2023 EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE, LILIAN JACKSON BRAUN AWARD
“An absolute joy to read. Funny, entertaining, and beautifully written.” —B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author
A delightfully clever new mystery from creator of BBC One’s hilarious murder mystery series Death in Paradise
Meet Judith: a seventy-seven-year-old whiskey drinking, crossword puzzle author living her best life in a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Marlow.
Nothing ever happens in Marlow. That is, until Judith hears her neighbor shot while skinny-dipping in the Thames. The local police don't believe her story. It’s an open and shut case, of course. Ha! Stefan can’t be left for dead like that.
Judith investigates and picks up a crew of sidekicks: Suzie the dogwalker and Becks the vicar’s wife. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club.
When another body turns up, they realize 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…
Robert Thorogood, has turned the Christie-mystery on its head with this ever-so-sly cozy perfect for readers who love Richard Osmond's Thursday Murder Club and An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good.
“Lightweight but no-nonsense and genuinely brainy”—Kirkus Reviews
“Damn right funny and heartwarming…great fun”—Crime Time
"I love Robert Thorogood's writing."—Peter James, international bestselling author
Judith Potts, the 77-year-old protagonist of this witty series launch from British author Thorogood (A Meditation on Murder), enjoys the occasional nude swim in the Thames, which runs past her mansion on the outskirts of the town of Marlow. One evening while out for a dip, Judith hears a gunshot coming from the vicinity of her neighbor Stefan Dunwoody's garden. She calls the police, who do a cursory check and conclude there's no cause for alarm. Incensed at their lackadaisical approach, she decides to investigate and finds Stefan with a bullet hole in his forehead. Other murders with the same m.o. that follow suggest a serial killer is on the loose. Judith is joined in her detecting pursuits by no-nonsense dog walker Suzie Harris; Becks Starling, the vicar's efficient if insecure wife; and Det. Sgt. Tanika Malik, who, due to budget cuts, leads the police investigation rather than a more experienced officer. How these women of a certain age unite to solve the crime is as entertaining and intriguing as the fair play mystery itself. The way the characters evolve as their relationships grow sets this light mystery above the pack.
The Marlow Murder Club
This is the best mystery plot line I have ever ready, and I’ve read a lot of mysteries.
Although I’m ordinarily not a fan of Miss Marple-style sleuthing, Judith Potts is an amusing character, and Thorogood keeps the story moving.
Man bashing was non stop and unnecessary for what could have been a good story. Couldn’t finish.