Crime Fiction Giveaway

Just a quick post for this giveaway as the full review will appear in Shiny on 8th October when our autumn edition goes live. But the lovely people at Constable offered me a free copy for any of my readers, anywhere, and a comment will put you in the draw.

murder on seaEarlier this year I read the first in the Whitstable Pearl series by Julie Wassmer and enjoyed it. Wassmer used to write scripts for Eastenders, so she was always going to be a safe pair of hands. This second novel was, unsurprisingly, better than the first as is so often the case with crime fiction series, as the characters become more clearly defined and grow from book to book.

I started reading this one morning last week, and although I had all sorts of things I ought to have been doing, I finished it later that same day. It’s cosy crime set in the seaside community of Whitstable and our sleuth is restauranteur and private eye, Pearl Nolan. A spate of poison pen messages in Christmas cards causes much upset among Pearl’s friends and acquaintances, and is swiftly followed by a suspicious death at the church hall fundraiser. Pearl’s love interest, DCI Mike McGuire happens to be at the fundraiser thanks to Pearl and so he, too, finds himself excluded from the police investigation. Together, they set out to find the culprit.

This is just a really good, engaging story, lots of suspects and colourful characters, strong plotting, satisfying ending. Cosy crime isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s my comfort reading go-to. If it’s yours, put yourself in the draw, which I’ll close next Friday, 2nd October.

17 thoughts on “Crime Fiction Giveaway

  1. Cosy crime is absolute comfort reading for me. Whenever I am house-bound by flu or some other ailment, I stock-up on cosy crime, tissues and tea — and read myself through it. It was during a terrible bout of flu a few years ago, that I ‘discovered’ and read almost the entire Agatha Raisin series. I did the same with Margery Allingham (probably not ‘cosy’, but a great crime writer) when recovering from minor surgery. The habit dates back to childhood, when I would read Enid Blyton’s Famous Five mysteries — and later, Agatha Christie — if I was ever home sick from school. Coincidentally, I am unwell today — reading your post has encouraged me to unplug the laptop and look to my bookshelf for a remedy.

  2. I was lucky enough to meet Julie earlier this year at a book signing for The Whitstable Pearl Mystery. I would love to a copy of this new book. Thank you for a great giveaway.

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