Murder Fest (2019) by Julie Wassmer

Whit Fest is on its way – an arts festival held to coincide with a cultural exchange from Borken, the twin town of Whitstable – and Pearl Nolan is recruited to help provide the food and drink. Well, she does own a restaurant, and her detective agency hasn’t had a case in months. But when a mysterious note is delivered on the eve of the celebrations, simply containing the words “Murder Fest”, Pearl fears that something wicked this way comes…

Needless to say, she is correct – a celebrated author is found murdered hours when he was due to give a talk. But with Pearl’s other half, DCI Mike McGuire, hamstrung in his investigation (and their relationship) by the partner foisted on him by his boss, it’s up to Pearl to catch the killer before they strike again.

Still very busy with Brian Flynn and my actual job, so apologies as I missed publication date for this one. This is the sixth Whitstable Pearl mystery, an endearing series of cosy murder mysteries, featuring chef/detective Pearl Nolan and her coterie of supporting characters. Don’t be put off by the recommendation on the cover from George Galloway of all people, this is a quality title, on a par with, for example, Simon Brett’s Fethering mysteries.

This one doesn’t stray far from the expected formula – the preceding book, Disappearance at Oare, was a little more experimental – but that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s a very entertaining read, and another strong entry into the series.

Apologies again for the brevity of recent reviews – normal service will resume soon.

Availability: Out now in paperback and ebook.


  1. Thanks for the review. I’ve enjoyed the other entries in this series – finally finished all of them, but in roughly the wrong order – and so I’m glad to hear that the quality has been maintained in this latest offering. 😊


  2. Thank you so much for this smashing review, Puzzle Doctor. I’m so pleased you’re enjoying my “Pearls”. The TV company have renewed their option so fingers crossed for Pearl and McGuire ending up on the small screen. Thanks for all. Jx

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