A Twist of Fortune is the fourth book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series and it continues the adventures of Sgt. Windflower as he tries to solve crime and experience the joy and the sadness of life in a small maritime community. Follow along as he feels the sometimes bitter taste of an east coast winter and the unique culinary delights of this part of the world.
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About the Author
Mike Martin is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have been published in many different countries. He is the author of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series: The Walker on the Cape, The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, and A Twist of Fortune.
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I received this book from the author as a prize in a trivia contest. I have been wanting to read one of Mike Martin's books and I finally got the chance. I really enjoyed it! I didn't feel like I missed out by not reading the other books in the series. And I did feel like I got to know Sgt. Windflower and his girlfriend, Sheila, as I was reading. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the snowy weather. Some day I would like to visit Newfoundland. Thanks, Mr. Martin, for the good read!
At the beginning of A Twist of Fortune, Sergeant Winston Windflower watches in dismay as his girlfriend, Sheila, gets arrested during an illegal protest at the local fish plant. Then a snowstorm hits Grand Bank, Newfoundland, and a pharmacist dies in a car accident on the highway. What seems to be a straightforward investigation turns out to be a lot more when a body is discovered in the trunk of the car. A Twist of Fortune is the fourth book in the Sgt. Windflower series. The story is interesting and fun to read. Its main character is a likable mountie who doesn’t shy away from his duties and is honest and fair. His girlfriend, Sheila, has a bigger role in this book which is great as she was a little too in the background in the previous novels. Mike Martin’s love of Newfoundland is evident when he writes about its history, its weather, and its fishing industry. The author also gives a glimpse into the aboriginal culture, as Windflower has a Cree heritage. For example, the main character performs smudge rituals in the mornings and is attentive to the significance of dreams. Short chapters give the story a certain rhythm, but I must say that I found it slow going at times. In addition, in the previous installment of the Sgt. Windflower series, Sheila was supposed to go back to school to study nursing, but there’s no mention of this in the new book. On the whole though, I enjoyed A Twist of Fortune and found that the author had made a lot of progress in his writing since Beneath the Surface. Readers who like a good mystery and descriptions of small town living will certainly appreciate this book. A Twist of Fortune was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
The Silent Hero – A review of the novel ‘A Twist of Fortune’ “The trick to being smart is knowing when to play dumb.” - V. Alexander Author Mike Martin’s novel ‘A Twist of Fortune’ tells the tale of Sergeant Winston Windflower of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A small fishing community called Grand Bank in Newfoundland, Canada reels under the effects of globalization as their local fishing industry is systematically taken apart. But this tight-knit community is rocked even further by the discovery of a couple of dead bodies in a car during a snow storm. And Sgt. Windflower and his efficient team of police force must not only solve the case but deal with a nasty snow storm threatening to double their workload. Even though this is the fourth book in the series, the narrative never lets you feel like you’ve jumped midway into the timeline of someone’s life story. It patiently goes about setting the background for the town and its characters and you quickly get accustomed to its pace and setting. Another thing that I personally liked was that all the characters in this novel have proper sounding names and along with their personalities, seem like folks you would meet in the real world. The nitty-gritty of police work, the unglamorous side that often goes unnoticed in fiction is really explored here. Does this make the narrative a little slow? Sure, but it also makes the story that more believable. There are a lot of minor action points that moves the story forward. The description of the cold & gloomy snowy weather incites the reader that something sinister is going to happen soon and you keep flipping the pages forward in anticipation. There are also definite overtones of social activism within the book and subtle commentary on environmental neglect and destruction of local industries as capitalism spreads unchecked. Sgt. Windflower is unlike any cop or detective that appears in fictional novels. He isn’t a wild card who goes after criminals like a rampaging bull, he isn’t even a reluctant hero who finally steps up and does something heroic. He is the face, body and soul of countless policemen from all around the world that quietly goes about doing their job, solving crimes and putting bad people behind bars. There’s nothing flashy about him, he’s the quiet hero who loves taking plenty of naps, enjoying a good cup of coffee and the best of exotic cuisine. But he’s also extremely disciplined and gets the job done by working extremely hard at it. Even the secondary characters like Tizzard, Sheila, Evanchuck and MacDonald make an impression with their non-stereotypical portrayal and unique personalities. The snow clad setting, the leisurely pace of the narrative and a no-nonsense but humane lead makes A Twist of Fortune a mystery thriller with a difference. It’s a book that requires and rewards your patience.
Plenty of twists and turns here! I have delved into this series at book four and was initially concerned that I would not fully appreciate the characters and the backdrop to the plot. I need not have worried. The writing is so well crafted that without repeating large blocks of backstory to bring new readers up to speed I quickly understood and could relate to the professional and personal relationships playing out within this crime fiction novel. The character of Sgt Winston Windflower is likeable, but well respected. His professional relationship with his peers and his personal one with Sheila highlights his strengths and weaknesses wonderfully. The plot is seemingly simple to start with, but quickly develops in complexity as we move from a pharmacist involved in a car crash in snow enveloped Grand Bank to a story involving a body in the trunk of the car and drug dealers. The setting is obviously well known and experienced by the author as the attention to detail means you can sense the impending implications of snow drifts, road closures and extremes of weather impacting on emergency services. This is a captivating read and I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy the crime fiction genre.