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Book Club: Death comes to Marlow

Updated: Jan 21, 2023

by Robert Thorogood

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thoroughgood (also a screenwriter; best known for Death in Paradise) is a rip roaring whodunnit led by 77 year old Judith Potts.

In the first book of the series, The Marlow Murder Club, Judith lives alone in a decaying mansion on the River Thames and keeps herself to herself. Whilst swimming in the river one evening she witnesses a murder, but the local Police are reluctant to believe her so she sets out to solve it herself, and along the way picks up a team of unlikely helpers.

This is the second book in the series, and begins with a riparian soiree at Sir Peter's grand mansion on the Thames the day before his wedding. Judith and her friends are looking forward to some free champers, but of course things don't go as planned when the groom-to-be is found crushed in his study.

It is packed full of memorable characters who are eccentric and believable. It’s a book about friendship, neighbours, secrets and deception. It has all the elements of the classic murder mystery, with a warm and modern twist. For anyone who has ever drank whiskey and swam naked in a river- even in the depths of winter to give you 'zing and pep' - this is the book for you. For anyone who does neither of those things, it could well still be the book for you. Light, entertaining and comforting too. If you enjoyed Richard Osman's books the Thursday Murder Club series, then you're going to love these too.

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