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The #TFBookClub reads ‘Murder on the Downs’ set in Whitstable, Kent
20th June 2020
#TFBookClub July/August – ‘Murder on the Downs’ set in Whitstable, Kent
Our latest #TFBookClub outing takes us to WHITSTABLE on the NORTH KENT coast for another Pearl Nolan mystery, with Murder on the Downs by Julie Wassmer.
The Whitstable Pearl mysteries are a delightful combination of seafood, murder, and a multi-tasking heroine on the north 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…
Apply for a copy to read along:
If you would like to apply for a copy to read along with us during July and early August 2020, just leave a COMMENT below and tell us whether you prefer PAPER or PDF – by midnight 30th June 2020. (Paper copies UK ONLY). The first names out of the hat on Wednesday 1st July 2020 will be sent copies of the book.
It might still be challenging for the publisher to send out print copies of the book, so please also be open to reading a digital PDF copy instead.
After that we can all start turning the pages and share our thoughts over the subsequent weeks.
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We will be in touch if you are one of our lucky readers, and hopefully you’ll receive your copy of the book early in July. Don’t forget, applications close midnight, 30th June 2020!
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