• The Walker on the Cape

  • Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Mike Martin
  • Narrated by: Francis G. Kearney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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The Walker on the Cape

By: Mike Martin
Narrated by: Francis G. Kearney
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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.

©2012 Mike Martin (P)2019 Mike Martin

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One of my favourites!

RCMP, law-enforcement, Canada, Newfoundland, murder-investigation, organized-crime, procedural, police-corruption

***** Excellent! Super mystery with lots of interesting characters and plot twists set in Newfoundland, CA. The main character is Sgt Windflower who originally hailed from Alberta, but has come to really enjoy the work and the people of the allegedly sleepy small town near the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first in series and sets the pace for the rest. I happened to start with number five so maybe I enjoyed this one a differently, but don't let that stop anyone else from beginning wherever they might. The publisher's blurb gives some good hints and there's no need for recap or spoilers. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Another well-written story from a very good author

The Walker on the Cape (Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series Book 1), my third enjoyable read from author Mike Martin. Well-written with intriguing primary characters and a captivating storyline. In particular Sgt. Windflower's character makes him the kind of person you'd love to associate with and that explains the budding relationship with Sheila I didn't do myself any favors by reading book 6, then book 3 first but that was what I owned. Now I have to price shop other books in the series to read next. “I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it. Francis G. Kearney's narration with his hint of an accent is perfect for this book. I'll definitely be reading more from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Couldn’t Get Into This One

I found the dialogue stilted and the characters unsympathetic. Windflower is not a Brunetti or even a Montalbano.

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Great New Series!

New to me, anyway. I love the narrator's voice, and learning about a new place is always a bonus! Please add the rest of the titles in the series...

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Good read

The Walker on the Cape is a well-crafted story of a man who ends up dead on his walk, with the world calling it suicide but one man believing his instincts that it was in fact, murder. The story moves at a sound pace, but there are times when it does get a little slow. I'd have loved to have some more thrill or action within the plotline, but it still flows well. Also, it would have been more fun to listen had there been some more twists or an additional mystery to keep things alive. Don't get me wrong; this is a great audio book and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries. There was an element of surprise in the book, and the author has done a great job of sticking to the storyline throughout; never once does the story dawdle. Finished this book within 2 days and already bought the next!

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Well Read

The Walker on the Cape: Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Book 1 by Mike Martin is a murder mystery set in Newfoundland. The reader sounds like he is from that area and it makes the book even that much better. Elias Martin dies as he takes a walk along the cape, a walk he took daily. During the autopsy it is found that he died of poisoning. Sergeant Winston Windflower of the RCMP is the lead investigator, with his sidekick Tizzard. I enjoyed the story and really liked that the story was of Canadian Mounties. Definitely worth the purchase to listen to.

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He said he said he said

Good characters, good plot. Horrible dialogue. He said he said he said. I can’t believe the editor did not help this author out with OTHER VERBS. Or suggested constructing dialogue, he looked into her green eyes, what do you think? As he reached for his cup of coffee. NO “HE SAID” NECESSARY. The narrator was very pleasant to listen too.

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A great opening to a mystery series

Even though my native language is not English, I have found very relaxing to listen to audiobooks, especially those that keep me on the edge of my seat. The Walker on the Cape is the perfect example of a mystery book, with many twists and turns, and a town filled with secrets. Sgt. Windflower is being set face to face with an interesting case, that firstly seemed like an accident, but, in fact, is a murder. The whole investigation brings to the surface the fact that every town has its little secrets. Being the first of the series, I am looking forward to reading more from Mike Marin and see what the Sergeant will try to solve next.

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Good Job!

The Walker on the Cape Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Book 1 written by Mike Martin and Narrated by Francis G. Kearney, it is a simple story about a murdered man and the way they do the investigation in a little town on the eastern coast of Canada. The story starts with comments about the man that is found dead in the Cape, Elias, he was a widow that misses his dead wife and how he talks to her every morning while he walks to the Cape. When they find him, they think it was a heart attack, but then the coroner find some poison in the body, so it turns to be a murder and the Sergeant Windflower starts his investigation, I love this character, because unlike many other “principals” he is a simple man with a simple life, and he does his best to do a great job. He also has his heart on Shiela, the owner of the local coffee shop. The narrator is very good, he pronounces the words completely and articulated so is very easy to understand what he says, capital in an audiobook, also he gives the right inflection all the time and even he changes his voice to do the women voices different a little more acute.
I love the story because of its simplicity but at the same time the mystery enough to make you continue hearing the book.

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A slow moving mystery

“The Walker On The Cape” is the first book of the Windflower series. The story is about a man whom, after he lost his wife, takes a long walk around the coast every day at the same time each day. One day, this man’s body was found and everyone thinks the death is a result of stroke or heart attack. Sergeant Winston Windflower takes on the case as it is later discovered that the man had been poisoned. The secrets of this small community are then slowly uncovered in the process of Windflower’s investigation.

The story plot is rather interesting but I find that the pace is too slow. I find myself speeding up the audio to get the story moving faster. I think the suspense of the story took too long to build up and I lost interest somewhere in the middle. I also have to admit that I didn’t enjoy the narration all that much.

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