The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie WassmerAn intriguing debut mystery novel combining seafood, murder and a multitasking heroine in a gorgeous seaside location!
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 home town 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 Whitstables 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 twenty years ago . . .
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David Essex: Why Whitstable is Britain's greatest seaside town
Oysters served on the Whitstable Beach at The Forge. An hour and a half train journey from London's St. Pancras Station to Whitstable, in Kent, transports oyster lovers to what must be the closest thing to bivalve heaven. The seaside town of Whitstable , on the North coast of Kent in southeast England, has been famous for its succulent, fatty oysters since the s. The local oystery, The Whitstable Oyster Company, actually traces its origins back to that time and is one of the oldest food companies in Europe.
Please refresh the page and retry. I first visited this north Kent town in , fell in love with it and bought a flat there overlooking the sea. It has a working harbour, which I find fascinating, with small independent shops, twisting little side streets with quaint names like Squeeze Gut Alley, and, of course, the sea. It hasn't really been commercialised, so it retains a traditional English seaside feel. It's only 45 minutes from London, so for several years I split my time between the capital and Whitstable.
It's no secret that we love Whitstable, and if you don't already we're pretty sure you will too when you visit. To encourage you to put it on your 'bucket and spade list', we list 8 reasons to visit this popular seaside town. Native Oysters have been harvested in Whitstable since Roman times, and while these can sometimes be harder to get hold of, there are also plenty of locally grown rock oysters to be enjoyed. Whitstable is not just about oysters. Like any seaside town, Whitstable has its fair share of excellent fish and chip shops, and restaurants making the most of locally caught fresh fish.
Whitstable's attractions include the usual seaside activities: swimming is a great option, with safe beaches and remarkably warm water; kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing are other favourite pastimes; you can take a boat trip to see the Kentish Flats Windfarm and Maunsell Army Towers ; or you can relax with an ice-cream or perhaps enjoy an afternoon crabbing? Whitstable's other things to do and see include a working harbour , a wonderful selection of independent stores this is a good place to pick up an antique , great eateries serving the freshest of fish, a small castle with exquisite grounds, and an interesting museum. Whitstable is situated about 7 mies from the cathedral city of Canterbury , which makes a great day trip. Little wonder then that Whitstable, also famous for its oysters , has become a favourite holiday destination for the well-heeled. Here's our selection of the 8 best things to do.
Looking to escape from London for the day? Or to sample the British seaside at its finest? Then Whitstable, just over an hour from the big smoke, is a perfect choice. Our guide will show you exactly how to spend a day in Whitstable or even longer , alongside our recommendations for things to do, where to eat and where to stay - it really is the perfect English day trip! We both regularly crave to be away from so much traffic, so many people, so many of the things we don't love about London.