Friday, April 15, 2016

Review 'May Day Murder' by Julie Wassmer
It's springtime and Whitstable is emerging from hibernation.

While neither the restaurant nor detective agency is too busy, Pearl resolves to spend some time at the family allotment. But her best friend, Nathan, has persuaded one of his favourite actresses to open the May Day festivities at Whitstable Castle and involves Pearl in his plans.

Like Pearl, Faye Marlowe is a Whitstable native, but having left the town more than two decades ago, the star has been living in the South of France since her agent's phone stopped ringing. Charming but 'sensitive', she arrives with a small entourage and though her presence in the town causes a stir Pearl's mother Dolly remains unimpressed, choosing to remember Faye Marlow when she was plain old Frankie Murray, the daughter of a local whelk merchant.

Nathan soon realises he has made a mistake with this invitation and his doubts are confirmed when Faye is nowhere to be found on the morning of May Day. And as 'Jack in the Green' puts on his impressive costume to lead the parade, the actress's dead body is discovered - tethered to the maypole on the Castle grounds . . . and so it's left to Pearl and DCI Mike McGuire to unravel the mystery of the May Day murder.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
April 7th 2016
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery series #3
Cozy Mystery
Hardcover, Paperbook, eBook
Available at:

My Review:

‘May Day Murder’ is already the third book in the Whitstable Pearl Mystery series. I devoured the first two books, so when I received the email saying ‘May Day Murder’ was on its way to me I was super excited and I couldn’t wait to start reading and have this pretty looking book in my hands.

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery series is a fun, cozy mystery series that takes place in the little town of Whitstable. I love reading about this little town and the people who live there. And reading ‘May Day Murder’ was really so much fun.
The main character Pearl is a restaurant owner and a private investigator. Yet again she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. But thankfully investigating is something Pearl loves to do, and is really good in. This time Whitstable is shaken by the murder of an actress who lived in Whitstable years ago. And a murder also means that DCI Mike McGuire is back in town.

‘May Day Murder’ was definitely another fun and addicting read in the Whitstable Pearl Mystery series. I loved getting back to the life of Whitstable and its fun and intriguing citizens. Although we did get to read about a possible beginning romance between Pearl and Mike in the previous two books, we now finally get a little more details about their ‘relationship’ and it was so good to read about.

I found this book a little more predictable than the first two books, since I picked up what was going on pretty fast, but I still loved every single page. The characters are so much fun, the murder investigation is intriguing, there is a little romance and the story was interesting enough to keep me hooked until the very last page.

I also really loved the cover of ‘May Day Murder’. The Whitstable Pearl Mystery books just look soooooo pretty on my shelves. Another great job Julie!! I can’t wait for the next read in this super fun series. 

My Rating:

Other Books in the Series:

Read my reviews of book one and two in this great series!!

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.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Thank you SO much for my 4 Book Worm rating (!) and this excellent review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the new book, Maureen. Thank you for taking the time to read it and for writing this review. Julie (Wassmer)

    1. You're very welcome Julie. I really love this series and this new book was yet another great one. I can't wait for the next one ;)


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