""...I would recommend it to a reader who loves their cosy crime."
Pearl Nolan, restaurateur and private detective in Whitstable, Kent, is asked by a woman called Christina Scott to investigate the disappearance of her husband Steven seven years ago. At the time, the police investigated and considered that he had either disappeared for reasons of his own or had committed suicide, as a supposed suicide note had been left in his car, which was abandoned on a slipway in the village of Oare. But Christine was pregnant at the time, and is sure Steven would not have done any of those.
So Pearl begins investigating. After questioning Alan and Linda, Steven's parents, Pearl discovers that they have found God, through a small church founded by the Revd Russell Cameron which Steven was investigating for some reason. Why was Steven so interested in it? Her investigations also takes in to a former children's home, a woman doing up a small boat, a beach party, the owner of a building to be used as a picture gallery, and the Isle of Sheppey. The love of Pearl's life, DCI Mike McGuire, has returned from a posting in London, and he helps her, in an unofficial way, in her investigations. He also supplies an intriguing will-they-won't-they love dimension to the story.
And through it all runs the town of Whitstable and its surrounding towns and villages. I am no expert on this part of Kent, but the places described are no doubt real and can be visited.