As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
New reviews are posted daily, but to search for earlier reviews please click on the Mystery People link below and select 'reviews' from the welcome page. This will display an alphabetic option for you to find the review you would like to read
For PREVIOUS REVIEWS- Click on MYSTERY PEOPLE below -
Constable, 5 March 2015. ISBN (HB): 978-1-47211-648-2
Whitstable is a seaside resort on the North Kent coast and is famed for
its oysters which have been gathered on its beaches since Roman times. Pearl
Nolan, with the assistance of her mother Dolly and occasionally her son Charlie
when he can spare time from his studies and his beautiful Italian girl friend
Tiziana, runs an oyster bar. She also has set up a private detective bureau and
it is to that that a Mr Stroud comes wanting Pearl to provide information about
the financial status of Vinnie Rowe, a local fisherman. Pearl refuses; she
hasn't taken to Stroud and, in any case, although she hasn't vouchsafed this to
Stroud, Vinnie is an old friend and a supplier of oysters. She sets off to warn
Vinnie but when she gets to his boat he is dead, entangled in the anchor chain.
At this point enter Chief Inspector Mike Maguire, newly arrived from London and
recently bereaved. Pearl with her knowledge of the fishing industry and the
oyster trade is able to tell that the apparent accident is not an accident.
Then Pearl discovers another body, this time that of Stroud.
As a former long-standing
scriptwriter for the EastEnders, the author really knows how to keep the
surprises coming and the reader enthralled. And she can also, with her
experience as a writer of soaps, handle a large cast and their tangled personal
relationships while at the same time painting a picture ofa warm and caring community. Not to mention
the odd tasty fish supper recipe. This story, which is to be the first of a
series, is very much for readers who like traditional British mysteries set in
a traditional British seaside resort which incidentally sounds delightful and
well worth exploring. Recommended.
Reviewer: Radmila May
Julie Wassmer is a
television drama writer who contributed for almost twenty years to the popular
BBC series EastEnders. She published her autobiography More Than Just Coincidence in 2010, in which she describes finding
her long-lost daughter after an astonishing twist of fate. It was voted Mumsnet
book of the year. 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.