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Murder on the Downs

Murder on the Downs

Author(s): Julie Wassmer

Location(s): Whitstable

Genre(s): Fiction, Crime, Mystery

Era(s): Modern

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Content

Discover the Whitstable Pearl mysteries: a combination of seafood, murder, and a multi-tasking heroine on the 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…

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A Taste of the Sea plus Murder!

Author: readerofbooks

Really enjoyed this. It’s a comfortable cozy crime based in the seaside town of Whitstable on the north coast of Kent. The sixth in the series of the Whitstable Pearl Mysteries, we’re re-acquainted with...

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Author: tripfiction

Read Julie Wassmer’s latest outing for private detective and restaurant owner Pearl Nolan, and you’ll conjure up an image of Kent’s coastal town of Whitstable being as violent as The Bronx. Nothing could be...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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