Murder-on-Sea (Whitstable Pearl Mysteries) (Paperback)
'While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl'Daily Mail
Murder-on-Sea is the second 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.
It's not the season of good will to all men...
The festive month is kicking off in style and Pearl is rushed off her feet with her restaurant, The Whitstable Pearl. She's also busy planning her own family Christmas and providing mulled wine for a charity church fundraiser when Christmas cards begin arriving all over town - filled with spiteful messages from an anonymous writer.
Pearl's curiosity is piqued but having pledged not to take on a case at her detective agency before Christmas, she reluctantly agrees that Canterbury's DCI Mike McGuire should take over; poisoned pen cards are after all a matter for the police. And with only the church fundraiser now between Pearl and Christmas, she invites McGuire along as her guest. The event appears to be a great success; St Alfred's church hall is packed and Pearl happily finds herself standing close to McGuire beneath some mistletoe . . . but then a guest suddenly collapses. Too much of Pearl's delicious mulled wine - or could it be something more sinister?
The last thing Pearl expects for Christmas is murder but soon the bodies are piling up. Can Pearl possibly solve the mystery in time to make 25th December an unforgettable day - or will the murderer contrive to ensure her goose is well and truly cooked before then?
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
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.
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
If you enjoy cosy crime fiction and you still haven't picked this series, then you are missing out—Alba in Bookland
This is just straightforwardly excellent cosy crime ... Julie Wassmer really knows how to tell a story—Victoria Best, Shiny New Books
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
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