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Disappearance at Oare

Whitstable Pearl Mysteries, Book 5
Narrated by: Willow Nash
Series: Pearl Nolan, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

The Whitstable Pearl restaurant has been busy all summer while Pearl's detective agency has brought few interesting cases - until a prospective client calls.... 

Christina Scott confides that seven years ago she had the perfect life, with a seaside home, a confirmed pregnancy and Steven, a loving husband - until one morning she woke to find herself alone. Christina's husband had vanished, taking nothing with him but his car - which was later found abandoned at the beautifully mysterious Oare Marshes. 

Now, with the legal presumption of Steven's death about to be made, Christina shows a photograph to Pearl. It's not of him but of her young son, Martin, who has grown up without his father - and Christina is adamant he now deserves to know the truth. Will Pearl help her solve the riddle of Steven's disappearance? 

DCI Mike McGuire warns Pearl she's on a fool's errand, but the case resonates with Pearl as she begins to uncover secrets and lies that take her on a dangerous journey back into her own past as well as Christina's....

©2018 Julie Wassmer (P)2019 Little, Brown Book Group

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"A tried-and-tested crime recipe with Whitstable flavours that makes for a Michelin-starred read." (Daily Mail)

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Disappointing narration ruins it

I generally find this series easy reading/listening and like the main characters. Unfortunately I’d forgotten how disappointed I was with this narrator’s voices for the main characters in the last book and this is no better. Why make McGuire sound so stupid? Also the flow of the sentences is often wrong. Sadly I am returning the book and will be reading the kindle versions.

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Reasonable book. Poor narration.

I have liked all of the Pearl Nolan books but this is probably the weakest of them all. I’m not saying it’s bad but it’s definitely not the as good as the others. As for the narration, oh dear! I am seriously considering sending this one back. Why does Willow Nash have to make DCI Maguire sound cockney and thick. The description of Maguire by Julie Wassmer is so at odds with the narrators reading of the book that it seriously jars when you listen to it. Several characters seem to have been given a pseudo cockney accent and it just doesn’t work. I have stopped listening several times because of this and gone back to it again a few days later only to find it so annoying that I’ve had to stop again.