The Whitstable Pearl mystery

Julie Wassmer

Book - 2015

"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...9;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." --

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Series
Wassmer, Julie. Whitstable Pearl mystery ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
London : Constable 2015.
Language
English
Physical Description
310 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN
9781472118998
1472118995
Main Author
Julie Wassmer (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Oyster bar owner and empty nester Pearl Nolan, the heroine of this enjoyable series launch from British author Wassmer (More than Just Coincidence, an autobiography), has decided what she needs is to open her own detective agency in the North Kent coast town of Whitstable, even though the town is hardly experiencing a crime wave, which is precisely why Det. Chief Insp. Mike McGuire requested a transfer there from London. He's looking for a respite. But when Pearl discovers the body of an old friend, fisherman Vinnie Rowe, floating near his boat, her long dormant crime detection senses reawaken. Suspecting foul play, she's eager to investigate or at least help the police. McGuire's not so certain he wants her help. Besides, he's also not so sure he can rule her out as a suspect. Meanwhile, Pearl's mother, Dolly, thinks her single mom daughter and the single DCI make a handsome couple. Between the travel brochure descriptions of this scenic tourist locale and its divertingly quirky inhabitants, cozy fans are in for a treat. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Pearl Nolan discovers the body of a local fisherman on the eve of Whitstable's oyster festival, she seizes the opportunity to uncover the truth, but soon finds herself in conflict with Canterbury's chief inspector.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An intriguing debut mystery novel combining seafood, murder and a multitasking heroine in a gorgeous seaside location!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl'Daily Mail

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery is the first book in Julie Wassmer's popular crime series - now a major Acorn TV drama, Whitstable Pearl, starring Kerry Godliman as private detective and restaurateur, Pearl Nolan.

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 . . .

Praise for Julie Wassmer's Whitstable Pearl Mysteries...

'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

'As light as a Mary Berry Victoria sponge, this Middle-England romp is packed with vivid characters' Myles McWeeney, Irish Independent

'All of the thrills without any of the gore' The Sun

'This is a quality title...a very entertaining read' The Puzzle Doctor

'My new favourite author in the genre' George Galloway

'A wonderful way to explore Whitstable . . . if you love cosy mysteries, then get acquainted with Pearl (and her mum and her cats!) and enjoy a trip to Whitstable through the eyes of this very convincing author' Trip Fiction

'Proves she's mistress of her craft' John McGhie, author of White Highlands

'Thoroughly enjoyable with a host of wonderful characters - I adore Dolly! - and evocative descriptions of Whitstable. Perfect for foodies too. Pearl is great and the ongoing will they/won't they love story with McGuire is compelling. Comforting, cosy and entertaining with excellent Agatha Christie-style reveals. I love these books!' Jane Wenham-Jones, author of Mum in the Middle

'If you enjoy cosy crime fiction and you still haven't picked this series, then you are missing out' Alba in Bookland

'Julie Wassmer really knows how to tell a story' Victoria Best, Shiny New Books

'Good, solid whodunits, without gruesome details or gratuitous violence, Murder on Sea may be just your cup of tea' -- Bec Stafford

'Come to Whitstable without actually coming to Whitstable. A good read!' Anthony Jemmett

Praise for the TV series

'Scandi noir meets the English seaside in Whitstable Pearl, a murder mystery series based on Julie Wassmer's novels...' Drama Quarterly

'...explores all the murder and debauchery in the seemingly perfect English seaside town of Whitstable...' Washington Post

'...you never know what might turn up, either on the menu or alongside an oyster boat.' Wall Street Journal