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'While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl' Daily Mail
May Day Murder is the third 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 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.
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