I hope you are having a wonderful March! Today’s post is a review of a book I was gifted by a friend at Christmas and I have not yet realised a book review. This is book three in the series and therefore I need to go back and read the first two!
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. Tempers flare, old feuds re-surface and on the eve of the first event, a cryptic message – Murder Fest – is received by the local police. Before DCI Mike McGuire has a chance to investigate, the festival commences with an unscheduled event when a celebrated author is found brutally murdered . . .
Soon the only ‘Arts’ on display are dark ones, as Whitstable’s celebration of local culture transforms into a real-life murder fest – offering Whitstable’s Pearl Nolan another mystery to solve.
Julie Wassmer was a television drama writer who contributed for almost twenty years to the popular BBC series EastEnders.
She published her autobiography More Than Just Coincidence in 2010, in which she describes finding her long-lost daughter after an astonishing twist of fate. It was voted Mumsnet book of the year.
Julie lives in Whitstable and is well known for her environmental campaigning.
I love that this book is set somewhere that I have visited a lot and can picture the locations clearly. I am coming into this series a little late though so will have to go back and read the previous books to get the in-depth background to the characters. That being said I still managed to fall in love with this book and could not put it down. It has taken me a while to get round to writing a review on it but I honestly finished this book within three days of receiving it and I could not put it down. I love the concept of it being a series that just jumps straight back into the story following on from the other books, but in a way that means if you have not read the other books you do not miss out on a lot of information.
Have you read this series? What did you think?