Julie Wassmer's bestselling crime series The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries has been optioned for TV. Disappearance at Oare
is the fifth instalment.
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 but Christina is adamant he now deserves to know the truth. And 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...
'A tried-and-tested crime recipe with Whitstable flavours that makes for a Michelin-starred read' - Daily Mail
Detective Constable Lisa Cutts is perhaps unique, both investigating violent crime and chronicling it. Her new book Lost Lives will be released in November this year.
When DI Harry Powell is called to a shooting in East Rise, he recognises the address. Martha Lipton, convicted sex offender, lives in one of the ground floor flats. The other occupants vary from a drug dealer to a serving police officer.
At first, hostility from local people makes the team’s job all the more difficult for them to work out if the bullet was in fact meant for one of the other residents. The victim is not fatally injured but, clearly terrified, also refuses to engage with the team.
Can Harry get to the bottom of what is scaring everyone into silence, before more dead bodies appear?
Authoritative and experienced, Lisa Cutts is the author of five police procedural novels, based on her twenty years of policing work.