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Murder-on-Sea

By Julie Wassmer

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

The second novel in the Pearl Nolan trilogy, with a Christmas twist.

It's not the season of good will to all men...

The festive month is kicking off in style and Pearl is rushed off her feet with her restaurant, The Whitstable Pearl. She's also busy planning her own family Christmas and providing mulled wine for a charity church fundraiser when Christmas cards begin arriving all over town - filled with spiteful messages from an anonymous writer.

Pearl's curiosity is piqued but having pledged not to take on a case at her detective agency before Christmas, she reluctantly agrees that Canterbury's DCI Mike McGuire should take over; poisoned pen cards are after all a matter for the police. And with only the church fundraiser now between Pearl and Christmas, she invites McGuire along as her guest. The event appears to be a great success; St Alfred's church hall is packed and Pearl happily finds herself standing close to McGuire beneath some mistletoe . . . but then a guest suddenly collapses. Too much of Pearl's delicious mulled wine - or could it be something more sinister?

The last thing Pearl expects for Christmas is murder but soon the bodies are piling up. Can Pearl possibly solve the mystery in time to make 25th December an unforgettable day - or will the murderer contrive to ensure her goose is well and truly cooked before then?

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781472116468
  • Publication date: 07 Apr 2016
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Constable
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
If you enjoy cosy crime fiction and you still haven't picked this series, then you are missing out — Alba in Bookland
This is just straightforwardly excellent cosy crime ... Julie Wassmer really knows how to tell a story — Victoria Best, Shiny New Books
If you enjoy cosy mystery stories and good, solid whodunits, without gruesome details or gratuitous violence, Murder on Sea may be just your cup of tea — Bec Stafford
If you like the TV series 'Midsomer Murders', then May Day Murder should be right up your alley — The Crime Warp on May Day Murder
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