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 - and Christina is adamant he now deserves to know the truth. 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)