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Strictly Murder: Now a major TV series, Whitstable Pearl, starring Kerry Godliman

Julie Wassmer

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Crime & mystery

The Whistable Pearl Mysteries are an irresistible combination of seafood, murder, and a multi-tasking heroine on the coast of Kent

'While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl' Daily Mail

Strictly Murder
is the eighth book in Julie Wassmer's popular crime series - now a major Acorn TV drama, Whitstable Pearl, starring Kerry Godliman as private detective and restaurateur, Pearl Nolan


It really is murder on the dance floor. . .


A new dance school opens in Whitstable run by celebrity tango champions - Tony and Tanya Ballard. Pearl Nolan knows herself to be an ace cook and a sharp private eye but has always left the dancing to her mother, Dolly. But Pearl becomes intrigued by the Ballards when they visit The Whitstable Pearl restaurant, and she realises that dance classes could provide the perfect cover for her clandestine relationship with DCI Mike McGuire...

McGuire is the only man Pearl has ever considered partnering - and not just for tango - but the pair soon find themselves with more than steps to master when death joins them on the dance floor and a brutal killer stalks the school.

Praise for Julie Wassmer's Whitstable Pearl Mysteries...

'True to the tradition of classic crime, [Julie Wassmer] weaves a strong story into a setting that has more to offer than murder and mayhem'
Daily Mail

'As light as a Mary Berry Victoria sponge, this Middle-England romp is packed with vivid characters'
Myles McWeeney, Irish Independent

'All of the thrills without any of the gore'
The Sun

'This is a quality title...a very entertaining read'
The Puzzle Doctor

'My new favourite author in the genre'
George Galloway

'A wonderful way to explore Whitstable . . . if you love cosy mysteries, then get acquainted with Pearl (and her mum and her cats!) and enjoy a trip to Whitstable through the eyes of this very convincing author'
Trip Fiction

'Proves she's mistress of her craft'
John McGhie, author of White Highlands

'Good, solid whodunits, without gruesome details or gratuitous violence, Murder on Sea may be just your cup of tea'
Bec Stafford

Praise for the TV series...

'Scandi noir meets the English seaside in Whitstable Pearl, a murder mystery series based on Julie Wassmer's novels...'
Drama Quarterly

'...explores all the murder and debauchery in the seemingly perfect English seaside town of Whitstable...'
Washington Post

'...you never know what might turn up, either on the menu or alongside an oyster boat.'
Wall Street Journal

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Julie Wassmer

Julie Wassmer is a a professional televison drama writer, working on various series including ITV's London's Burning, C5's Family Affairs and BBC's Eastenders - which she worked on for 20 years.

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