Author: Mike Martin
Narrator: Francis G. Kearney
Length: 5 hours and 50 minutes
Series: Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Book 1
Publisher: Mike Martin
Released: Mar. 18, 2019
Genre: Modern Detective
A man's body is found on the Cape in a small fishing community on the East Coast. At first, everyone thinks it's a heart attack or stroke. But then it is discovered that he was poisoned. Who would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Sergeant Winston Windflower of the RCMP along with his trusted sidekick, Eddie Tizzard. Along the way, they discover that there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and powerful people who want to keep it that way. Windflower also discovers two more things: a love of living in a small community that is completely different from his upbringing in a remote Indian reserve and maybe the love of his life. He gets a taste of East Coast food and hospitality as well as a sense of how crime and corruption can linger beneath the surface or hide in the thick blanket of fog that sometimes creeps in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
We’re thrilled to be talking to Sgt. Winston Windflower from Mike Martin’s The Walker on the Cape.
- Thank you for your interview, Sgt. Windflower. How old are you and what do you do for a living?
- Hi. I am an RCMP officer, a Canadian Mountie. I’m a Cree from Northern Alberta who is stationed in a small fishing community on the east coast of Canada, called Grand Bank.
- What would I love the most about you?
- I think you would love my honesty and basic decency. I try and treat everyone and everything with respect. Somebody once called me the ‘nicest Mountie’ in Canada.
- What makes you laugh out loud?
- Eddie Tizzard, my long-time friend and side-kick always makes me laugh. He has these funny sayings that all Newfoundlanders use that make no sense at all, and he is a true innocent in the world. That makes him a joy to be around. I smile every time I see him, and as soon as he opens his mouth, I almost always start laughing.
- What is your most treasured possession?
- My most treasured possession is an eagle feather than once belonged to my grandfather who was the chief of my nation. I use it to smudge in the morning. Smudging is part of my spiritual traditions. You light a bowl of sacred herbs and medicines and then use the feather to pass the smoke over your heart, your head and your body.
- Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
- I think so. Sometimes he screws up and gets things a bit wrong, but then I give him a gentle nudge to help him get back on track. I wish he wouldn’t always be pointing out my faults, especially to the love of my life, my wife, Sheila Hillier. She loves that.
- What is your idea of a perfect day?
- A perfect day for me would be a run with Lady, my dog, in the morning. Then breakfast with my wife, Sheila, followed by an afternoon spent picking blueberries. I love the quiet, meditative act of picking berries. Plus, Sheila might make a blueberry buckle for dessert later. The perfect ending would be an evening in with Sheila and some special time together, if you know what I mean.
- What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?
- Bread, home-made or a fresh baquette. Cheese, several varieties including hard and soft and if they have it, a Stilton with mango pieces. I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. And some fresh fruit, whatever is in season is the best.
- Who is your best friend?
- I have three best friends. Eddie Tizzard who I describe above. My wife and confidant, Sheila Hillier who I trust with my life. And Lady, my collie who truly is this Mountie’s best friend.
- Do you have children?
- No. But we are expected our first child. My Auntie Marie says it’s a girl. And she should know because she is a dream weaver, someone who can interpret dreams. She and my Uncle Frank are teaching me how to do it as well.
- Do you like to cook? If so, what is your favorite thing to cook?
- I love to eat. But I also love to cook. My specialty since I came to Grand Bank is pan-fried cod with something called scrunchions. They are small pieces of fat-back pork that are fried to a crisp and sprinkled over the top of the perfectly browned cod fish. I’m hungry just thinking about it. Aren’t you?