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.
Martin was born in St. John’s but now lives in Ottawa. A veteran freelance writer, his work has been published in newspapers, magazines and online both nationally and internationally.
In addition to the mystery series, Martin is also author of “Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People.”
Martin’s connection to the Grand Bank area is through is partner Joan Riggs, who bought her grandfather’s home about a decade ago and has been restoring it ever since.
“Both of us love being in Grand Bank. It’s a beautiful community. We love to get out and walk along the water. Just being close to the ocean is good for me.”
Martin said fiction writing is much different than his work as a freelancer.
“The freelance writing I do, I have to think about it. Whereas, the fiction writing about Windflower is pure creative writing. It’s imagination; it comes from my heart rather than my head.”
“A Tangled Web” is available on Kindle and Kobo and at Chapters/Indigo. The book is also available at The Downhome Shoppe on Water Street and Elaine’s Books on Duckworth Street in St. John’s. For more information about Martin and other places to purchase the book visit www.sgtwindflowermysteries.com or search Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook.