Book Review — The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from Netgalley and Poisened Pen Press. This has not impacted my rating and this review is voluntary.

  • Genre: Mystery
  • Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Published date: May 03, 2022
  • Number of pages: 288 pages
  • Author’s linktree: https://linktr.ee/robthor
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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 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…

Rating: 3/5

Give me more books with women who are older and wiser and are unapologetically themselves, please!

This murder mystery has a fantastic protagonist, Judith Potts, and two equally fascinating partners, Suzie and Becks. Together, they solve the crime of who killed her neighbor.

What makes the book most fascinating to me is that there are other stories within the overarching murder mystery. The character development is truly top-tier as we get to know Judith, Suzie, and Becks. They are women from different walks of life but end up forming this task force and each of them brings multiple things to the table that help solve the murder while also helping each other open up about their past and reckon with it.

The mystery part of this novel wasn’t particularly exciting to me, but it did pull you in different directions as you try to solve it. Can’t wait to read the next one!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

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