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The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer
  

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Who would have thought Whitstable was such a centre of crime? First it seems there is some mystery surrounding the oyster beds, then two connected dead bodies turn up within days of each other. Both are discovered by Pearl, local restaurant owner and private detective. Then there is a mystery surrounding the development of an old World War II building on the harbour into a luxury hotel. Round it all are Pearl’s family and employees; lots of characters to keep tabs on, lots of confusion, lots of fun. A nice, gentle, twisted, comfortable crime tale. It begins a series.

If you like Julie Wassmer you might also like to read books by Simon Brett, M C Beaton and Lesley Cookman.

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Synopsis

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer

Pearl Nolan always wanted to be a detective but life, and a teenage pregnancy, got in the way of a police career and instead she built up a successful seafood restaurant in her coastal home town of Whitstable - famous for its native oysters. Now, at 39, and with son Charlie away at university, Pearl finds herself suffering from empty nest syndrome ...until she discovers the drowned body of local oyster fisherman Vinnie Rowe, weighted down with an anchor chain, on the eve of Whitstable's annual oyster festival. Is it a tragic accident, suicide - or murder? Pearl seizes the opportunity to prove her detection skills and discover the truth but she soon finds herself in conflict with Canterbury city police detective, Chief Inspector Mike McGuire. Then another body is discovered - and Pearl finds herself trawling the past for clues, triggering memories of another emotional summer more than twenty years ago ...

Reviews

If you like the TV series 'Midsomer Murders', then May Day Murder should be right up your alley * The Crime Warp on May Day Murder * If you enjoy cosy mystery stories and good, solid whodunits, without gruesome details or gratuitous violence, Murder on Sea may be just your cup of tea -- Bec Stafford This is just straightforwardly excellent cosy crime ... Julie Wassmer really knows how to tell a story -- Victoria Best * Shiny New Books on Murder-On-Sea * If you enjoy cosy crime fiction and you still haven't picked this series, then you are missing out * Alba in Bookland * While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl . . . True to the tradition of classic crime, [Julie Wassmer] weaves a strong story into a setting that has more to offer than murder and mayhem * Daily Mail *


About the Author

Julie Wassmer is a a professional televison drama writer, working on various series including ITV's London's Burning, C5's Family Affairs and BBC's Eastenders - which she worked on for 20 years. Her autobiography More Than Just Coincidence, was Mumsnet Book of the Year 2011.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th March 2015

Author

Julie Wassmer

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Publisher

Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781472116482

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