The end of a fine blog tour…..the start of a new book

Julie Wassmer reflects on her recent blog tour and new books in the pipeline…

This post signals the end of the Random Things Blog Tour

Celebrating the publication of my new Whitstable Mystery Pearl novel, Murder on the Downs.

Organised by the lovely Anne Cater, the tour began on 29th June and I am grateful to the nineteen fantastic book bloggers, which included Karen Marwood aka Nanny Cool, who ran a whole week of articles including two pieces by Daniel Leeson-Harding, the Deputy Director of Music at Kent University.

Authors always await reviews with a fair degree of trepidation so I was thrilled and relieved, in equal measure,  to receive so many lovely reviews for the new book. I always say that, as with writing comedy, you never know if your material works until somebody laughs, so with murder mysteries, I never know if I’ve exercised sufficient sleight of hand to conceal my murderer until my books are read and I receive my readers’ verdicts.


I greatly value all views of my books and so I always appreciate the opportunity of meeting my readers. Usually, on publication of a new book, I would be taking part in numerous events: book signings, literary festivals, book talks and a launch event. Here are a few photos of the brilliant book signings and talks I have been invited to attend.


But for Murder on the Downs, the 7th novel in the Whitstable Pearl Mystery series, the Covid-19 pandemic caused all such events to be shelved – including an official launch of the book at this year’s WhitLit – Whitstable’s very own literary festival. Consequently, this blog tour was even more important to me in order for me to obtain views from all the bloggers who took part


Although the books have the umbrella title of Whitstable Pearl Mysteries, I have used settings beyond Whitstable, including Seasalter, Herne Bay, Reculver, Faversham, Oare, Chartham, the Isle of Sheppey, Marshside and I have a few more in mind for future novels…

Yes, I’m pleased to confirm that I have been commissioned for more books – the first of which I am already working on for publication in May 2021. Thereafter, I have plans to use at least one other location set further afield than Whitstable – at The Grand Hotel, Folkestone, where Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express.


Having enjoyed doing an author talk in this huge impressive, historic building with its spectacular views out across the Channel, I am looking forward to returning to “The Grand” before too long in order to set a new mystery there.

For now, I have these few summer months ahead of me to finish writing my new book – Strictly Murder – can you possibly guess what it might be about? 😉

I also very much look forward to seeing my readers once events can take place again but, until then, I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the Murder on the Downs blog tour for their interviews, articles and reviews. I always say: an author is nothing without readers so thank you to everyone for reading my new book.

And, finally, the books are all optioned by the wonderful TV production company, Buccaneer, the makers of Marcella, starring Anna Friel. You never know, with a bit of luck, we may yet see Pearl and McGuire step out from the pages of these books – and on to the small screen. Here’s hoping they do.


I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Julie for today’s post and for the information and help she gives me. What a great week it has been.

Can we please have cakes for the next book launch?

Trailer for Murder on the Downs:






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