- Title The Marlow Murder Club
- Author Robert Thorogood
- Year 2020
- Genres Crime, Mystery
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…
I’m always keen to read Robert’s output, initially this was Death In Paradise tie-in novels but this is a standalone book, although perhaps the first of a new series. This time an unlikely group of neighbours get together to solve a mystery, led by the formidable Judith who writes puzzles for a living and has her own history to deal with.
I guessed part of the mystery, that (spoiler alert!) more than one person had committed the crime but I hadn’t got all the participants worked out. That was partly because by the end I was a bit confused who was who but it didn’t matter, I enjoyed the whole process and am looking forward to more!
Rating: 4 / 5