- File Size: 12408 KB
- Print Length: 113 pages
- Publisher: Ottawa Press and Publishing (August 19, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WSRLXMK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Christmas in Newfoundland — Memories and Mysteries: A Sgt. Windflower Book (The Sgt. Windflower Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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For those for whom this is the first exposure to the series, the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series shares tales about a Mountie who finds himself with a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Many of the characters from the first volume remain and most assuredly the setting of the dramas remains a place we learn to know well, but Mike has that uncanny ability to open a new story with enough mix of entertainment and magnetizing hints of the mystery to come to capture the attention and imagination. For example, in the first paragraphs we read, ‘They are now in their seventies, slowing physically but sharp of mind and wit. Despite the twinkle in their eyes when asked what it was like growing up in Grand Bank, they seem reticent at first to open up about those days so long ago. “Cold” he says when asked what winter was like, hoping this on-word answer will slow the questioning. But his partner decides more can be offered. “Banks of snow,” she says, “up to the rooftops.” “No, up to the tops of fences,” he counters. Now the game is on, and she will not be slowed down. “Don’t you remember we used to be over at old Mrs. Pike’s after a snowfall, and we could climb up on top of the snow and look in through her bedroom window?” And so it begins, this long slow stroll through winter and Christmas past in the small Town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland, home of adventure and the famous Grand Bank schooner, and for a ten-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, a world of magic and wonder.’
Mike summarizes the plot in his synopsis: ‘Christmas in Newfoundland is a special time. In the depths of long winter nights memories are made and stories are told. Of Christmas by candlelight and horse and buggy rides to church. Of shopping on Water Street in St. John’s before malls and the Internet. In later years, Sgt. Windflower came to work and then to stay in the quiet town of Grand Bank by the Atlantic Ocean where the salt air froze in the wind and the Mounties were welcomed to warm themselves by every fire. Come and warm yourself by the fire and hear their stories. Some memories and some mysteries. Enjoy some holiday time with Sgt. Windflower and all the familiar characters that you’d come to know and love. Good food, good friends and always another chair at the table.’
This is one finely written mystery, complete with all the aspects of mature writing that allow the description to be ‘a cozy mystery’. It has it all. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, August 19
I really enjoyed this volume of the series. I have not read the previous one but now I am eager to do so. I liked very much the author’s writing style and how descriptions were portrayed. The plots- for the stories are very good and characters well described.
I have always liked Christmas stories, so every time I have the chance I read about this topic and this one was a very good read. As this is not a long book is great to enjoy during a weekend; it has a bit more than a hundred pages. I will absolutely recommend reading Christmas in Newfundland to all the family.
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I adored reading this collection of stories depicting St Johns and Grand Bank over Christmas periods past and present.
Mike Martin paints pictures and creates atmosphere so clearly with his writing and elicits some rather emotional responses to the love and kindnesses shown at this particular time of year through his wonderful characters and memories. Goodness - when Winston saves Christmas - well, have tissues nearby.
You are given more background and family information on the past lives of his characters and feel you know them even better, through some sadness and a lot of joy and surprises. In fact I'm pretty sure that if I travelled to Grand Bank I'd bump into them all and take great delight in telling them just how much I know about their lives over a coffee in the Mug-Up! They are all such NICE people.
This book is nostalgic (for those of us over a certain age, and who don't happen to live in Newfoundland) of white Christmases, real Christmas trees and multi-coloured lights, traditions, and the joy of sharing with family and friends where the act of giving is an act of love - however rich or poor you may be.
It's a lovely read and sated my cravings for more of Winston Windflower until his new adventure is released in October.
Only criticism - wished it had been longer.