MURDER FEST BY JULIE WASSMER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY CONSTABLE 9th MAY 2019

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Julie Wassmer was 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.

Book three in Julie’s Whitstable-set crime series The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries – involving multi-tasking private detective-come-restaurateur, Pearl Nolan – was published in spring 2016, with books 4 & 5 soon to follow

Julie lives in Whitstable and is well known for her environmental campaigning.

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Pearl’s detective agency takes a back seat as she prepares to offer a warm welcome to a group of special visitors. A local Arts Festival is being held to honour a cultural exchange visit from representatives of Borken – Whitstable’s Twin Town in Germany.

Yet very soon, personality clashes surface among the participants; local politicians try to use the festival for their own ends while others jostle for improved billing on the festival programme. Tempers flare, old feuds re-surface and on the eve of the first event, a cryptic message – Murder Fest – is received by the local police. Before DCI Mike McGuire has a chance to investigate, the festival commences with an unscheduled event when a celebrated author is found brutally murdered . . .

Soon the only ‘Arts’ on display are dark ones, as Whitstable’s celebration of local culture transforms into a real-life murder fest – offering Whitstable’s Pearl Nolan another mystery to solve.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I have enjoyed Julies books since the very first one so I knew I would like it, what I didn’t realise was that I would really love this story and I found it definitely to be the best one she has written so far.

I liked the way there was no re-capping about things as we all know who they all are now. The mention of different places, restaurants and shops in Whitstable and surrounding areas is so good, I am wondering if the second hand antique clothes shop is still in Canterbury as I often wonder if everything is real or are some things made-up?

I really enjoyed the descriptions of the fashion and clothes that people wore as then you could really imagine them so what with the area plus clothes it is like you are reading about real people.

All we need now is a tour of the places where Pearl and Dolly live! I went in one of the cottages by the harbour on open garden day a couple of weeks back, it looked just like Dolly’s place but didn’t have an attic to let out.

Back to the murder and no I did not work it out and was surprised as that person didn’t even enter my head. Very good writing though as it kept you gripped in such a casual way and these characters are just plain lovely, there really is nothing at all not to like about this book so pop over to Amazon to put your order in, link at the bottom of page.

Well, done Julie, another best seller I am sure, when will we get the next one and what is it called?

I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking Julie for the mention of myself in her acknowledgements in this book, it is such an honour and unexpected and I will treasure the book.

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