on that feel as though having those murders to focus on is something of a relief. There are also mentions of open and closed cases of missing young women. Cases of girls, sex trafficking’s, drugs, troubled teens. It’s all part of what Sgt. Windflower and his friends make part of their work, to get those girls help, off the streets, into good, safe places. That and investigating murder is the build. These things create personalities for Sgt. Windflower and the people in his life. The focus is how Sgt. Windflower deals with his work, his spirit, his family and with everything around him.
The backdrop is described in long drives with the beautiful scenery of nature, a loving family and many spiritual practices, all in a small community where everyone knows everyone. Sgt. Windflower is portrayed as a spiritualist attuned with the earth, his ancestors and the connection with all things that sparks an incredibly interesting setting. That mindset provides a stable and calm character that leads the story as well as the investigations into the murders and other ongoing cases. The mood set in this story is an easy going, charming, good kind of vibe. Something to really get cozy with on a cold winter night.
I love the writing style of the author Mike Martin. A feel-good story with plenty of sharp details that kept everything rolling and building. It was incredibly easy to fall in love with the characters and to connect with Sgt. Windflower.