Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wednesday's Favorites: The Whitstable Pearl Mystery

Welcome to the Wednesday's Favorites post. In the Wednesday's Favorites post I will talk about a book I loved and that I think deserves a little more attention. I read popular books, but also many books that aren’t so popular (yet). In this post all sorts of books from all sorts of genre’s will have a chance to shine. Today’s Wednesday's Favorites is 'The Whitstable Pearl Mystery' by Julie Wassmer, a book I read in March.

The Book:
An 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 . . .

The Facts:

Publication Date:                           March 5th, 2015 by Constable 
Pages:                                           320
Genre:                                           Mystery, Crime
Average Goodreads Rating:         3.61
Average Amazon Rating:              4.0

Praise for 'The Whitstable Pearl Mystery':

This is a well-written page-turner, with enough twists and emotional hooks to keep you interested. Evocative descriptions of coastal Whitstable (Wassmer’s real-life home) make the setting a character in its own right. This is the first in a series so, if you like it, you’ve found yourself a new go-to heroine.

It’s hooking, it’s captivating, vivid, witty, clever and not too demanding, not too complicated (and it’s a compliment!).

This story, which is to be the first of a series, is very much for readers who like traditional British mysteries set in a traditional British seaside resort which incidentally sounds delightful and well worth exploring. Recommended.

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.

Buy Links:

This book is available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, the iBookstore, Waterstones, WHSmith and Kobo.

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.

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