Pearl Nolan

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 160 ratings

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery Summary

Pearl Nolan always wanted to be a detective, but life - and a teenage pregnancy - got in the way of a police career, and instead she built up a successful seafood restaurant in her coastal hometown of Whitstable - famous for its native oysters.

Now, at 39, and with son Charlie away at university, Pearl finds herself suffering from empty nest syndrome...until she discovers the drowned body of local oyster fisherman Vinnie Rowe, weighted down with an anchor chain, on the eve of Whitstable's annual oyster festival. Is it a tragic accident, suicide - or murder?

Pearl seizes the opportunity to prove her detection skills and discover the truth, but she soon finds herself in conflict with Canterbury city police detective Chief Inspector Mike McGuire. Then another body is discovered - and Pearl finds herself trawling the past for clues, triggering memories of another emotional summer more than 20 years ago....

Cover designed by Patrick Knowles.

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  • Book 1

    • The Whitstable Pearl Mystery

    • Pearl Nolan, Book 1
    • By: Julie Wassmer
    • Narrated by: Jenna Russell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    Pearl Nolan always wanted to be a detective, but life - and a teenage pregnancy - got in the way of a police career, and instead she built up a successful seafood restaurant in her coastal hometown of Whitstable - famous for its native oysters. Now, at 39, and with son Charlie away at university, Pearl finds herself suffering from empty nest syndrome...until she discovers the drowned body of local oyster fisherman Vinnie Rowe, weighted down with an anchor chain, on the eve of Whitstable's annual oyster festival.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful mystery.

    • By Amazon Customer on 22-09-16

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 2

    • Murder on Sea

    • Pearl Nolan, Book 2
    • By: Julie Wassmer
    • Narrated by: Jenna Russell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    It's not the season of goodwill to all men.... The festive month is kicking off in style, and Pearl is rushed off her feet with her restaurant, The Whitstable Pearl. She's also busy planning her own family Christmas and providing mulled wine for a charity church fund-raiser when Christmas cards begin arriving all over town - filled with spiteful messages from an anonymous writer. Pearl's curiosity is piqued, but, having pledged not to take on a case at her detective agency before Christmas, she reluctantly agrees that Canterbury's DCI Mike McGuire should take over.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This one makes no sense at all .... avoid

    • By Gerard on 25-10-16

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 3

    • May Day Murder

    • Pearl Nolan, Book 3
    • By: Julie Wassmer
    • Narrated by: Jenna Russell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    In the run-up to May Day, Pearl's detective agency finds itself taking on a curious case: someone has been stealing underwear from washing lines. The victims, all local women with nothing in common other than a taste for fine underwear, have clubbed together to enlist Pearl's services, since the local police seem unable to help.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Thin story and a poor reading

    • By bookwoman on 11-05-17

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 4

    • Murder on the Pilgrims Way

    • By: Julie Wassmer
    • Narrated by: Willow Nash
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Pearl receives a surprise present from her mother, Dolly: an early summer break at a riverside manor house that has been recently transformed into an exclusive hotel - the newly named Villa Pellegrini. Pellegrini - the Italian word for pilgrims - reflects the fact that the building lies on the old Pilgrims Way into Canterbury, and Pearl is looking forward to the break, not least because DCI Mike McGuire has been neglecting her due to his work.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing narration

    • By A.C.B. on 17-10-17

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 5

    • Disappearance at Oare

    • Whitstable Pearl Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Julie Wassmer
    • Narrated by: Willow Nash
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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. Will Pearl help her solve the riddle of Steven's disappearance? 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing narration ruins it

    • By Kayes on 14-04-19

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 6

    • Murder Fest

    • By: Julie Wassmer
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Discover the Whitstable Pearl mysteries: a combination of seafood, murder, and a multi-tasking heroine on the coast of Kent...Pearl's detective agency takes a back seat as she prepares to offer a warm welcome to a group of special visitors. A local Arts Festival is being held to honour a cultural exchange visit from representatives of Borken - Whitstable's Twin Town in Germany. Yet very soon, personality clashes surface among the participants; local politicians try to use the festival for their own ends while others jostle for improved billing on the festival programme..  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Postcard from Whitstable

    • By Sararara on 11-05-19

    Regular price: £19.99