Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review 'The Whitstable Pearl Mystery' by Julie Wassmer intriguing debut mystery novel combining seafood, murder and a multitasking heroine in a gorgeous seaside location!

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 . . .

My Review:

I received ‘The Whitstable Pearl Mystery’ through the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. I love all kinds of book and this book sounded really good. The cover is beautiful and I couldn’t wait to start reading this one.

In ‘The Whistable Pearl Mystery’ we meet Pearl Nolan, a thirty nine year old who ones had a dream of becoming a detective. But Pearl got pregnant when she was really young and never got achieve her dream after that. Now Pearl is the owner of one of the most popular oyster restaurants in Whitstable. But ever since her son went to college Pearl has been feeling like maybe this is the time to pursuit her dream. Pearl opens a little detective agency and when her first client comes around she is excited to finaly achieve her dream. But this client isn’t really one for her. And when Pearl finds the dead body of a local fishermen everything changes. Pearl decides to prove her detective skills and soon she and Chief Inspector McGuire are in conflict and are both trying to find who is killing in Whitstable.

From the moment I started reading ‘The Whistable Pearl Mystery’ I really enjoyed this book. Pearl was an amazing character. She is a really hard working and kind woman and I loved the way she interacted with people. This book is written in a very descriptive kind of way, which made me love the little town of Whitstable and their citizens.

I think this book is the perfect example of a cozy mystery. It’s fun to read, exciting and the characters and the town life are just as amazing as the detective part. I would really recommend this book to everyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. This book is definitely a good one.. and boy.. I really love that cover. 

My Rating:


About the Author:

Julie Wassmer is 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.

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery is the first in her series of crime novels, involving multi-tasking private detective-come-restauranteur, Pearl Nolan.

Julie lives in Whitstable and is well known for her environmental campaigning.

For more information about Julie Wassmer and her books please visit Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

Many thanks to Florence Partridge and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this book.


  1. I am so very pleased that you enjoyed my book, Maureen! It's my first novel so I'm thrilled by your review. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. I have posted your review to my Facebook Author page where readers will find more news about all the books from this Whitstable Pearl crime series. The second book, Murder-on-Sea will be out in October. Here's the link and thanks once again!

    1. You're very welcome! I really enjoyed the book and I loved the characters. Thank you for visiting my page and sharing on Facebook.
      I will definitely keep an eye out on your next book ;)


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