New Whitstable Pearl book launches from Whitstable RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

A new book in the Whitstable Pearl Mystery series is set to have its launch event at Whitstable’s RNLI Lifeboat station on Thursday August 25th at 6.30pm with all the ticket proceeds going to Whitstable RNLI.

Kerry Godliman as Pearl and Howard Charles as Canterbury police detective DCI McGuire.
Kerry Godliman as Pearl and Howard Charles as Canterbury police detective DCI McGuire.
Murder at Mount Ephraim, the ninth book in the series written by Whitstable author, Julie Wassmer, is set on the real-life 800 acre estate of Mount Ephraim near Faversham, but features Whitstable private detective , Pearl Nolan, who owns a seafood restaurant called The Whitstable Pearl.

Former EastEnders writer, Julie, says: “The books are now a TV series, Whitstable Pearl, made by the streaming channel Acorn TV and in one episode, Mount Ephraim was actually used as a location. I suddenly realised what a perfect setting the historic manor house and its 10 acres of beautiful gardens would make for a classic ‘closed circle’ country house murder mystery novel. During the Covid pandemic, when Mount Ephraim couldn’t open for weddings or other events, I managed to spend time there exploring the grounds and soaking up the atmosphere – and the result is Murder at Mount Ephraim. I’m very grateful to Whitstable RNLI for offering me the Lifeboat Station as a venue for this event and also very pleased that all the ticket proceeds will be going to this much-loved organisation.”

The launch event will include a talk from Julie about her books and the TV series which stars Kerry Godliman as Pearl and Howard Charles as Canterbury police detective DCI McGuire. A second season of Whitstable Pearl was filmed this spring and will begin streaming later this year.

Tickets for the launch event are £5 and available from Harbour Books, 21 Harbour Street, or Whitstable’s RNLI Lifeboat Shop.


Julie Wassmer

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01227 266910/07400 926053

Kellie Gray (for Whitstable RNLI)

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07966 046693

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Whitstable author Julie Wassmer.
Whitstable author Julie Wassmer.
Launch event poster.
Launch event poster.
Whitstable RNLI lifeboat station.

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Whitstable RNLI lifeboat station.

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