Created by Julie Wassmer
Now that her beloved son Charlie has trundled off to university (all of fifteen or so minutes away!), restauranteur and single mother PEARL NOLAN finds herself wanting to do more than just work at the family pub/restaurant in the small touristy town of Whitstable on the north coast of Kent in south-east England.
But a woman can only shuck so many oysters, and so she decides to realize a long delayed dream, and opens her own part-time detective agency (once upon a time, she was a cop, but gave it up when she fell pregnant with Charlie). Thing is, she runs the agency out of the pub–under the ever-watchful eye of her salty, sassy party-girl mother Dolly.
But it’s not just dear old Mum who’s wary of Pearl’s detective ambitions–she soon finds herself in perpetual conflict with the newest cop in town (a transplant from London), Canterbury city police detective, Chief Inspector Mike McGuire, in a series of foodie cozies by British author Julie Wassmer. Naturally, she’s also attracted to him.
In 2021, Acorn TV and Buccaneer Media decided to adapt the books for television, starring Kerry Godliman as Pearl, and Howard Charles as Mike McGuire, who’s decidedly trimmer (and decidedly Blacker) than he is in the books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Before she started writing books, Julie Wassmer wrote the popular BBC series, EastEnders, for nearly 20 years. Her 2010 memoir, More Than Just Coincidence, relating her reunion with the daughter she had given up for adoption when she was a teenager, was Sunday Times bestseller, while her popular Whitstable Pearl mysteries hasbeeen adapted for television. Julie actually lives in Whitstable where she shares a home with her husband and three cats.
- Dolly: Do you even remember what a penis looks like? You know what happens to a wooden boat when it’s been out of the water too long?
Pearl: Which part of me are you comparing to a wooden boat?
- “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
- The Whistable Pearl Mystery (2015) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- Murder on Sea (2015) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- May Day Murder (2016) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- Murder on the Pilgrims Way (2017) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Disappearance at Oare (2018) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Murder Fest (2019) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Murder on the Downs (2020) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Strictly Murder (2021) | Kindle it!
- WHISTABLE PEARL
(2021, Acorn TV/Buccaneer Media)
Based on characters created by Julie Wassmer
Writers: Julie Wassmer, Mike Walden, Øystein Karlsen, Alastair Galbraith, Rachel Flowerday
Directors: David Caffrey, Jon Jones
Starring Kerry Godliman as PEARL NOLAN
With Howard Charles as Mike McGuire
Rohan Nedd Rohan Nedd as Charlie
Sophia Del Pizzo as DS Nikki Martel
and Frances Barber as Dolly Nolan
- “The Free Waters” (May 24, 2021)
- “Random Acts” (May 24, 2021)