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Beneath the Surface by Mike Martin
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Beneath the Surface

by Mike Martin

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Sgt. Winston Windflower, head of the Grand Bank RCMP Detachment in Newfoundland, has just returned from an assignment in Marystown when he hears about the murder of Amy Parsons, a local girl who was going to university in St. John’s. At the same time, he is given a human trafficking case that seems to suggest that Newfoundland is not as quiet as people may think. Add to this the surprise visit of his uncle from Alberta, and the return of Windflower’s girlfriend from rehab after a serious car accident, and the sergeant is a busy man indeed!

Beneath the Surface is the third book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. It is a suspenseful read, and it contains vivid and beautiful descriptions of Newfoundland and its weather. I thought it was interesting that Sgt. Winston Windflower was of Cree heritage, and it fit in nicely with the story. There were also fun references to movies and books throughout the novel. However, I don’t think that the reader needed to know when Sgt. Winston Windflower took a bath, or what he ate for each meal. A few references to local cuisine would have been enough to give the reader a sense of what Newfoundlanders liked to eat. In addition, I thought the strike at the fish plant didn’t really fit in the story. In fact, while the author talks about important and interesting subjects (human trafficking, sexual harassment, corruption, etc.), there were too many subplots in the book. It was an entertaining novel though, and I certainly would like to read more about Sgt. Windflower’s adventures as a Canadian Mountie.

Beneath the Surface was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

To read the full review, please go to my blog (Cecile Sune - Book Obsessed). ( )
  cecile.sune | Oct 24, 2014 |
Everything changes when the quiet, serene community of southeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, is shaken up by the murder of Amy Parsons, a champion rower in the Women's Championship Race at the St. John's Regatta. And suddenly nothing seems to make sense anymore. What was the purpose of the Chinese tourists, led by a Russian tour guide earlier in the year? The discovery of a pink mobile phone with the numbers of prominent public officials including a judge and a Member of the House of Assembly, and senior police officers from both the RCMP and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary are kept a secret. Possible exposure will have several heads rolling; people are nervous; and sergeant Windflower is center to all the mayhem which secretly rages through the inner circle of power and privilege. Loyalty and friendships are tested. Yes, some powerful people are looking to bury this stuff deeper than the mines on Bell Island and sergeant Windflower's sense of fairness is in the way.

Through it all, Windflower is bombarded with weird dreams, which only his uncle Frank, a dream weaver, can interpret. A new world of voices from the past opens up for Windflower.

It is as much a community story as it is a detective, murder mystery; just as much a love story as it is a celebration of Canadian customs and cultures, a travel journal. Informative, yes. A gentle, dignified approach to serious issues. The combination of all these elements ensures that the community of Grand Bank won't be forgotten. I loved the opportunity to be back and enjoying their company again. This book is the next best thing to living there!

A much enjoyable read, due to all the combined elements in the book ( )
  Margitte123 | Jul 4, 2014 |
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