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The Marlow Murder Club

(The Marlow Murder Club #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  9,033 ratings  ·  1,366 reviews
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 Thame
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Hardcover, 340 pages
Published January 7th 2021 by HQ
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MarilynW
The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

Seventy-seven years old Judith Potts loves her life and being totally in charge of it. It consists of her routine of setting crosswords for the The Times newspaper, swimming nude in the Thames, drinking, lots of drinking, and riding her bike in town where everyone seems to know her, to her constant surprise. She's not big on keeping her mansion tidy, there might be a bra hanging from something in the living room, but she is happy with her way of life. Wh
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Michael David (on hiatus)
Judith is a 77-year old…a septuagenarian (please don’t ever ask me to pronounce that) who likes to relax in the evening by drinking scotch and swimming naked in the Thames River. On top of that, she also creates crossword puzzles for the newspaper. On top of THAT, it turns out she also may be good at solving crimes.

When Judith’s neighbor is shot dead, the police don’t immediately jump to action. So she decides to start digging around to find out what happened. Soon after, she questions Suzie, a
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Jayme
Mar 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I fell in love with seventy-seven year old Judith Potts immediately!

She was entirely happy with her life-enjoying a job as a crossword compiler, and grateful that she didn’t have to share her life with a man who would be asking where she was going every time she left the house, or what’s for dinner every night. She didn’t have to listen to one moan about the money she spent, or how much whiskey she was drinking in the evening as she assembled her jigsaw puzzles. Yes, life was good!

That is not
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Terrie (trailer-traveling with spotty Wi-Fi) Robinson
Happy Publication Day 5/3/22!!

"The Marlow Murder Club" by Robert Thorogood is a fun and delightful cozy-mystery!

Seventy-seven-years-old Judith Potts certainly enjoys her daily dose of whiskey, skinny-dipping in the Thames, and creating crossword puzzles for The Times newspaper. She's up for a new challenge though, and she's taking it on with everything she's got!

During an evening dip in the Thames, Judith hears a gun-shot coming from the direction of her next-door neighbor's yard. When the poli
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Holly  B
3.5 STARS

Cozy mystery fans - a new series here! Three amateur sleuths (all women in this case) get together to socialize, have a bit of whiskey and solve a local murder mystery (or two)!

Loved the character of Judith, a  seventy-seven year old, happy go lucky lady who lives alone in her old mansion right outside of Marlow. Her hobby/part-time job is coming up with crossword puzzles for the newspaper. I enjoy (easy) crossword puzzles. I'm completely addicted to Wordle right now. Any fans?

The sett
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Carolyn Walsh
Judy Potts is a 77-year-old lady who lives alone in an untidy, imposing mansion on the River Thames. She is content with no man around to tell her what to do. Judy swims nude in the Thames at night, constructs crossword puzzles for a major newspaper, enjoys jigsaw puzzles, and drinks plenty of whiskies. One night while on her evening swim, she hears a shout followed by a gunshot across the river. She fears her neighbour, an art gallery owner, may have been killed.

Murders do not happen in Marlow
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Liz
Mar 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’m usually not a big fan of cozy mysteries. But I love books with older characters. And I loved Judith Potts. Seventy seven years, she lives alone, designs crossword puzzles and has her whiskey every night. While swimming nude in the Thames, she hears a gunshot coming from her neighbor’s property. When the police insist it could have been a suicide or an accident (despite the man being shot in the middle of his forehead) she decides she will need to be the one to investigate. And soon thereafte ...more
Sujoya
Feb 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc

Seventy-seven year old Judith Potts lives on her own in her mansion along the Thames. She compiles crosswords for the national newspapers for a living, enjoys her whiskey, loves jigsaw puzzles and swims the river in the nude when she pleases. While swimming one evening she hears a gunshot echo across the garden of her neighbor, local art gallery owner Stefan Dunwoody. She calls the police and upon initial investigation, they don’t find anything that would warrant suspicion and assume that Mr. Du
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JanB
A cozy isn’t my usual genre but I do love Agatha Christie, who is my benchmark for a well-done cozy mystery, and so decided to pick this one up. I should have known better as I’ve dnf’d similar books.

I do appreciate that the author featured an older protagonist, which is a refreshing change of pace. Judith is in her late 70’s, bicycles everywhere, drinks whiskey, skinny dips in the Thames, and has a job setting crossword puzzles. She’s a great character!

One night while swimming she hears a gun
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megs_bookrack
Dec 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
The Marlow Murder Club follows 77-year old Judith Potts, a crossword setter, who lives in a slightly fading mansion on the banks of the river Thames.

Judith's mansion lies on the outskirts of the little town of Marlow and one thing her prestigious property offers is plenty of privacy. Therefore, Judith skinny dipping on a hot summer night generally goes unnoticed.



On one particular evening, as Judith is quietly swimming and enjoying the beauty of nature surrounding her, she hears a gunshot and sou
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
I love a good cozy mystery!! I thoroughly enjoyed the Thursday Murder Club, The Postscipt Murders and others. So I set my expectations into the “cozy” setting, sat down and was ready to enjoy.

We first meet Judith Potts, a 77 y/o woman who lives in a mansion (which she inherited from her aunt) on the banks of the Thames. While going for her nightly nude swim she hears what she knows is a gunshot!! It came from the yard of her neighbor across the river, she’s sure of it.

She diligently reports what
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TXGAL1
Mar 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
Our story takes place in the English town of Marlow, a quaint community where just about everyone knows everyone else. Judith Potts is one of those well-known to the Marlow public. Her home is a mansion on the River Thames that perhaps has seen better days. Judith lives alone and that’s okay with her as she is VERY independent-minded—likes to do what she wants, when she wants, without answering to anyone. Did I mention that she is 77 years-old and enjoys her whisky, her job as a crossword setter ...more
L.A.
Apr 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
What an adorable main character and comrades! Move over Murder She Wrote…you have some competition! 77 year old Judith Potts is up for an adventure, no husband to please, drinking with no limits and swims naked each evening in the Thames! Yes, Why not? Her friends Susie and Becks join her when she investigates a murder next door. She was swimming naked when she heard her neighbor yell then a gunshot. She calls 911 and they are apprehensive to investigate. When they don’t do a thorough job, she g ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Judith's cape was her most treasured possession. She'd tell anyone who asked, and many did, that it kept her warm in winter, served as a picnic blanket in the summer, and she could pull it over her head if ever she was caught in a spring shower.

Best of all, Judith believed it was a cloak of invisibility. Every evening, come rain or shine, she'd take off her clothes, wrap the cape around herself, and step out of her house feeling a delicious frisson of naughtiness. She would plunge her
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Coco Day
Jul 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5/5

so funny and such a good murder plot! never read one like it but have heard some real life stories on podcasts that are similar which makes it all more believable

i am a little tired of the privileged middle class white women solving crime trope even though it is very funny… that’s why it’s not 5 stars

also, obviously it’s similar to richard osmans books, they pretty much have the same name, but i think it stands alone and a good book and deserves the praise
DeAnn
Mar 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022, netgalley-2022
4 cute and unexpected superhero stars - *now available

This one was definitely a cozy read with three unlikely women who band together to stop a killer.

First up is Judith, she’s 77 and sets crosswords, so she knows how to put clues together! Then there’s dogwalker Suzie, she knows everyone in Marlow and their dogs. And the final one in the trio is Becks, she’s the wife of the vicar who always says and does the right thing.

Judith’s neighbor is murdered, and she thinks she heard the shot while swi
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Nicole
Feb 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I like the writing style as well as the premise. The main character was hilarious.

Judith Potts is a seventy year old woman lives by herself in a home in Marlowe. She writes crossword puzzles for the Times paper, and is very good at it. Judith witnesses what she believes is the murder of her neighbor one evening while swimming in the river.

The police of course think she’s a meddlesome old woman who should mind her business. They don’t take her seriously at all. So she
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Javier
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot....

"...as far as I can see, she could be our killer."

Beck's eyes widened in amazement.

"That's not posible, she does yoga!"


"The Marlow Murder Club" is the second book I've read in the past few months where a group of senior citizens go and solve a murder. It seems to be becoming quite a trend and I only have three words: KEEP THEM COMING! I loved "The Thursday Murder Club" and I've loved "The Marlow Murder Club". I find so refreshing to re
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Anissa
Feb 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Thursday Murder Club
This was a fun read that gets points for having two elderly protagonists and a 40-something as the amateur sleuths. The official investigator is a very patient and competent woman who I wished had even more characterization. This also gave some humour between the growing body count. I enjoyed each woman here and while they all had growing to do, I cared about it so that made a good read for me.

On the downside, there was a recurring "What's that?" by probably every character at one point or anot
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Gosh, I have read some really atrocious books lately and unfortunately now I need to add another one to the pile of "Books I will never go near again." Thinking I was going to have a slight reiteration of Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club and its sequel, I dug in waiting to enjoy the antics of three older women, Judith, Becks, and Suzie who link up because of a local murder that had occurred. It was definitely a cute idea and one that initially had something going, but then at about the 50% p ...more
Pat
Mar 25, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down.

This was a charming cosy mystery with delightful characters. Mrs Judith Potts, 77 year old cruciverbalist, was having her customary nude evening swim in the Thames when she heard a call and a shot from her neighbour, Stefan’s, place across the river. She couldn’t actually climb ashore there so swam home and called the police. Stefan had been shot dead right between the eyes. The very next day though the local Marlow taxi driver, Iqbal Kassam, is also shot dead in the same
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Ken
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully cozy with a touch of eccentricity.
You know your in for something quirky when the main amateur detective is a seventy-seven year old lady who enjoys swimming naked in the Thames each night.

It's during this nightly routine that Judith Potts hears an altercation from her neighbours house that oddly the police just brush a side as possible suicide.
I'd have though a likely murder (which is uncharacteristic for the small town) would have seen the local constabulary jump at the chance to s
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Alice Lippart
Charming and enjoyable!
Mike
May 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: crime fans
The basis of The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood is the development of the trope of a small English village with a curious older woman. Judith Potts is considered to be eccentric and whilst out swimming in the Thames one evening, she hears a gun shot and is worried for her neighbour. When the police assure her there’s nothing wrong, she decides to investigate for herself. So begins the Marlow Murder Club series with its new crime solving hero who drinks whiskey, constructs crosswords and ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Jul 23, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had heard a lot about this book and was glad it lived up to the good reviews. It is a cozy mystery set in the town of Marlow, England. And the plot is quite involved, which is really good because it keeps the reader guessing as we see not one but three murders in this sleepy little town. We follow the exploits of three ladies: Judith who is 77 and who creates crossword puzzles for a living and who loves to go swimming naked in the Thames; then we have Suzie, a local dog walker; and finally Becks ...more
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Seventy-seven-year-old Judith Potts isn’t one for staying out of other people’s business and when she hears shouting and a gunshot coming from her neighbour’s garden whilst she is out swimming she is certain that there has been a murder but the police don’t seem to think so. That is until Judith does a bit more digging and finds her neighbour’s body.

Given that Marlow is a sleepy village the police think that it is more likely her neighbour killed himself
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Jonann loves book talk❤♥️❤
Judith Potts is a spunky 77-year-old senior citizen. Judith enjoys crossword puzzles, a good glass of whiskey, and the occasional nude swim. Yes, you read that correctly, Lol! 😂

When Judith is out for a skinny dip one evening, she hears a scream, followed by a gunshot. Judith contacts the police, but the officer dismisses Judith as an old lady who should mind her business. The news of her neighbor's murder does not sit well with gutsy Judith. She gathered her friends, aka The Marlow Murder Club,
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Susan
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mrs Judith Potts is seventy seven and lives alone, in a faded mansion, by the Thames. One night, during a heatwave, she is swimming in the river, at the bottom of her garden, when she hears a shot nearby. Calling the police only leads to a desultory search by a constable – shootings, after all, do not happen in Marlow. However, unhappy with this result, Judith goes to investigate herself and finds the body of her neighbour…

So begins a really fun mystery, headed by the eccentric Judith – who spen
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Katerina
Nov 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5/5

I'm sorry to say but I wouldn't recommend this book!
It started out well enough but then it became so obvious as to what was happening that I couldn't be bothered less by the revelations in the end since I already new!
I would have enjoyed it immensely if the author had the creativity to plan a huge plot twist that I couldn't see coming!

The main characters sympathetic enough but indifferent as personalities and didn't manage to captivate me!

Some things in the writing style managed to irritat
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Sarah
May 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5*

The Marlow Murder Club is a deliciously fun cosy mystery that will appeal to readers who enjoy M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin and Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club series.

Septuagenarian Judith Potts lives alone in a grand but hopelessly cluttered Arts and Crafts mansion whose garden runs down to the banks of the River Thames near the town of Marlow, Bucks. She writes cryptic crosswords for a living, and enjoys nude swims in the river. During one such excursion, she hears raised voices, foll
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Robert Thorogood is an English screenwriter. He is best known as the creator of the BBC 1 Murder Mystery Series, Death in Paradise.

Robert was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland and read History at Downing College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he toured with the university's student comedy troupe Footlights in 1993 and was elected President in 1994. Soon after leaving Cambridge, Robert set u
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