Title: Beneath the Surface A Sgt Windflower Mystery
Author: Mike Martin
Number of Pages: 358
Synopsis: Sgt. Windflower is back and as usual he’s loving life on the east coast. He may be a long way from his home in Northern Alberta but he has been adopted by the locals as almost one of their own. He has a good life, good work with the RCMP, and a good woman that he has grown closer to in his years on the southeast coast of Newfoundland. But trouble is brewing just beneath the surface of this calm and charm-filled existence.
It begins with the discovery of a dead girl’s body in St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. The girl is from Grand Bank where Windflower has been stationed for the last few years. Sgt. Windflower and his associate Corporal Eddie Tizzard are pulled further and further into the case. The situation also grows to include a whole array of criminal activities from human trafficking and even the Russian Mafia.
Along the way Windflower not only has to deal with this crime wave operating all around the region, but with some challenges in his own life. He has to go back to his Aboriginal roots to find the answers to some very deep and disturbing questions. But nothing seems to bother his appetite and joy for life, especially his appetite. He continues to sample traditional Newfoundland dishes like fish and brewis but he also expands to include pan-fried sea trout and baked salmon, along with a range of desserts from blueberry buckle to his all-time favourite, peanut butter cheesecake.
His faith in the police force, that has become his life, is also threatened by a series of events that he becomes aware of that are certainly immoral if not even illegal. He is forced to face not only his own personal demons but those in real life that are lurking all around us. Sometime they are right in front of our face, but at other times they are hiding deep beneath the surface, waiting to be resolved.
Beneath the Surface is a mesmerizing mystery brimming with murder and corruption. Readers will be compelled to continue reading just to see what happens next.
The body of a collage student is discovered and officials suspect murder. The young woman is from Grand Bank and Sgt. Windflower becomes intrigued by her death. There is very little information to go on, but the large sum of cash the woman is carrying and a hefty bank account arise suspicion. Since Windflower calls Grand Bank home and his girlfriend Sheila knew the woman he decides to keep tabs on the case.
But, Sgt. Windflower has bigger problems. Troubling dreams and a crazy uncle who's stirring up trouble are just the tip of the iceberg. As a well respected Mountie with the RCMP Sgt. Windflower is asked to look into a suspected human trafficking ring that threatens to unload a whole lot of crime to the region. Sgt. Windflower certainly has his work cut out for him and the truth about the young woman's murder will shock everyone.
I found Beneath the Surface to be an eloquently written good clean mystery full of plot twists and excitement. The author goes into great detail describing the setting, so much so that I felt as though I was seeing it for myself. He also shares many delectable foods, which left my stomach rumbling a time or two (I am a fan of peanut butter cheesecake as well). Sgt. Windflower is of Cree decent and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the beliefs and traditions of these fascinating people . Sgt. Windflower is a well rounded and easily likable character and readers will be drawn to his honesty and down to earth charm.
I must add that I have not read the previous two books in the series, but was able to join right in without feeling lost.
I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Beneath the Surface. Available on Amazon.