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GIVEAWAY – 5 copies of Strictly Murder by Julie Wassmer – WHITSTABLE

5th September 2021

GIVEAWAY: we are delighted to offer 5 copies of STRICTLY MURDER by Julie Wassmer, no. 8 in the Pearl Nolan murder mystery series (each novel can be read as a standalone). Open UK only.

5 copies of Strictly Murder by Julie Wassmer

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.

Over on Amazon, this is what TripFiction has to say about the series: ‘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’ 


To be able to enter, you have to be a member of TripFiction. Simply got www.tripfiction.com and scroll down until you find the JOIN NOW tab, it’s very easy… And we do check!

Then, in the COMMENTS below, tell us your FAVOURITE all time thing to do on a British beach – would it be eating ice cream or fish and chips, or maybe paddle boarding?

Entries close midnight, 18 September and the first five entries chosen at random will be sent a copy each by the publisher Little Brown.

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 22/09/2021 at 6:21 pm

    The winners!

    Jennie Stallar
    Abbygale May
    Kelly Roxanne
    Iris Radford


  2. User: Georgie Wright

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 9:37 pm

    Playing with my dog on the dog friendly beach, she absolutely loves it!


  3. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 4:59 pm

    Love an ice cream with a flake and lots of strawberry sauce x


  4. User: EllieMF

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 4:18 pm

    Watching my little dog jumping around in the sand and running away from the water


  5. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 3:58 pm

    Definitely people watching whilst eating an ice cream


  6. User: Kellyroxannesmith

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 2:37 pm

    Havin fish and chips with my lovely family thanks x I’d love to read this x


  7. User: Kelly Roxanne Smith

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 2:35 pm

    Eating fish and chips with my lovely family thanks x


  8. User: MrsD271015

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 1:40 pm

    Reading a book and looking in rock pools


  9. User: Vicky Davies

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 1:35 pm

    Looking in rock pools and reading a book.


  10. User: Mandy Allen

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 1:32 pm

    Fish and chips always tastes the best sitting on sea wall


  11. User: emilycomp

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 9:49 am

    paddling ankle deep in freezing cold water, with the dog being chased by waves, and fish and chips to warm back up again!


  12. User: joanne1973

    Posted on: 18/09/2021 at 6:42 am

    I love sitting and watching the world go by eating fish & chips with my husband and the dogs


  13. User: Andrzej Szymanski

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 10:52 pm

    I love swimming in the sea when in between sunbathing & reading.


  14. User: Mary Baldwin

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 10:27 pm

    I love to just sit, watch the waves and listen to the sea. Best of all is when it’s stormy.


  15. User: Katherine McDonald

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 9:57 pm

    Looking for sea glass and interesting shells.


  16. User: Angela Macdonald

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 9:16 pm

    I love to walk where the water breaks on the sand and also collect shells


  17. User: Christine Constable

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 8:24 pm

    I love body boarding in the Cornish surf


  18. User: Victoria Prince

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 8:20 pm

    Paddling in the sea!


  19. User: steph lovatt

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 7:58 pm

    we love looking for crabs and fish in rock pools


  20. User: keshimonster

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 7:45 pm

    Sunbathing with a pina colada!


  21. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 7:43 pm

    my favourite thing is to lie down and read a book under the blissful sun 🙂


  22. User: Lucy Wright-Booth

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 6:11 pm

    I just love being in the sea and bobbing around on my rubber ring!


  23. User: Yorkshirelass

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 3:56 pm

    paddle in the sea


  24. User: Claire Mitchell

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 2:26 pm

    Eating ice cream and dipping my toes in the water


  25. User: Joyce Willis

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 1:58 pm

    Exploring rock pools with my grand daughter


  26. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 1:21 pm

    Love working up an appetite by walking along the water’s edge then stopping to eat egg sandwiches. Egg and sand essential to rekindle happy childhood memories of our annual day trip to Skeggy in the 1950s. The days when Mum and Dad couldn’t afford to take us on a holiday but those day outs were so special


  27. User: Pageflicker

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 1:19 pm

    Has to be sitting on a deck chair and drinking a cup of tea from a flask


  28. User: QuietGeordie

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 12:57 pm

    I love a Mr Whippy style ice cream – not forgetting the all important flake for a proper ’99 experience – when I’m at the beach!


  29. User: Turtledove

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 12:36 pm

    Paddling in the sea is a delight. Usually too cold to swim!


  30. User: Tracey Poulter

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 12:17 pm

    My FAVOURITE all time thing to do on a British beach is to sit on a picnic blanket, eating fish & chips, with my family.


  31. User: Angie McDonald

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 11:41 am

    My favourite thing to do is walk and just admire the beautiful views of the sea


  32. User: Patricia Dewey

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 11:32 am

    Walking along Ryde beach on the Isle of Wight with my mum when the tide was out, digging up Razor Clams with our toes.


  33. User: Alison Booth

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 11:02 am

    Rock pools have always been a family favourite


  34. User: Katrina Adams

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 10:57 am

    My absolute favourite thing to do on a British beach is eat hot cinnamon and sugar donuts out of the packet, whilst walking barefoot in the sand!


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    • User: MANDY DAVIES

      Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 12:10 pm

      Beach-combing for old pottery – I love finding pieces of old patterns and pictures and working out where they’ve come from 🙂


  35. User: Andrea F

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 10:10 am

    My mum and dad live near the sea in Kent and I love walking to the beach in my cossy and beach shoes and no towel and just diving straight in!


  36. User: Caroline Shepherd

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 9:12 am

    Fish and chips and a paddle in the sea!



    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 8:04 am

    Rock pooling and reading!


  38. User: Wilma Jones

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 7:56 am

    Having a paddle!


  39. User: Carz1985

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 6:56 am

    Me and kids always love making sand castles when we go to the beach


  40. User: Paul Brown

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 5:46 am

    taking the dogs for a long walk


  41. User: Abbygayle May

    Posted on: 17/09/2021 at 5:32 am

    Using the 2p machines at the arcades, reminds me of my childhood


  42. User: Nilpa

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 8:36 pm

    Eating ice cream, building sandcastles and taking a dip in the sea


  43. User: Peter 123

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 8:11 pm

    Running around and jumping the waves with the grandchildren


  44. User: aspella

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 5:43 pm

    Eating a 99 (ice cream with a flake).


  45. User: Kellie Collister

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 5:42 pm

    Eating ice cream listening to the sea


  46. User: Jan22

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 5:16 pm

    I hope to relax, enjoy a good book and then a treat of either some chips or a ice-cream.


  47. User: Sheri Darby

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 4:29 pm

    Playing in the sand with my children


  48. User: ladygray

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 3:08 pm

    Paddling both in the rock pools and at the waters edge


  49. User: Candyfloss

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 2:28 pm

    Eating fish and chips, definitely. They always taste better at the beach!


  50. User: zeenie

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 1:32 pm

    i like to sunbathe and read a book


  51. User: Fiona Moran

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 10:38 am

    Just watching the waves!


  52. User: linby

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 9:50 am

    Got to be eating fish and chips – yum.


  53. User: Horacew1

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 5:15 am

    Building sandcastles with my grandson and having an ice cream


  54. User: Lynne OConnor

    Posted on: 16/09/2021 at 12:06 am

    I love rockpooling. Beaches in Whitstable/Seasalter go out for miles when the sea is out and are great for this when you time it right


  55. User: mumliz

    Posted on: 15/09/2021 at 5:22 pm

    i love to walk the dog on the beach and then get an ice cream


  56. User: Karen R

    Posted on: 15/09/2021 at 4:01 pm

    I just love walking along the beach watching the waves come in and out – I really love beaches in Winter, when it’s quiet and we almost have the beach to ourselves xx


  57. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 15/09/2021 at 2:09 pm

    Eat salty fish & chips, and go rockpooling!


  58. User: Rosiej

    Posted on: 15/09/2021 at 1:20 pm

    I love to visit our local beach and bring a good book and alternate reading with watching the various activities going on


  59. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 15/09/2021 at 12:09 pm

    Definitely eating fish and chips from a newspaper


  60. User: Joy Griffiths

    Posted on: 15/09/2021 at 11:20 am

    Love to sit and watch the wildlife and also children playing, building sandcastles and just being kids


  61. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 15/09/2021 at 10:38 am

    I love going for a paddle in the sea!


  62. User: Sushka

    Posted on: 14/09/2021 at 10:38 pm

    I love reading on the beach


  63. User: sarah parker

    Posted on: 14/09/2021 at 1:07 pm

    eating fish and chips 🙂


  64. User: Bethany Irons

    Posted on: 13/09/2021 at 4:40 pm

    Rock pooling. Love looking at all the creatures


  65. User: JeanB

    Posted on: 13/09/2021 at 1:40 pm

    A perfect trip is to walk from Whitstable, home of Pearl, to Herne Bay. Where on a nice day sit on the beach eating fish and chips and enjoying the view out to sea. Then a slow walk back again.


  66. User: Laura

    Posted on: 13/09/2021 at 8:15 am

    My favourite thing to do on a British beach is making sandcastles with my children


  67. User: Karen Wadkin

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 11:16 pm

    Just been on a beach would be amazing not been since just before first lockdown 18 months ago. Hearing the sea, seeing sand, watching the boats and dolphins if your lucky. Feeding the birds. If I ever do go again think I’ll appreciate it more now than before COVID.


  68. User: karen hutchinson

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 8:28 pm

    eat fish and chips ( dodging the seagulls) they always taste better on the beach


  69. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 6:45 pm

    Hello, oh I love walking along the sand, listening to the waves.


  70. User: Emma

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 6:34 pm

    I love beach combing!


  71. User: Rachel Mccraith

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 5:39 pm

    Fish and chips on the beach (which also turns into avoiding the hungry seagulls!)


  72. User: Rachel Vallans

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 4:58 pm

    Building sandcastle with my son’s


  73. User: joy turner

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 2:33 pm

    Eat fish and chips straight from thepaper.


  74. User: Lynne Manton

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 2:32 pm

    Find a quiet spot to read my book in the sunshine


  75. User: sallie

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 2:28 pm

    I have to see the sea at least once a month,it is my resolution every year.Try and swim in the sea at least once a year


  76. User: michelle o'neill

    Posted on: 12/09/2021 at 6:04 am

    I love searching for treasures on the beach!


  77. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 8:13 pm

    Eating fish and chips


  78. User: Mummymelton

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 8:09 pm

    watching our boys & dog play, usually they end up digging holes


  79. User: Mummymelton

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 8:08 pm

    watching our boys & dog playing, usually they end up digging holes


  80. User: Rachel Melton

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 8:05 pm

    Watching our boys and dog playing, usually they end up digging holes


  81. User: Mary Hutton

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 7:58 pm

    Building sandcastles – love it


  82. User: Pin King Mouse

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 7:26 pm

    Eating fish and chips watching the waves


  83. User: andyi

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 6:24 pm

    Just sitting watching the waves come in.


  84. User: bobistheboss

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 6:22 pm

    Watching my son paddle board whilst reading a great book


  85. User: jhgillies

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 6:07 pm

    I love watching my husband and kids play. I have a chronic illness where I struggle to walk in sand… but I really enjoy watching them play.


  86. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 5:07 pm

    I grew up in Blackpool and loved playing bingo on the piers. Would love to do again!


  87. User: MrsJ2000

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 4:39 pm

    love to sit with a cocktail and a good book and relax


  88. User: katieskatie82

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 4:07 pm

    nice walk on the sand


  89. User: Heather N

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 3:40 pm

    I love looking for interesting stones on a pebble beach – and maybe a paddle if I’m feeling brave!


  90. User: AH18

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 1:37 pm

    I like the quieter more secluded beaches, nothing better than listening to the waves crashing whilst reading a good book


  91. User: sxhamilt

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 12:21 pm

    Definitely ice cream with a flake!


  92. User: Martha

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 12:00 pm

    Walking along the beach and listening to the sound of the waves.


  93. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 11:19 am

    It’s gotta be fish and chips on beach, is there anything more British?


  94. User: krysf34

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 10:51 am

    I love jumping in the sea and body boarding with the kids!


  95. User: Ellie F Wood

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 9:49 am

    Reading a good book while listening to the waves with a nice snack!


  96. User: Kathleen marsden

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 9:44 am

    Build sandcastles with the grandchildren


  97. User: PAULINE HILL

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 9:37 am



  98. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 9:00 am

    I love swimming in the sea and jumping over the waves.


  99. User: EllieMF

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 1:25 am

    I love just watching my little dog running around enjoying himself


  100. User: Elisha

    Posted on: 11/09/2021 at 1:23 am

    For me it’s just watching my little dog running round enjoying himself


  101. User: Whizadora

    Posted on: 10/09/2021 at 7:12 pm

    I love going for a walk on the beach with my dog Flossie (when she is allowed)!


  102. User: Palgar

    Posted on: 09/09/2021 at 3:10 pm

    I love watching the seagulls dancing and squawking around fishermen’s boats!


  103. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 09/09/2021 at 3:17 am

    Walks along the sea


  104. User: Iris Radford

    Posted on: 07/09/2021 at 11:43 pm

    Favourite thing at the seaside was when I was a child.
    We’d go to the beach and set up “camp”. We’d play all day – just digging in the sand or running in and out of the sea. Having homemade sandwiches and cake and a jug of tea from the beach cafe.


  105. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 06/09/2021 at 12:37 pm

    My favourite thing is to sit on a harbourside seat and and beat the seagulls into eating my fish and chips


  106. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 06/09/2021 at 7:10 am

    I like walking along the seafront and admiring the views. Also, I can’t visit the beach without stopping off at a shop and buying a stick of rock to take home. The challenge is to then eat said rock without breaking any teeth!


  107. User: Michelle Ptak

    Posted on: 06/09/2021 at 6:49 am

    I love going kayaking with my boys when the water is nice and calm, many thanks


  108. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 06/09/2021 at 6:39 am

    Oooh it depends on the beach. I love rock pools, especially the ones where each one looks like a tiny underwater garden with its own inhabitants enjoying the scenery, I can watch those for hours. But when it’s a more traditional “day at the seaside” beach, I head straight to the shellfish stall for a pot of cockles and mussels or shrimps.


  109. User: philatel

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 11:22 pm

    Lying on the warm sand, listening to the tide and reading a book.


  110. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 11:21 pm

    It would have to be fish and chips & a quick paddle!
    In any nice warm sea I would be floating & playing around in the waves for hours, but not in British seas! ❄❄


  111. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 9:01 pm

    A nice walk along the tide’’s edge!


  112. User: Chrisanne

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 8:35 pm

    Watching the sea endlessly-fascinating always.


  113. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 8:17 pm

    Walking along the beach, just listening to the tide.


  114. User: Jac

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 8:08 pm

    Fish and chips is a must at the seaside


  115. User: Janine

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 6:54 pm

    Building sand castles with the little ones x


  116. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 6:20 pm

    Burying a sibling in the sand!


  117. User: Yvonne (@Fiction_Books)

    Posted on: 05/09/2021 at 6:02 pm

    Of course I enjoy any of the suggestions you made – mention food and I’m there!

    However my real idea of heaven is to watch and more importantly, listen to the waves crashing onto the shoreline.

    It’s fine if that is a sand beach, better if it is a pebbly beach and best of all if it is a really rocky coastline, so that the waves can get some serious ‘crashing’ going on!


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