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To solve an impossible murder, you need an impossible hero… Judith Potts is seventy-seven years old and blissfully happy. She lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there’s no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper. One evening, while out swimming in the Thame To solve an impossible murder, you need an impossible hero… Judith Potts is seventy-seven years old and blissfully happy. She lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there’s no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper. One evening, while out swimming in the Thames, Judith witnesses a brutal murder. The local police don’t believe her story, so she decides to investigate for herself, and is soon joined in her quest by Suzie, a salt-of-the-earth dog-walker, and Becks, the prim and proper wife of the local Vicar. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club. When another body turns up, they realise they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set out to solve has become a trap from which they might never escape…


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To solve an impossible murder, you need an impossible hero… Judith Potts is seventy-seven years old and blissfully happy. She lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there’s no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper. One evening, while out swimming in the Thame To solve an impossible murder, you need an impossible hero… Judith Potts is seventy-seven years old and blissfully happy. She lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there’s no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper. One evening, while out swimming in the Thames, Judith witnesses a brutal murder. The local police don’t believe her story, so she decides to investigate for herself, and is soon joined in her quest by Suzie, a salt-of-the-earth dog-walker, and Becks, the prim and proper wife of the local Vicar. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club. When another body turns up, they realise they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set out to solve has become a trap from which they might never escape…

30 review for The Marlow Murder Club

  1. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... "...as far as I can see, she could be our killer." Beck's eyes widened in amazement. "That's not posible, she does yoga!" "The Marlow Murder Club" is the second book I've read in the past few months where a group of senior citizens go and solve a murder. It seems to be becoming quite a trend and I only have three words: KEEP THEM COMING! I loved "The Thursday Murder Club" and I've loved "The Marlow Murder Club". I find so refreshing to re Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... "...as far as I can see, she could be our killer." Beck's eyes widened in amazement. "That's not posible, she does yoga!" "The Marlow Murder Club" is the second book I've read in the past few months where a group of senior citizens go and solve a murder. It seems to be becoming quite a trend and I only have three words: KEEP THEM COMING! I loved "The Thursday Murder Club" and I've loved "The Marlow Murder Club". I find so refreshing to read a murder mystery with a group of unlikely sleuths and not a tormented detective! Meet Judith Potts, 77, living in a mansion and designing crosswords for the paper. When she stumbles upon her neighbor's murder police don't listen to her cause, murder don't happen in Marlow, so she must try to solve it herself. I just knew I was gonna love Judith after her first appearance, when she goes skinny dipping into the Thames. In that moment is made clear that she's not a frail old lady and that nothing will stop her till she finds the truth. She reminded me of Miss Marple on steroids! But she's not alone doing all the sleuthing. She enlists the help of two unlikely allies. Suzie, the village's dog walker and Becks, the prim and proper Vicar's wife. Besides DS Tanika Malik, the acting police investigator, they conform a group of absolutely delightful and charming characters. I loved their friendship and the bond it was established between them. Once they all started working together I came to think of Judith, Suzie and Becks as Tanika's Angels! They had some pretty funny interactions and there were several laugh out loud moments throughout the story. The murder mystery itself was a bit overcomplicated at times but at the end every piece fit together as in one of Judith's puzzles. The story also pointed the finger to some issues that added a layer of depth to the characters, such as loneliness in the old age, being invisible to others when you're past a certain age, being taken for granted by your own family or estrangement from your kids. All this made the characters not only quirky and funny but also humane. The writing was so good I could easily visualize Judith cycling around Marlow. Nicolette McKenzie, the audiobook narrator did an outstanding job giving each of the characters a distinctive voice. An engaging murder mystery and a group of lovable and humorous characters make of "The Marlow Murder Club" a really enjoyable read. Hoping to meet Judith and co. again really soon!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Seventy-seven-year-old Judith Potts isn’t one for staying out of other people’s business and when she hears shouting and a gunshot coming from her neighbour’s garden whilst she is out swimming she is certain that there has been a murder but the police don’t seem to think so. That is until Judith does a bit more digging and finds her neighbour’s body. Given that Marlow is a sleepy village the police think that it is more likely her neighbour killed himself Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Seventy-seven-year-old Judith Potts isn’t one for staying out of other people’s business and when she hears shouting and a gunshot coming from her neighbour’s garden whilst she is out swimming she is certain that there has been a murder but the police don’t seem to think so. That is until Judith does a bit more digging and finds her neighbour’s body. Given that Marlow is a sleepy village the police think that it is more likely her neighbour killed himself rather than was murdered but Judith is having none of it. As more bodies start stacking up Judith decides to get hands-on with the help of dog walker Suzie and a reluctant helper Vicar’s wife Becks. As the list of suspects increases, Judith soon realises that her life may be in danger, but she isn’t a woman to be reckoned with. The Marlow Murder Club is probably my favourite book of the year so far (I know we are only 20 days in). It is so refreshing to have a cast of older protagonists and a sleepy village having its name ruined by a string of murders and a local copper out of her depth. The characters are charming, humorous, and clever as well as deceiving and happy to put their lives literally on the line to find a killer and to help the police officer, DS Tanika Malik, who has been put in charge of finding the killer or a team will be sent to the village to do her job. The writing is superb. There are enough hints, twists, and turns to keep the pages turning and the setting is so perfectly written that you can visualise the whole book. I’d love to see this on the screen as it is definitely TV material, even if I do know the ending. I would also love to see the women again, amateur sleuthing and helping out the police as they have a real knack for it. This is a book I didn’t want to put down and I finished it in the early hours of the morning as I just couldn’t stop reading and wanted to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Mrs Judith Potts is seventy seven and lives alone, in a faded mansion, by the Thames. One night, during a heatwave, she is swimming in the river, at the bottom of her garden, when she hears a shot nearby. Calling the police only leads to a desultory search by a constable – shootings, after all, do not happen in Marlow. However, unhappy with this result, Judith goes to investigate herself and finds the body of her neighbour… So begins a really fun mystery, headed by the eccentric Judith – who spen Mrs Judith Potts is seventy seven and lives alone, in a faded mansion, by the Thames. One night, during a heatwave, she is swimming in the river, at the bottom of her garden, when she hears a shot nearby. Calling the police only leads to a desultory search by a constable – shootings, after all, do not happen in Marlow. However, unhappy with this result, Judith goes to investigate herself and finds the body of her neighbour… So begins a really fun mystery, headed by the eccentric Judith – who spends much of her time creating crosswords or making jigsaws, and who sees the murder as an another puzzle to be solved. Before long, she is joined by dog walker, Suzie and vicars wife, Becks; along with the over-stretched office in charge, DS Tanika Malik. All four of the women involved are interesting characters, who have their own personal issues to deal with and who find hidden strengths as they begin to investigate the crime. Together, they begin to uncover evidence which suggest that Marlow is not the picture perfect place it first appears. Jealousy, greed and resentment can be motives in any murder and, before long, there is more than one death to solve. This is a really enjoyable novel and I hope it becomes a series, as I would love to meet the members of the Marlow Murder Club again. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.25* Having loved all ‘Death in Paradise’ novels (and tv series), I couldn’t not try this new offering. I must admit I was a little worried when I read the blurb - another mystery featuring ‘older’ people. This is not new, looking at you Miss Marple, but still... I really shouldn’t have worried. Thorogood seems to have the knack for creating really endearing and interesting characters. Here we have a septuagenarian full of spunk, who loves swimming in the Thames nude (!), and who creates crosswor 4.25* Having loved all ‘Death in Paradise’ novels (and tv series), I couldn’t not try this new offering. I must admit I was a little worried when I read the blurb - another mystery featuring ‘older’ people. This is not new, looking at you Miss Marple, but still... I really shouldn’t have worried. Thorogood seems to have the knack for creating really endearing and interesting characters. Here we have a septuagenarian full of spunk, who loves swimming in the Thames nude (!), and who creates crosswords for a living. Just that was enough to get hooked but the author adds a reluctant vicar’s wife and a no-nonsense dog-walker, all set in a quaint English town. Yep - I couldn’t stop reading. The narrative is well crafted, keeping your interest and grey cells working, mixing thrilling elements with hilarious ones, but also concentrating on these disparate women, their personalities, and how this adventure changes them. I wouldn’t be surprised if Thorogood gave them more crimes to solve.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thea | (unapologetic_bibliosmia)

    There seems to be a real trend of Murder mystery’s recently where instead of the usual 40-something detective protagonist trying to solve the crime, we get a group of little old women, retired, innocent and yet devilishly cunning. I saw it first in The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osmand, (and loved it) but I believe there has been a few recently. This time we don’t just get a sweet old lady though -oh no, we get 77 year old, wooly-cape-wearing, skinny-dipping-in-the-Thames, bicycle-riding, wh There seems to be a real trend of Murder mystery’s recently where instead of the usual 40-something detective protagonist trying to solve the crime, we get a group of little old women, retired, innocent and yet devilishly cunning. I saw it first in The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osmand, (and loved it) but I believe there has been a few recently. This time we don’t just get a sweet old lady though -oh no, we get 77 year old, wooly-cape-wearing, skinny-dipping-in-the-Thames, bicycle-riding, whisky-drinking Judith, who has a hoarding problem and definitely more than just a few skeletons in her closet. Judith is an eccentric loner, wallowing in her inherited mansion on the canal with dirty plates and cups stacking up around her, setting crossword puzzles for the local newspaper and drinking whisky by the bottle until it’s time to go to bed. Our delightful main character has the misfortune of stumbling upon a murder, and is determined to solve the crime herself if the police won’t listen to her. And so Our eccentric loner ends up befriending two of the most unlikely individuals you could imagine - rough and ready dog walker Susie, and prim and proper Vicar’s wife Becks, who ultimately help Judith not only solve the crime, but save her from herself. Their friendship is raw and funny and as unnatural as it is natural, and helps Judith to realize that she doesn’t quite hate having company as much as she thought she did. Equally, being friends with Judith seems to be as rewarding for the others as it is for her, and we see a beautiful friendship blossom...bonded over....Murder. I laughed out loud in places reading this, and the delightful characters just came to life off the page for me. This story told a real story about what it is to grow old, and explored many different aspects to growing old such as loneliness, falling out with family, the drinking to fill the time, the fact that ‘men don’t look twice at you once you’re past 40’, and the crazy hobbies one must take up to ensure one stays fit and sane! This was a really quirky and funny, heartwarming murder mystery that read really easily with lovable characters. I was just a tad disappointed with the ending which didn’t really wow me like I’d have hoped, (and reminded me clearly of a certain famous murder mystery ending which I won’t name here) which felt too deliberate. However, it was a fun read and I’d read more of this crazy unlikely motley trio any day! 4 sugared sweets eating, ‘two sisters sat on a knee’ stars. Thank you to HQ Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Thorogood succeeds in putting the "fun" into a murder mystery. He delivers a unique setting where a group of distinctly different women manage to stay a step ahead of the police in investigating a series of murders. We are first introduced to a 77-year old woman who lives on the Thames in a large old inherited mansion and is full of independent spirit. She is a crossword setter for a newspaper, uses her bicycle as transportation around the town of Marlow and swims in the nude on the odd evening Thorogood succeeds in putting the "fun" into a murder mystery. He delivers a unique setting where a group of distinctly different women manage to stay a step ahead of the police in investigating a series of murders. We are first introduced to a 77-year old woman who lives on the Thames in a large old inherited mansion and is full of independent spirit. She is a crossword setter for a newspaper, uses her bicycle as transportation around the town of Marlow and swims in the nude on the odd evening with no fear of discovery. On one of those evenings she hears her neighbor speak out in alarm and then a gunshot. She quickly reports this to the police, but soon becomes dissatisfied in their responses to her additional queries. Thus the formation of a close group of women is initiated with the purpose of finding out who killed her neighbor, leading to other murder investigations. Lively and amusing action ensues. The book is great fun! note: the author is the creator of "Death in Paradise" series. Loan from a Friend, Thank You!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becca Adams

    Thanks so much to HQ for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. This was such an easy read. 77 year old eccentric, Marlow resident Judith is out swimming in the river when she hears a gun shot at her neighbours house. The police are sure it’s suicide. Judith knows he must of been murdered and if the police aren’t going to solve the crime, then she is going to take it into her own hands. Judith is very witty and clever: a real likeable character. She becomes unlikely friends with Becks: Thanks so much to HQ for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. This was such an easy read. 77 year old eccentric, Marlow resident Judith is out swimming in the river when she hears a gun shot at her neighbours house. The police are sure it’s suicide. Judith knows he must of been murdered and if the police aren’t going to solve the crime, then she is going to take it into her own hands. Judith is very witty and clever: a real likeable character. She becomes unlikely friends with Becks: a 40 year old house wife married to the Vicar and unrefined dog Walker Suzie. She meets these friends during her sleuthing. Can this team solve the murders and catch the serial killer? And what secrets is Judith hiding? I really enjoyed the authors writing, some parts made me laugh out loud!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anjali (bookstersisters)

    This was such a fun, entertaining cozy mystery. Judith, a 77 year old cross word maker is swimming naked in the river when she hears a gun shot from her neighbor’s house. The police gives no heed to her complaints, so she sets out to solve the mystery for herself and on the way, meets Suzie the dog Walker and Becks the Vicar’s wife. All three women have been overlooked for the most part and how they pool together to solve the crime and in that process overcome their personal issues form the rest This was such a fun, entertaining cozy mystery. Judith, a 77 year old cross word maker is swimming naked in the river when she hears a gun shot from her neighbor’s house. The police gives no heed to her complaints, so she sets out to solve the mystery for herself and on the way, meets Suzie the dog Walker and Becks the Vicar’s wife. All three women have been overlooked for the most part and how they pool together to solve the crime and in that process overcome their personal issues form the rest of the story. I loved loved loved all three crazy, fantastic, badass, feisty ladies. Some of their antics hd in me in splits laughing and I thoroughly enjoyed the book even with the predictable plot line. Would definitely recommend the book for those looking for a fun, cozy mystery to curl upto.

  9. 5 out of 5

    V_Nerdbooks

    This is a book that will appeal to people who love a good cosy mystery, it really reminded me of watching a Murder She Wrote episode. Judith Potts is 77 years old and lives in a huge house on the river bank in Marlow. she still works but does it more as a hobby creating crosswords for the local newspaper, and she’s a bit of a local celebrity for that. She’s a very active 77 year old, and loves nothing better than to go for an evening swim in the river Thames that backs onto her house. It is while s This is a book that will appeal to people who love a good cosy mystery, it really reminded me of watching a Murder She Wrote episode. Judith Potts is 77 years old and lives in a huge house on the river bank in Marlow. she still works but does it more as a hobby creating crosswords for the local newspaper, and she’s a bit of a local celebrity for that. She’s a very active 77 year old, and loves nothing better than to go for an evening swim in the river Thames that backs onto her house. It is while she is swimming one evening that she hears the gunshot, after speaking to the police and then finding nothing amiss, Judith knows that she will have to do some investigating herself. After rummaging around and finding that there was indeed a murder, her and two friends that she meets along the way, do a very good job of not minding their own business, and trying to solve the murder. But after a second body is found, Judith, and the rest of the Marlow Murder Club, realise that the quaint village of Marlow, could actually harbour a serial killer, and they are just the people to figure out who it is! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was quick and easy to read, and a lot different to the usual gore filled thrillers that I am used to reading. If you like books such as Agatha Christie or Miss Marple then I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book, I hope the author turns it into a series, I’d love to see Judith and the girls again. **Thank you to HQ stories for sending me a digital copy of this book**

  10. 4 out of 5

    Verity Halliday

    The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood was a very quick read for me. I loved the characters, particularly the eccentric amateur sleuth Judith with her naked swimming and crossword-setting. Very cosy, very enjoyable and great fun. I hope this is the beginning of a series! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for honest feedback.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Leivesley

    I absolutely loved this fun, charming murder mystery. Seventy seven year old crossword creator Judith Potts lives in a mansion overlooking the river and when she hears a gunshot from her neighbours property on the other side of the river whilst out swimming nude, she immediately goes to investigate. Disappointed by the police response she sets out to solve the mystery herself helped by Becks, the vicar's wife and Suzie, a local dog walker. The book is a delight to listen to, and I listened in a I absolutely loved this fun, charming murder mystery. Seventy seven year old crossword creator Judith Potts lives in a mansion overlooking the river and when she hears a gunshot from her neighbours property on the other side of the river whilst out swimming nude, she immediately goes to investigate. Disappointed by the police response she sets out to solve the mystery herself helped by Becks, the vicar's wife and Suzie, a local dog walker. The book is a delight to listen to, and I listened in a day. The writing is superb with plenty of humour, the pacing is perfect, and Mr Thorogood has created a fantastic cast of eccentric characters. It's great to see an older character take centre stage, and I can only describe Judith Potts as a modern day Miss Marple. I couldn't help comparing this with Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club which I read last year and which also has a cast of elderly sleuths, but I enjoyed this book much more. I really, really hope this will become a series (maybe even a tv show?) as I'd love to meet Judith again. Nicolette McKenzie did a great job with the narration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becci

    This book was exactly what I expected It's cute it's fun, it's warm and cosy. I liked our 3 main characters (4 if we include the copper) and seeing their friendship grow. Their investigation was believable and interesting. I did work our the who/how and why of the crime. So not the most genius crime but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride! I will be reading more of his work. This book was exactly what I expected It's cute it's fun, it's warm and cosy. I liked our 3 main characters (4 if we include the copper) and seeing their friendship grow. Their investigation was believable and interesting. I did work our the who/how and why of the crime. So not the most genius crime but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride! I will be reading more of his work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike Sumner

    What a joy to read this terrific Whodunit from Robert Thorogood, the creator of the hit BBC One TV series Death in Paradise. Comparisons with Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club are inevitable, given the similarity of the titles published just a few months apart. There are similarities in plot structure but beyond that they are very different. This is a touch of Agatha Christie meets Colin Dexter with clues, suspects and red herrings, as the main protagonist, the remarkable seventy-seven ye What a joy to read this terrific Whodunit from Robert Thorogood, the creator of the hit BBC One TV series Death in Paradise. Comparisons with Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club are inevitable, given the similarity of the titles published just a few months apart. There are similarities in plot structure but beyond that they are very different. This is a touch of Agatha Christie meets Colin Dexter with clues, suspects and red herrings, as the main protagonist, the remarkable seventy-seven year old Judith Potts puts aside setting crosswords for The Times when she witnesses a brutal murder one evening whilst swimming in the Thames. Judith lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, on the banks of the river. The local police don't believe her story, so she decides to investigate herself, mush like the notorious Miss Marple. She is soon joined by Suzie, a salt-of-the-earth dog walker, and Becks, the prim and proper wife of the local Vicar. Together they are The Marlow Murder Club. With the local police flummoxed as another murder occurs, SIO DS Tanika Malik asks our three ladies to join her undermanned team as civilian advisers, particularly given Judith's uncanny propensity in unearthing clues! The Marlow Murder Club is very funny, brilliantly crafted and hugely enjoyable with a real, spine-tingling finale. More of this please, Mr Thorogood!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    I want to be Judith Potts when I grow up. With a mouth as smart as her mind and a devilish naughtiness you can’t help but take her to your heart. What the blurb doesn’t mention is that Judith was skinny dipping when she heard the ruckus followed by a gunshot. Informing the police, Judith becomes exasperated when they seem to be inept at the simple task of looking for the victim. Deciding to go and look herself she soon discovers the body of her neighbour Stefan, before long another body is discov I want to be Judith Potts when I grow up. With a mouth as smart as her mind and a devilish naughtiness you can’t help but take her to your heart. What the blurb doesn’t mention is that Judith was skinny dipping when she heard the ruckus followed by a gunshot. Informing the police, Judith becomes exasperated when they seem to be inept at the simple task of looking for the victim. Deciding to go and look herself she soon discovers the body of her neighbour Stefan, before long another body is discovered and Judith meets the latest victims dog walker Suzie. Pairing up to swap information Judith then goes to check out an alibi and finds Becks the vicars wife hiding in a cupboard. This trio couldn’t be more different but I have never met a team that I wanted so much to be a part of than this one. Detective Sergeant Tanika Malik is inexperienced but with her boss being signed off with stress she is thrown in at the deep end. Having three busy bodies interfering with her murder cases is not helping, especially as they seem to be getting further in the cases than her team are. I did guess the outcome but the enjoyment of this book for me wasn’t really about solving the mystery. It was about never underestimating a woman, whether it’s a pensioner, a housewife, a dog walker or a Detective Sergeant. They are all more than expected. This is an author that understands women, specifically older women. He acknowledges their weaknesses but in turn he also plays to their strengths. Recognising that women feel they become invisible after a certain age he utilises that and the results left me grinning in glee. Their friendship and the solidarity of women coming together was an utter delight, their combined personalities are a force to be reckoned with.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hudson

    This is a really fun read! We meet our protagonist, 77-year-old Judith Potts, on one of her regular naked swims along the river Thames, which backs on to the back garden of her mansion in Marlow. While swimming she hears a gunshot and realises that her neighbour has just been murdered. So begins a series of killings that the police seem unable to solve but which Judith can’t let rest. Judith sets out to discover just what has happened to lead to these three seemingly innocent people being killed This is a really fun read! We meet our protagonist, 77-year-old Judith Potts, on one of her regular naked swims along the river Thames, which backs on to the back garden of her mansion in Marlow. While swimming she hears a gunshot and realises that her neighbour has just been murdered. So begins a series of killings that the police seem unable to solve but which Judith can’t let rest. Judith sets out to discover just what has happened to lead to these three seemingly innocent people being killed and, along the way, ends up meeting two other women; the fantastic grandmother and dog-walker Suzie, and the lovely vicar’s wife Becks, who help her with her efforts. All three women are brilliant characters, and their blossoming friendship is wonderful to read. All three have been overlooked or underestimated in recent times, and the idea of their coming together and using their skills to help solve a crime is very uplifting. There are some genuinely funny moments and the plot is fun (if easy to solve yourself). There will obviously be comparisons with the very similarly titled "The Thursday Murder Club", since both feature underestimated older characters using their abilities to solve crimes where the police can’t, and this story is as warm and enjoyable as that one. The pacing is good, the supporting cast of characters are great fun, and the descriptions of Marlow are wonderful. I hope to visit this trio in Marlow again soon! My thanks to the author, NetGalley, and the publisher for the arc to review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roz

    I very much like a good old fashioned cozy mystery and this fits the bill very well. We are introduced to Judith Potts, not your typical elderly lady who lives in Marlow and in her spare time compiles crosswords. We discover she finds that she no longer wants to shun friends and welcomes into her life the vicars wife and a local dog walker and together they look to solve crimes the police are unable to solve. The three ladies make a fine team, each bringing humour and their own skills when the lo I very much like a good old fashioned cozy mystery and this fits the bill very well. We are introduced to Judith Potts, not your typical elderly lady who lives in Marlow and in her spare time compiles crosswords. We discover she finds that she no longer wants to shun friends and welcomes into her life the vicars wife and a local dog walker and together they look to solve crimes the police are unable to solve. The three ladies make a fine team, each bringing humour and their own skills when the local DS is left in charge of the murders and unexpectedly allows them to assist in the investigation. There is much humour in the writing and the characters are well written and likeable. I am sure that we will see more from them in future books. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leeanne Graham

    What do you get if you cross a septuagenarian, a dog walker and a vicars wife? The best mystery solving trio in the whole of Marlow!! When the town is rocked by a murder, 77 year old Judith Potts decides to devote her time to solving it. We follow her on her investigation through the town meeting the residents and suspects and picking up a couple of new friends to help her on the way... I won't say any more than that as I don't want to spoil the twists and turns in this brilliant book, but I highly What do you get if you cross a septuagenarian, a dog walker and a vicars wife? The best mystery solving trio in the whole of Marlow!! When the town is rocked by a murder, 77 year old Judith Potts decides to devote her time to solving it. We follow her on her investigation through the town meeting the residents and suspects and picking up a couple of new friends to help her on the way... I won't say any more than that as I don't want to spoil the twists and turns in this brilliant book, but I highly recommend it. Its so easy to read with a gripping storyline and such realistic characters that I genuinely felt like I was there alongside Judith and the rest of the Marlow Murder Club. The genuine humour and warmth of the story coupled with the drama and clever plot made the book an absolute joy to read. Here's to the next one!! Thanks to HQ, Netgalley and Robert Thorogood for the arc.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marina Sofia

    I liked the Marlow backdrop (and my son's school features in there too), but it's really just light escapist entertainment, and feels a bit lazily written. I liked the Marlow backdrop (and my son's school features in there too), but it's really just light escapist entertainment, and feels a bit lazily written.

  19. 4 out of 5

    F.J. Morris

    Love this book! Just the tonic I needed for Lockdown. Characters are well done, and the plot is good fun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Hunter-Robinson

    Thank you to @hqstories and @harpercollinsuk for letting me take part in this book tour. I bloody loved it! Judith Potts is witty, scrappy and I think she’d be a lot of fun to be around. For anyone who loves true crime, I think we’d all like to find ourselves in Judith’s shoes, to be able to dig deeper to try and help solve a crime, and she brings in two other ladies who have the same amount of gumption as she does to help her. I love the way this novel is written and the short chapters really d Thank you to @hqstories and @harpercollinsuk for letting me take part in this book tour. I bloody loved it! Judith Potts is witty, scrappy and I think she’d be a lot of fun to be around. For anyone who loves true crime, I think we’d all like to find ourselves in Judith’s shoes, to be able to dig deeper to try and help solve a crime, and she brings in two other ladies who have the same amount of gumption as she does to help her. I love the way this novel is written and the short chapters really do leave me wanting to read more. I ate this book up in 2 days, couldn’t put it down!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood is a contemporary novel with good old fashioned amateur super sleuthing murder suspense. The novel is set in the English countryside in a village with a cast of characters who could be straight out of Miss Marple or Midsommer! The leading lady is heading towards her eighties, there is a vicar’s wife and a dog walking lady – three musketeers who set out to solve crimes their way. This certainly produces some amusing scenes. The novel is light-hearted in t The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood is a contemporary novel with good old fashioned amateur super sleuthing murder suspense. The novel is set in the English countryside in a village with a cast of characters who could be straight out of Miss Marple or Midsommer! The leading lady is heading towards her eighties, there is a vicar’s wife and a dog walking lady – three musketeers who set out to solve crimes their way. This certainly produces some amusing scenes. The novel is light-hearted in tone and would make a fabulous early evening television drama. As the action progresses there are an array of guilty parties but can you work out who is the perpetrator and why? I failed to solve the crime before the big reveal – again. I thoroughly enjoyed The Marlow Murder Club and I hope there will be more books in the series. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Lee

    I knew the author as the writer of the books on which TV has based several series of the light mystery "Death in Paradise" but I wasn't aware of other novels that he had written. What a delightful read and it ticked all of the boxes for me. A colourful cast of characters in an easily identifiable location. It is a murder mystery with humour thrown in along with a bit of real page-turner excitement and even a moment when you have to dab the corner of your eye, surreptitiously, as there must have b I knew the author as the writer of the books on which TV has based several series of the light mystery "Death in Paradise" but I wasn't aware of other novels that he had written. What a delightful read and it ticked all of the boxes for me. A colourful cast of characters in an easily identifiable location. It is a murder mystery with humour thrown in along with a bit of real page-turner excitement and even a moment when you have to dab the corner of your eye, surreptitiously, as there must have been something in it. As I read the book, various aspects of the characters of these three ladies fleetingly reminded me of others from literature, particularly from Simon Brett's novels. If you are of a certain age, I defy you to deny that you haven't shared the thoughts on dieting or drinking put forward by Mrs Judith Potts. I hope that some commissioning editors are reading this as I could see it making a suitable follow on to Death in Paradise which is coming to the end of its run. It would be a lot less expensive to film than shipping everyone to Guadeloupe. I wonder if the author knows Simon Brett as Mrs Potts lives only about 40 miles away from his Mrs Pargeter and what a pair they would make.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (bookmadbarlow)

    When I first heard about this book coming out I was a bit apprehensive, the title and premise is very similar to another book that I read and loved so I was worried about inadvertently comparing the two, but fear not I really loved this one and the murder mystery was fun. Judith is 77 and wears a cape, she witnesses a murder and decides that she should investigate herself rather than allowing the police to do their jobs. This lead to her dragging in another two unsuspecting ladies to the investig When I first heard about this book coming out I was a bit apprehensive, the title and premise is very similar to another book that I read and loved so I was worried about inadvertently comparing the two, but fear not I really loved this one and the murder mystery was fun. Judith is 77 and wears a cape, she witnesses a murder and decides that she should investigate herself rather than allowing the police to do their jobs. This lead to her dragging in another two unsuspecting ladies to the investigation aswell. This was a fund read, with great characters and dialogue, I loved the female friendships and I cannot wait to see what happens next, I just wish I was even half as fabulous as Judith is, what a great character!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Some of you may have realised by now that I am rather a fan of Agatha Christie and her wonderful murder mystery tales. I am currently binging on David Suchet’s wonderful Poirot courtesy of Britbox and am slowly working my way through Agatha;s book. I also adore the TV series Death in Paradise and very much enjoyed listening to the audiobooks of all four books DIP written by Robert Thorogood. Therefore I jumped at the chance to read and review the first in his new mystery series… and oh what a jo Some of you may have realised by now that I am rather a fan of Agatha Christie and her wonderful murder mystery tales. I am currently binging on David Suchet’s wonderful Poirot courtesy of Britbox and am slowly working my way through Agatha;s book. I also adore the TV series Death in Paradise and very much enjoyed listening to the audiobooks of all four books DIP written by Robert Thorogood. Therefore I jumped at the chance to read and review the first in his new mystery series… and oh what a joy it was. Judith Potts is, to my mind, a modern day Marple. She is clever, independent, courageous and mostly unflappable. She is also a seventy-seven year old lady who creates crossword puzzles and regularly swims in the river Thames at the bottom of her garden. I warmed to her immediately and for me she was the absolute star of the show. Robert is very good at creating characters, especially ones that are slightly bonkers (in the nicest possible way). I love that he focuses on the strange foibles that inhabit us and makes us so wonderfully unique. It is a great strength in his storytelling. But then there is also the wonderful plots he creates too. There really is no hanging around as the book kicks of off with Judith witnessing a brutal murder of which at first she is not taken seriously. However its not long before an actual dead body soon turns up. With a stretched, overworked police force struggling to find resources Judith decides to take matters in to her own hands and begins to investigate the murder herself. In the course of her investigation Judith discovers new friends – in the form of Suzie and Becks – and dark secrets and wrongdoings that go back years. It’s not long until the body count begins to rise. Robert does a brilliant job of drip feeding the clues with a few red herrings thrown in for good measure and the list of suspicious characters grows. The climax brings it all to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion and I must say I romped through this in lightning speed. it was an absolute delight and a very welcome piece of escapism. I imagine the Audiobook will be wonderful too so I might well add that one to my list. If you love a good old cosy crime story with plenty of humour and engaging characters then I think you will be thrilled with this. I can’t wait for the next in the series (and possibly a TV adaptation!?)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to HQ for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Marlow Murder Club’ by Robert Thorogood in exchange for an honest review. What great fun this novel was! Its lead is Judith Potts, a seventy-seven year old woman who lives blissfully on her own in a faded mansion on the banks of the Thames. For years she’s been employed setting crosswords for the national newspapers. Every evening she swims in the Thames. As the novel opens she is taking her usual swim and is close to her neighbour’s property when My thanks to HQ for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Marlow Murder Club’ by Robert Thorogood in exchange for an honest review. What great fun this novel was! Its lead is Judith Potts, a seventy-seven year old woman who lives blissfully on her own in a faded mansion on the banks of the Thames. For years she’s been employed setting crosswords for the national newspapers. Every evening she swims in the Thames. As the novel opens she is taking her usual swim and is close to her neighbour’s property when she hears him shout followed by the retort of a gunshot. The local police initially don’t believe her and even after a body is discovered, Judith isn’t convinced that they are on the right track. So, she decides to investigate for herself. She is soon joined in her quest by Suzie, a down-to-earth dog-walker, who doesn’t trust the Old Bill, and Becks, the prim and proper wife of the local Vicar. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club. Then another body is found with clear links to the first. Heading the police investigation is DS Tanika Malik and she’s initially rather frustrated by the MMC’s amateur sleuthing. Robert Thorogood is well known as the creator of the highly popular BBC murder mystery series, ‘Death in Paradise’ and has also written four spinoff novels featuring DI Richard Poole. Like ‘Death in Paradise’, this novel is a delight, a compelling murder mystery with aspects of comedy. It certainly kept me guessing until the final reveal. Its four quirky female leads, including DS Malik, were well realised. There were moments that I was doubled up in laughter with their antics. I also appreciated that Thorogood explored the experience of ageing, a subject that I could relate to and relevant to many of his readers as women over forty are known to be the largest readership for cosy murder mysteries. I have no doubt that this will be a huge bestseller on its publication in early January. I was pleased to see that this is the first in a new series and having enjoyed this so much I certainly will be looking forward to many more cases for the Marlow Murder Club! 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    I am a huge fan of Death in Paradise which is the brainchild of this author - both the TV series (first) and then the books based on it (I know - not the usual way round) so I was quite excited when I saw this - the start of a brand new series featuring Judith Potts, 77. There seems to be a slew of aged amateur sleuths popping up these days. This is a good example of one. Judith is a cracking character, She may be 77 in body but definitely not in mind and actions! She swims every day - naked! - a I am a huge fan of Death in Paradise which is the brainchild of this author - both the TV series (first) and then the books based on it (I know - not the usual way round) so I was quite excited when I saw this - the start of a brand new series featuring Judith Potts, 77. There seems to be a slew of aged amateur sleuths popping up these days. This is a good example of one. Judith is a cracking character, She may be 77 in body but definitely not in mind and actions! She swims every day - naked! - and it is whilst out on her evening swim that she witnesses the brutal murder of her neighbour. She does her duty and reports it to the Police but their investigation does not back up her witness statement and she is dismissed. Not perturbed in the slightest, she ups and decides to investigate it herself. Not by herself though, no, she ropes in Suzie the local dog walker and Becks the vicar's wife. Together they become - The Marlow Murder Club! Oh my days - these three women are plucky! And that's a bit of an understatement to say the least! I had an absolute blast reading this book. Some of their antics and shenanigans so tickled me that at times I almost forgot we were actually trying to solve a serious brutal murder. Each brings something to the pot and what they lack individually, they managed to conquer together. Suzie and Becks also help Judith in ways she really didn't want to admit needing help with. The plot was interesting and held my attention very well. I love the concept of grey power - getting to that stage myself - so I do love to see that the oldies have their place still and loads left to give. The mystery was intriguing and well planned and executed. Albeit a tad on the predictable side, guessing a few things early didn't appear to mar my enjoyment at all. I wasn't 100% convinced that the police would "include" out trio so much but am happy to let that go in the name of good fiction. Oh and I also really loved the crossword angle... My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Cooper

    Judith is an eccentric 77-year old who lives in a large house on the Thames and, much to her bemusement, is something of a local celebrity. Suzie is a dog walker and Becks is the vicar’s wife. Together they form the Marlow Murder Club. They are intent on solving a series of murders which has rocked the small, and hitherto very respectable town of Marlow. I enjoyed this book from the first word to the last. It is a real old-fashioned, cosy whodunnit which comes complete with clues, suspects and r Judith is an eccentric 77-year old who lives in a large house on the Thames and, much to her bemusement, is something of a local celebrity. Suzie is a dog walker and Becks is the vicar’s wife. Together they form the Marlow Murder Club. They are intent on solving a series of murders which has rocked the small, and hitherto very respectable town of Marlow. I enjoyed this book from the first word to the last. It is a real old-fashioned, cosy whodunnit which comes complete with clues, suspects and red herrings. There is nothing complicated or pretentious about the writing style and I like that. In fact it is almost simplistic, which makes it very easy to read – ideal for a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment. More than that it is fun and engaging. The trio of amateur detectives are an eclectic bunch who are resourceful, determined and very creative in their approach to solving the murder. They are also great characters who each have their own quirky, well-developed personalities that make them seem real. Given the subject matter and the proximity of publication dates it is almost impossible not to compare it with “The Thursday Murder Club” - even the titles are similar. Personally I found that this book came out on top in terms of the storyline, the plot and the consistency of the writing. The Thursday Murder Club however had more perceptive (and amusing) references to the symptoms and behaviour patterns which we begin to develop as we grow older, and this aspect of the book was wonderful, but tailed off as the book progressed. I am struggling to find anything bad to say about the Marlow Murder Club – high praise indeed. This is an excellent book and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. It is not going to challenge your brain cells too much but is highly entertaining and enjoyable. Really looking forward to the sequel, which I assume/hope is in the pipeline.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah - Sarah's Vignettes

    This review can be found at sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com The Marlow Murder Club by Robort Thorogood was an absolute joy and a delight to spend time with! Yes, it is about murder but it’s the cosy crime sort of murder that you find in a Poirot, Miss Marple or on Midsomer Murders. I adored Judith Potts, our sprightly and young at heart septuagenarian lead character, who lives in a lovely mansion beside the river in Marlow and sets crosswords for national newspapers. Judith was like Miss Marple for This review can be found at sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com The Marlow Murder Club by Robort Thorogood was an absolute joy and a delight to spend time with! Yes, it is about murder but it’s the cosy crime sort of murder that you find in a Poirot, Miss Marple or on Midsomer Murders. I adored Judith Potts, our sprightly and young at heart septuagenarian lead character, who lives in a lovely mansion beside the river in Marlow and sets crosswords for national newspapers. Judith was like Miss Marple for me. One evening, Judith goes for an outdoor swim in the river. As she is swimming past the bottom of her opposite neighbour’s garden, she hears him shout and the sound of a gunshot. Judith calls the police and DS Tanika Malik comes to investigate. Not satisfied with the conclusion of suicide, Judith starts her own investigations using her crossword strategies and age to her advantage. She soon picks up a couple of sidekicks along the way: Suzie, a local dog walker, and Becks, the vicar’s wife. This story was brilliant. It’s cleverly plotted and has real depth to it, with several red herrings thrown in along the way to keep us readers and Judith, Suzie, and Becks on their toes. I did not guess the intricacies of the murders and it was exciting when the big reveal happened. Robot Thorogood's easy-to-read writing style made me feel relaxed and comfortable and let me escape reality for a while. Robert Thorogood is the creator of BBC One’s Death in Paradise, one of my favourite detective shows. I haven’t read any of his Death in Paradise novels but I certainly will now, if The Marlow Murder Club is anything to go by. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for more. This is the first in a series and I am already anticipating the next story! *My thanks to the publisher for a digital copy of the book in return for this honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I’m a big fan of Death In Paradise so when I learnt its creator had written a murder mystery I was determined to read it. Suffice it to say I was not disappointed! Judith Potts is a septuagenarian loner who lives in the genteel riverside town of Marlow. She writes crosswords for a national newspaper and goes nude swimming in the Thames in the evenings. On one of these jaunts she hears the sound of a shot and subsequently discovers her neighbour has been murdered. After reporting this to the police I’m a big fan of Death In Paradise so when I learnt its creator had written a murder mystery I was determined to read it. Suffice it to say I was not disappointed! Judith Potts is a septuagenarian loner who lives in the genteel riverside town of Marlow. She writes crosswords for a national newspaper and goes nude swimming in the Thames in the evenings. On one of these jaunts she hears the sound of a shot and subsequently discovers her neighbour has been murdered. After reporting this to the police who seem a bit tardy in trying to discover the killer, she decides to go it alone and with the help of Becks, the vicar’s wife and Suzie, a local dog walker , both of whom she encounters in the course of her investigation, Judith starts to make some progress. These female characters are excellent, very well drawn. I loved Judith who is fiercely independent but who starts to become friends with the other two women during the course of the investigations. Their escapades, although dangerous at times are mostly humorous and highlight the importance of female friendships. Judith also has a mysterious past which gradually comes to light as the novel progresses. Like Death In Paradise, all is revealed in the last section when Judith solves the mystery and there is a very exciting climax too. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I’ve just discovered there’s a book two on the way so I’m happy that I haven’t seen the last of Judith, Becks and Suzie. This is a five star read which I highly recommend. If you like murder mysteries, you will definitely like The Marlow Murder Club. By the way I also loved the delightful Marlow setting and would love to visit the scene one day as it sounds a delightful place to explore. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my arc in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    I’ve enjoyed several amateur sleuthing novels recently. There is something particularly endearing and often comical about ordinary folk taking the law into their hands, having deeper suspicions than the local police force and digging up clues faster than a terrier. I was therefore really excited to read the Marlow Murder Club which promised a new and all female sleuthing gang! Set against the beautiful backdrop of Marlow with its beautiful river, art gallery and boating clubs, Judith Potts lives I’ve enjoyed several amateur sleuthing novels recently. There is something particularly endearing and often comical about ordinary folk taking the law into their hands, having deeper suspicions than the local police force and digging up clues faster than a terrier. I was therefore really excited to read the Marlow Murder Club which promised a new and all female sleuthing gang! Set against the beautiful backdrop of Marlow with its beautiful river, art gallery and boating clubs, Judith Potts lives beside the river in a large house, designing crosswords. A rather eccentric lady in her 70s she enjoys skinny dipping and wearing a cloak. One night she hears a gun shot and fears her neighbour has been shot. No body is found and the police force are rather disparaging, but Judith is sure she is right and sets out in pursuit of the truth. Along the way she will gather some other local citizens to assist her. This is a really wonderful read right from the first page. There’s a perfect mix of crime and comedy which has you screaming with laughter at points. I particularly liked the sensitive depiction of the female characters. These are women who are struggling to find their place, to shake off societal typecasting which places them into particular roles of wife and mother, working or not working. All of them feel a deep desire for usefulness in a world that doesn’t always recognise it. I also really enjoyed the unravelling of the crime – where I find the set ups over complicated and too hard to understand I have a habit of switching off! This was achieved expertly through Judith providing a running commentary for her companions in order to make sure they were following events as they happened! A hugely enjoyable read and I really look forward to meeting Judith again. With thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for a digital copy of this joyous read.

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