Strictly Murder has it all – the gorgeous coastal town of Whitstable as its setting, an amateur sleuth after Agatha Christie’s own heart, and a literal murder on the dancefloor. It’s perfect cosy crime, making it ideal reading for sunny days (which we seem to be getting plenty of). As ever, Julie is adept at bringing together intrigue and the charming setting of the English countryside, all with the charismatic character of Pearl at its centre. Comforting but thrilling all the same, it’s just the sort of crime book I’d recommend for the summer. And if that’s not enough, the first few books in the series have now been adapted for TV as the Whitstable Pearl Mysteries, starring Kerry Godliman and airing on Acorn every Monday.
'While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl' Daily Mail
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, a former member of the town's infamous Fish Slappers dance troupe. 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...
'While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl . . . 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
'Thoroughly enjoyable with a host of wonderful characters - I adore Dolly! - and evocative descriptions of Whitstable. Perfect for foodies too. Pearl is great and the ongoing will they/won't they love story with McGuire is compelling. Comforting, cosy and entertaining with excellent Agatha Christie-style reveals. I love these books!' Jane Wenham-Jones, author of Mum in the Middle
'If you enjoy cosy crime fiction and you still haven't picked this series, then you are missing out' Alba in Bookland
'Julie Wassmer really knows how to tell a story' -- Victoria Best, Shiny New Books
'Good, solid whodunits, without gruesome details or gratuitous violence, Murder on Sea may be just your cup of tea' -- Bec Stafford
'Come to Whitstable without actually coming to Whitstable. A good read!' Anthony Jemmett
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
'Single mum turned amateur detective in a gripping new family drama...' We Love TV
'Quirky and enjoyable...' TV Satellite