Restaurant owner Pearl Nolan discovers the body of her friend and oyster supplier chained to the anchor of his ship; the police believe it was an accident, but Pearl, who also runs a private detective agency, suspects foul play.
Working with local cop DS Nikki Martel, Mike investigates the death of a diabetic estate agent force-fed marmalade; Pearl discovers Whitstable may have a mysterious benefactor.
With her son grown, single mum Pearl pursues her lifelong dream and starts a private detective agency, which she runs from her family restaurant in the coastal town of Whitstable; locals soon flock to her with all kinds of cases.
Pearl agrees to help a woman who received a note claiming her missing husband did not die from suicide; as Christmas approaches, Mike sinks into a depression, despite taking on a new flat in Whitstable.
When a mother takes her daughter out for a boat ride despite the father's wishes, the boat starts taking on water and the two need to be rescued. Pearl investigates whether it was an accident, or if they were targeted, while Mike tries to enjoy his time off from police duty in the days before New Year's Eve.
A 30-year-old skeleton washes up on the shore, and the victim has a very personal connection to Pearl. Pearl's budding romance with Mike is threatened when he identifies a suspect close to home.
Sophia Del Pizzo
DS Nikki Martel
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