Murder of Pearl is a cozy mystery with murders to be solved in a home with lots of guests and therefore suspects, and it is great for anyone wanting to figure out whodunnit.

3.5-STAR REVIEW: Murder of Pearl by Nellie H. Steele

About The Book

Pearl Party Cozy Mysteries: Book 1
Publication Date: October 21, 2022

The world’s her oyster…until someone is stabbed with her shucking knife.

With a struggling pearl party business, sisters Kelly and Jodi Silverman are thrilled to land a weekend long jewelry party at a large estate. But the gothic house, complete with its weeping woman fountain, gives Kelly a bad vibe.

A nasty storm strands them at the spooky mansion. And when the birthday gal is found with Kelly’s shucking knife poking from her chest, they’re not only stuck in the creepy house with a murderer roaming the halls but Kelly’s accused of the crime.

Can Kelly and Jodi piece together the limited clues, prove their innocence and stay alive? Or will this pearl party be their last?
If you love comedy mystery a la Clue, you’ll love Murder of Pearl, Book 1 in the Pearl Party Cozy Mystery series!

The Review

Murder of Pearl is the first book in the Pearl Party Cozy Mysteries series by Nellie H. Steele. The book has a different premise, with Kelly and her sister Jodi who will be performing a pearl party for an eightieth birthday party. 

The honoree is named Pearl, and her daughter thought it would be a nice touch to have pearls as its theme since it’s a play on her name. The story has the sisters playing amateur sleuths after two murders at the home where the weekend activities are set to take place. And those murdered are the guest of honor and her daughter, who’s hosting the party at her mother’s house. It doesn’t help that it’s a very rainy weekend with lots of storms, roads washed out, and the house has a lot of darkness and bad vibes, too.

The story is almost slapstick in nature since Kelly and Jodi are running all over the house trying to sort through clues and whodunnit. There are a lot of twists and turns as fingers are pointed every which way by Kelly and Jodi, as well as the guests. 

I felt the story could have had more depth, and it was easy for me to solve the crime. It actually took Kelly, Jodi, and a few of the others quite a bit longer. There is a lot of darkness, not only because of the weather and the murders. There is closure, and the epilogue is nicely portrayed and hints at what’s to come. I will give another book or two in this series a try and see if there is more depth to the characters and the story.

Murder of Pearl is a cozy mystery with murders to be solved in a home with lots of guests and therefore suspects, and it is great for anyone wanting to figure out whodunnit.

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About The Author

Award-winning author Nellie H. Steele writes in as many genres as she reads.

Addicted to books since she could read, Nellie escaped to fictional worlds like the ones created by Carolyn Keene or Victoria Holt long before she decided to put pen to paper and create her own realities.

When she’s not spinning a cozy mystery tale, building a new realm in a contemporary fantasy, or writing another action-adventure car chase, you can find her shuffling through her Noah’s Ark of rescue animals or enjoying a hot cuppa (that’s tea for most Americans.)


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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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Murder of Pearl is a cozy mystery with murders to be solved in a home with lots of guests and therefore suspects, and it is great for anyone wanting to figure out whodunnit.3.5-STAR REVIEW: Murder of Pearl by Nellie H. Steele