Monday, 18 January 2021

#BlogTour The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

It's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood.

About the Author

Robert Thorogood is the creator of the hit BBC One TV series Death in Paradise, and he has written a series of spin-off novels featuring DI Richard Poole.

He was born in Colchester, Essex. When he was ten years old, he read his first proper novel - Agatha Christies Peril at End House - and he's been in love with the genre ever since.

He now lives in Marlow in Buckinghamshire with his wife, children and two whippets called Wally and Evie.

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About the book

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… 


Judith likes to enjoy her me time, which includes swimming in isolation and wandering where people least expect her to. On one of her excursions she hears shouting and then what sounds like a shot from her neighbours house. She believes someone was murdered, but the police think she is imagining things.

She decides to start sleuthing herself, because the police are clearly incompetent and don't have any common sense. One could say her sleuthing methods are a little like an elephant in a shop full of china. She ropes fellow minded individuals into her attempts to capture a killer and the Marlow Murder Club starts to develop.

This is written in typical Thorogood style. He seems to have a recipe for a very laidback and funny cosy mystery. It's exactly the right read when you want uncomplicated fun with a wee bit of murder thrown in for free. If this ever gets picked up for television they better get the casting right.

I hope this is the beginning of many encounters with this unusual club and I think I shall be channeling  Judith, especially the Judith we meet in at the start of the book. Buying a cape will be on the list of items I need to do. 

I'll end this review on this note - it takes one to know one.

Buy The Marlow Murder Club at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ pub date 7 Jan. 2021. Buy at Amazon com. Hive. Bookshop org. Waterstones

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