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Strictly Murder


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.

Christopher Sturtivant