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Book Club Selection > October 2017 Group Read - The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer

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David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery, by Julie Wassmer

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

Discussion Leader - David Gooch


message 2: by Judith (new)

Judith | 560 comments Another to be added to my DBR list.


David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
Link to get book on Amazon UK is:- http://amzn.to/2fJARLN


David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
The author has a web page at https://www.juliewassmer.com/ for more info on her books etc.


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Beth Stewart | 568 comments Is this a "cozy" mystery??


David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
dont think so at moment. about a third of way in and just got our second dead body.


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Beth Stewart | 568 comments Not available in Canada on kindle.


AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 556 comments I am waiting for my copy to arrive, it is expected sometime in the middle of the month.


David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
Beth wrote: "Not available in Canada on kindle."

Really sorry about that Beth. I looked on ebay here in UK and there are copies but didn't know if ebay Canada or USA had any?


message 10: by Mary (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mary C | 173 comments Amazon had some from 3rd party resellers. I bought one and it is due in mid-month.


message 11: by Tina (new)

Tina (tinaculbertson) I couldn't find a copy in paperback or on Kindle.


message 12: by David (last edited Oct 04, 2017 08:30AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
Tina wrote: "I couldn't find a copy in paperback or on Kindle."

Where Tiny? Are you based UK/USA?
Kindle Link for UK is http://amzn.to/2fJARLN
Kindle Link for Amazon.com is http://amzn.to/2xgMbC6


David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
Found it on USA's ebay as well. Here is link to one.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/JULIE-WASSMER...


message 14: by Tina (new)

Tina (tinaculbertson) David wrote: "Tina wrote: "I couldn't find a copy in paperback or on Kindle."

Where Tiny? Are you based UK/USA?
Kindle Link for UK is http://amzn.to/2fJARLN
Kindle Link for Amazon.com is http://amzn.to/2xgMbC6"


Thanks, David. I am in the US in Florida. I don;t know how I missed that one on Amazon. Thanks much.
I wonder what would happen if I ordered a Kindle book through the Amazon UK site?


David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
Tina wrote: "David wrote: "Tina wrote: "I wonder what would happen if I ordered a Kindle book through the Amazon UK site? "

I believe that Amazon knows and directs you to the site where you are resident. So it should direct you back to Amazon.com


Eileen Forde (eileenforde) | 13 comments I just got it on amazon .com


AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 556 comments When I looked on Amazon.com it only has it available as a hardback, paperback or audible - it didn't have a kindle option. I ordered it in paperback from a third party seller and am just waiting for it to arrive.


message 18: by Mary (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mary C | 173 comments My copy just arrived - looking forward to getting started.


David Gooch | 3977 comments Mod
Right I have finished it.
It is a nice easy read.
Pearl is an ex policewoman with restaurant and a detective agency and she pokes around in a couple of murders where she finds the bodies.
Nicely written with the detective McGuire suitably unimpressed with her pokings to start with. It moves along ok but I perhaps expect more bodies turning up or a bit more delving into the deaths than initially there is. Still that said I didn't figure who it was that did it or the reason behind it. That moved it from a 3 star easy read to a 4.
If someone asked me about it and should they read it I would probably say it is ok for a holiday read but don't expect it to be a twisty plot with lots of turns etc. and it wouldn't be top of a TBR list for me.


AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 556 comments Anyone in the US, who wasn't able to get this book, I have it in paperback and if you would like it I would mail it to you - don't know if you would receive it by the end of the month or not. Just message me privately your mailing details.


message 21: by Mary (last edited Oct 14, 2017 02:46PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mary C | 173 comments I have a copy in paperback as well. I just finished it this morning and would be glad to mail to someone else.


message 22: by Mary (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mary C | 173 comments I agree that this was a well-written easy read. I've never been to the Kentish coast, but the description of Whitstable felt authentic and well-researched. I thought the mystery part of the plot was a bit thin, with more focus on the relationships and laying a foundation for a sequel. Not sure I would read the next one, however, even if the books were readily available in the US (which they are not).


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Victoria Prescott (victoria_prescott) | 21 comments the description of Whitstable felt authentic and well-researched

The author lives in Whitstable.

I haven't read this book, but I have read another in the series, after the author was recommended to me by someone else. Kent is my own county, so I'm always interested in reading books set there. I agree they're pleasant and undemanding - the kind of book I'd get from the library, but wouldn't buy.


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