Monday, 28 September 2015

REVIEW - The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer

Title: The Whitstable Pearl Mystery

Author: Julie Wassmer

Publisher: Constable

Release Date: Paperback 1st October 2015

Source: ARC

Pearl Nolan always wanted to be a detective but life, and a teenage pregnancy, got in the way of a police career.

She has 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 . .

Bit of useless information first, I have actually been to Whitstable, I love this fact because it is nice to read a book and think "hey, I have been there!", told you it was useless!! 

For my readers outside the UK, Whistable is a town in the south of England and it is the perfect setting for this enjoyable crime read.  The aptly named Pearl is a single mother happily living in the town running her successful seafood restaurant with a little help from her mum.

Having her son at a young age she had to put her dream of becoming a police woman on hold, she loves her restaurant and prides herself in her local produce but when one of her locals turns up dead at the end of a heavy anchor chain she decides to turn detective and find out what happened to him.

The local police don't appreciate her help, in fact to begin with they consider her a suspect as she found the body.  She is determined to find out who the murderer is but when another body turns up she needs to use all her talents to find the killer.

I really enjoyed this book, first of all for the food, I always love a book with a good foodies descriptions and this certainly had plenty.  The characters in this book are wonderfully real, you could imagine going in to Pearl's restaurant and having a nice meal with her and her mum, who is a darling by the way.

For fans of cosy crime and not so cosy crime, you will enjoy this, I certainly did!

Thanks to Constable and Robinson for providing me with a copy



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