Darkest Before The Dawn is the latest adventure in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the popular Maritime tales about a Mountie who finds himself with a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Ghosts, mysterious deaths, and a new, perplexing character confront Windflower, Tizzard and the other police officers in Grand Bank as they unearth secrets that have been lying hidden in the sleepy hamlet for decades. A fast-moving mystery, Darkest Before The Dawn is also a story of love, loss and learning how to grow old gracefully; a tale of family, community and looking after each other, of not giving up hope, just before the dawn (Summary via Goodreads)
Darkest Before the Dawn is the seventh book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series by Mike Martin and I hope that you are as big a fan as I am.
The Sgt. Windflower Mystery series follows Sgt. Winston Windflower around as he carries on his life. Windflower lives in a little place called Grand Bank, Newfoundland where he oversees the local police force. Windflower is married to the Mayor, Sheila, and they have just welcomed their daughter Amelia Louise into the world. While Windflower is trying to navigate being a father, he still has to go to work and even when things are slow, they are never boring for him.
In Darkest Before the Dawn a crying cat leads to a dead body, a local teen attempts to kill himself which opens up a big can of worms, Windflower and Sheila are preparing to open up a new B & B, and Uncle Frank is visiting......
When the body of Jacob Crowder is found, not only is Windflower left with an orphaned cat but a mysterious death. Everybody knew of Jacob Crowder but no one really knew him. He kept to himself and didn't seen to cause trouble..... that is until his death and Windflower and crew do some digging. Crowder had many secrets and a lot of questions that need answers.
Darkest Before the Dawn continues to show Windflower as he grows and navigates fatherhood and his transititioning with Sheila into owners of a B & B. In this book readers are seeing a very, very happy man....which we don't always see. Windflower does have his moments but with Uncle Frank there and Windflowers continued practice of smudging and getting close to nature and himself, he remains grounded and positive.
I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. I love seeing the changes in Windflower, his friends, and his family. I love reading about his every day life, even when it is boring and he is just hanging around at home with Sheila and the baby. I look forward to the next book to see how he navigates opening up the B & B for the season and how he is going to juggle that with the police responsibilities. You know as much as I do that he will have a hard time letting go of that job....it is a part of him and he is a part of it.
Review by Missi M.