I have been catching up writing my reviews everywhere on social media for these two inspiring authors. I like them both for different reasons, Samantha Tonge for the underlying messages in her story about having a good time and making super memories does not need money, I think people today should remember that when spending time with their loved ones. Then Julie Wassmer for writing about the area we live in, KENT UK with its many wonderful places including Canterbury and the coast along by Whitstable, I find it so enjoyable reading about them and picturing where the characters are and where they are going.
So now I am onto the next book which is Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer! Sounds good so look out for the review of this one.
Here we have another Whitstable Pearl Mystery which is just as good as the others, this is my final one so I hope Julie writes some more pretty quick.
It was good catching up with Pearl, her mother Dolly and her son Charlie and not forgetting the lovely sounding DCI Mike McGuire. They all sound so real I keep hoping I might bump into the handsome police detective when I am in Canterbury.
May Day comes but once a year and this one brings an actress returning to her roots to open the May Day festivities but before she can reacquaint with past loves and friends someone decides to murder her.
Can Pearl solve this one before McGuire or will he stick to the rules and work it out for himself? Secrets and lies are hidden but who will they hurt when out in the open and who had anything to gain by committing this horrible murder on May Day.
Another brilliant story, well written with lots of local items about the brilliant places in Kent. I again did not guess who did the murder, I could never be a detective, Pearl makes it all sound so easy the way she puts it all together. Brilliant 5 stars for a great series, I cannot wait for them to make it into a tv series.
Reading this made me feel happy as I love the author and I love Whitstable, it was also good to catch up on what the characters of Pearl, Dolly and DCI Mike McGuire had been up to. These characters are great, so down to earth and normal and I think that is why it works as you can relate to a lot of it, well apart from the murders, lol.
In this Pearl mystery it is Christmas time so plenty of activity going on with the church events and work outings to Pearls restaurant called The Whitstable Pearl so when people start receiving poison pen christmas cards Pearl decides she has to say no to solving the mystery under her Nolan’s Detective Agency as she just has so much to do.
Things happen at the church event and one of the locals drops down dead but then because McGuire was there as a guest of Pearls he cannot lead the case, so who will solve the mystery? Before long there is another death, are they linked to the Christmas cards? Lots of questions need to be answered so Pearl asks a few more herself.
As usual I did not guess who committed the murders so I enjoyed reading this, it is nice to read something a bit lighter but still keep you turning the pages. This goes in my top ten for this year. I have one more of this author’s books to read in The Whitstable Pearl Mystery series so lets hope another one is written soon.
Julie Wassmer has done it again, another superb read from the Whitstable Pearl Mystery collection. I would like to thank Littlebrown Books and Julie for sending me this to read before publication, it is a privilege to read and review for you.
This again left me baffled as to who had committed the two murders until it was disclosed at the end! Brilliant writing with descriptions that made you feel you where actually there. I love the characters, they all blend together so well, making you feel like they are actual people in Whitstable.
Pearls mother Dolly gives her a birthday present of a cooking course with a well-known chef at an exclusive retreat set on the old Pilgrims Way into Canterbury. What could possibly go wrong?
Two murders in such a small group of people you would think the murderer would stand out but no, very clever writing with subtle clues, that I did not get makes this an outstanding murder mystery. With the added romance that is trying to bloom between the police detective Mike McGuire and Pearl simmering in the back ground adding a warm addition to the mix, that is until the good-looking ‘hot’ chef Nico gets Pearl’s attention. McGuire realises he has to up his game if he wants anything to happen with Pearl but is he to late and has Nico got there first?
I cannot wait for the next mystery and the developments in the lives of Pearl and her family.
After reading the blurb on the back of this book and listening to Julie talk about it at The Folkestone book festival, I knew it was going to be good but what I didn’t realise was that it would be the best life story I had ever read.
In some ways it seems like a story so you have to keep reminding yourself that this is all real. I love the way it all comes together at the right time as if it was all planned to happen that way.
Twenty years are a long time to wait for happiness even though it was all worth waiting for and then love came along for Julie as well. This bought a tear to my eye at the end and I was so pleased everything worked out ok. Julie can now enjoy her writing and her grandchildren who I can imagine she spoils lots.
This is a good 5 stars and I would recommend this story to everyone, it really is a feel good book.