MURDER ON THE DOWNS BY JULIE WASSMER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY CONSTABLE ON 7th MAY 2020

Discover the Whitstable Pearl mysteries, a combination of seafood, murder and a multi-tasking heroin on the coast of Kent…

A controversial new property development is planned in Whitstable which will encroach upon the green open space of the downs, to the dismay of Whitstable residents who view this as the thin end of the wedge with regard to local wildlife conservation.

A campaign springs into life, spearheaded by a friend of Pearl’s family, Martha Laker. A committed environmentalist, Martha is no stranger to controversy herself. She has also managed to divide opinion across town, with the locals viewing her as their fearless champion while establishment figures seeing only an interfering agitator.

Tensions escalate between the developers and Whitstable residents, straining Pearl’s close relationship with London-born police officer, DCI Mike McGuire, who harbours concerns that the local campaign will spiral out of control. Pearl’s loyalties are torn, but the protest duly goes ahead – and newspaper headlines claim a moral victory for the residents in this David and Goliath battle.

But the victory is short-lived when Pearl discovers a dead body on the downs…

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.

You can read my review here.

Book five in Julie’s Whitstable-set crime series The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries – involving multi-tasking private detective-come-restaurateur, Pearl Nolan is published today and available from Amazon here.

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

What did I think?

Absolutely brilliant, actually all of Julie’s books are but this one is my favourite, lots going on and people to choose from about who the murderer or murderers are, I failed to get it correct and I was so sure I had this time. I was pleased to read that Pearl’s romance has moved along, I think Dolly who is Pearl’s mum should have a romance, maybe with a dodgy murderer!  Lots of places you will recognise from Kent in this book, which I think is great.

I wonder who the first author will be who writes a story about this virus and isolation leading to murder? Sometimes I am pleased to live alone lol.

Happy reading, let me know if you guessed correct.

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