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  • Location: Whitstable, Oare, Isle of Sheppey

Disappearance at Oare

Disappearance at Oare

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2000s: The Whitstable Pearl restaurant has been busy all summer

  • ISBN: 978-1472124944
  • Genre: Cosy crime

What you need to know before your trail

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…

Travel Guide

Whitstable, Oare, Herne Bay and Isle of Sheppey

Oare Marshes

Thirteen miles from Whitstable, Oare is a beautiful and mysterious setting that attracts walkers and birdwatchers to the nearby nature reserve.  It’s also the place where Steven Scott’s car was found abandoned, on an old slipway at Harty Ferry.


Pearl is also drawn to an area of flatlands known as Hollowshore where the tidal water from the Swale splits into Faversham Creek, to the east, and Oare Creek, to the west. it’s here that Pearl meets with Steven Scott’s stepfather to learn more about the paintings that Steven was about to exhibit .

Faversham Creek

The quayside at Faversham Creek is part of a conservation area. It was here on the Creekside that Steven Scott came to paint his pictures and here that Pearl encounters a mysterious red-haired woman, Celia, owner of a houseboat called The Seahorse – a creature that was considered to be a lucky omen for the sailors of Ancient Greece and Rome….

Herne Bay and Reculver

Pearl’s investigation also takes her to the ancient point of Reculver, with its ruined church, perched high above the Herne Bay coastline, and to Herne Bay itself in order to interview Steven Scott’s mother, Linda.

Isle of Sheppey

Ignoring DCI Mike McGuire’s warnings not to pursue the case, Pearl heads off across the Sheppey Crossing….

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Booktrail Boarding Pass: Disappearance at Oare

Destination :  Whitstable, Oare, Isle of Sheppey  Author/Guide: Julie Wassmer  Departure Time: 2000s

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