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The Marlow Murder Club

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  32 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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Published January 7th 2021
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Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Whispering Stories
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Thea | (unapologetic_bibliosmia)
There seems to be a real trend of Murder mystery’s recently where instead of the usual 40-something detective protagonist trying to solve the crime, we get a group of little old women, retired, innocent and yet devilishly cunning. I saw it first in The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osmand, (and loved it) but I believe there has been a few recently.

This time we don’t just get a sweet old lady though -oh no, we get 77 year old, wooly-cape-wearing, skinny-dipping-in-the-Thames, bicycle-riding, wh
Becca Adams
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks so much to HQ for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. This was such an easy read.

77 year old eccentric, Marlow resident Judith is out swimming in the river when she hears a gun shot at her neighbours house. The police are sure it’s suicide. Judith knows he must of been murdered and if the police aren’t going to solve the crime, then she is going to take it into her own hands. Judith is very witty and clever: a real likeable character. She becomes unlikely friends with Becks:
Anjali (bookstersisters)
This was such a fun, entertaining cozy mystery. Judith, a 77 year old cross word maker is swimming naked in the river when she hears a gun shot from her neighbor’s house. The police gives no heed to her complaints, so she sets out to solve the mystery for herself and on the way, meets Suzie the dog Walker and Becks the Vicar’s wife.
All three women have been overlooked for the most part and how they pool together to solve the crime and in that process overcome their personal issues form the rest
Verity Halliday
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood was a very quick read for me. I loved the characters, particularly the eccentric amateur sleuth Judith with her naked swimming and crossword-setting.

Very cosy, very enjoyable and great fun. I hope this is the beginning of a series!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for honest feedback.
Sarah Hudson
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fun read! We meet our protagonist, 77-year-old Judith Potts, on one of her regular naked swims along the river Thames, which backs on to the back garden of her mansion in Marlow. While swimming she hears a gunshot and realises that her neighbour has just been murdered. So begins a series of killings that the police seem unable to solve but which Judith can’t let rest. Judith sets out to discover just what has happened to lead to these three seemingly innocent people being killed ...more
Marina Sofia
I liked the Marlow backdrop (and my son's school features in there too), but it's really just light escapist entertainment, and feels a bit lazily written. ...more
My thanks to HQ for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Marlow Murder Club’ by Robert Thorogood in exchange for an honest review.

What great fun this novel was! Its lead is Judith Potts, a seventy-seven year old woman who lives blissfully on her own in a faded mansion on the banks of the Thames. For years she’s been employed setting crosswords for the national newspapers. Every evening she swims in the Thames. As the novel opens she is taking her usual swim and is close to her neighbour’s property when
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Death in Paradise which is the brainchild of this author - both the TV series (first) and then the books based on it (I know - not the usual way round) so I was quite excited when I saw this - the start of a brand new series featuring Judith Potts, 77.
There seems to be a slew of aged amateur sleuths popping up these days. This is a good example of one. Judith is a cracking character, She may be 77 in body but definitely not in mind and actions! She swims every day - naked! - a
Bookworm Blogger
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d like to thank NetGalley and HQ for sending me this ARC, this is my first read by Robert Thorogood but I doubt it will be my last.

I loved the quirky group of ladies, playing detective. They made me smile with their clashing personalities and daring ways. We start with Judith, our seventy seven formidable woman that doesn’t suffer fools. Her candid attitude often had my cheering her on and thinking I know who I’d call if I was ever in a jam. We then meet Becks, the vicars wife. She comes acros
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Marlow Murder Club are three unlikely women who team up without much persuasion, to solve a pair of local murders. Judith the spritely 77 year old who lives next door to the first victim, finds the police a little dismissive of the bullet hole in the centre of her neighbours head and sets about to solve the mystery of who shot him. When a second body is found with a similar MO Suzie is recruited, the strong willed and outspoken dog walker who rehomes Emma, the second victims dog, helps Judit ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-won
What a great book!

I was expecting very good things from the author, as he is the creator of one of my favourite TV series, Death In Paradise. I was not disappointed! For me, the book had the same cosy feeling of watching one of the episodes, murder and humour.

Meet Judith Potts (great name!). 77 years old. She lives next to the Thames where she enjoys to swim. Naked! She also enjoys compiling cryptic crosswords for a newspaper. Her life is going tickety-boo until she hears a gunshot during one of
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new book from Robert Thorogood is always something to look forward to and when its a new series you hope for good things. This is a very different setting to his Death in Paradise mysteries but the writing has that same wry humour sprinkled throughout. Though there is not quite as much as usual you get the feeling that once he really gets into his stride with this series it will fly. The book has an interesting array of characters and the plotting is generally good, some of the action towards ...more
Miki Jacobs
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book. The title had caught my eye as I don't live far from Marlow and have been there a few times.
The main character is a fiesty septuagenarian, Judith, who is swimming in the river when she hears a gunshot coming from the direction of her neighbours house. She calls the police as soon as she is able and initially nothing is found. However she is nothing but persistant and discovers the body with a bullet hole in it's head. Initally the Police say it was an accident, but when some
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood is a contemporary novel with good old fashioned amateur super sleuthing murder suspense.
The novel is set in the English countryside in a village with a cast of characters who could be straight out of Miss Marple or Midsommer! The leading lady is heading towards her eighties, there is a vicar’s wife and a dog walking lady – three musketeers who set out to solve crimes their way. This certainly produces some amusing scenes. The novel is light-hearted in t
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marlow just isn’t a town where murder happens and a 77-year-old crossword complier is an unlucky saviour but Judith stumbles across a murder, she knows that she is the perfect person to solve it. If only the police would trust her, it would all be sorted in no time. She just needs a little help from a few like-minded individuals gathered during her investigations, and she’ll have the cryptic crime solved. Well, that’s if the guilty party doesn’t stop Judith first, permanently!

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Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay ... so when I say that this. story is Christie-esque and will appeal to Marple fans, I mean purely in style in that it is an amatuer sleuth led cosy crime mystery, full of surprises and misdirection, and the kind of Agatha Christie style big reveal ending that will leave you with a satisfied smile on your face. The only similarities between Miss Marple and Judith Potts, Marlow's answer to Christie's crime-cracking spinster, is that both are of a certain age and both like solving puzzles. I ...more
Ian Robinson
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable murder mystery from Robert Thorogood. As ever with his novels, there’s a very good sense of location and the setting feels very relevant to the mystery.

In Judith he’s created a marvelous character, and the way she lives her life then gathers together the rest of the ‘murder club’ feels natural and logical. The character is revealed to have hidden aspects that makes her more than a Miss Marple type.

All the leads are good fun, there’s plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and above
Tanya Hunter-Robinson
Thank you to @hqstories and @harpercollinsuk for letting me take part in this book tour. I bloody loved it! Judith Potts is witty, scrappy and I think she’d be a lot of fun to be around. For anyone who loves true crime, I think we’d all like to find ourselves in Judith’s shoes, to be able to dig deeper to try and help solve a crime, and she brings in two other ladies who have the same amount of gumption as she does to help her. I love the way this novel is written and the short chapters really d ...more
Rebecca Tait
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful cosy crime. Judith is a feisty OAP who can certainly look after herself which is why there is so much joy in the unlikely friendship that develops between her, Becks & Susie. Their amateur sleuthing & near disastrous investigative adventures are compelling & I found myself flying through this book. The murder story itself was a great read with a brilliant trail of clues left for the reader, but the real treat was the women at the centre of it.

I haven't read an
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. Loved Judith Potts from the get go and also the other characters. The story gripped from the beginning with Judith stripping for her nightly swim in the Thames and continued at a good pace throughout. I enjoyed it so much I read it virtually in one sitting. A nice easy read, with entertaining plot and characters; the only minor flaw is that I spotted the ending very early on - nonetheless this did not take away from my enjoyment, as I wanted to see how the characters developed. Wou ...more
Stuart Savage
Oh dear. The book started quite strongly but some of the writing was terrible.
"Now, if you don't mind, I need to put my pedal to the metal."
The author constantly uses "What's that?" as a way to break up dialogue and it is tedious to read after a few times nevermind a dozen.
The solution is not original and the last 40 pages border on ridiculous.
I have read the authors other books and enjoyed them with the exception of Murder in the Caribbean (killer was obvious after a few chapters).
Beth  Bennett
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this via NetGalley.
I was unsure what to expect and was surprised at the laugh out loud moments as Judith, a rather eccentric, hoarding, crossword puzzle creating, whisky drinking pensioner, sets out to solve a murder, because the police do not believe her. On her journey she meets two unlikely ladies, a dog walker and a vicar’s wife, who aid her.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Lorraine Woodall
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read. I enjoyed the characters especially Judith who, at 77, is still sharp as a tack and rallying the troops.
A gentle murder mystery despite the body total creeping up, this book took you through Judith's investigations and revealed clues along the way. The outcome was not a surprise to me but that did not spoil the enjoyment in any way.
I look forward to more books about Judith and her friends, a diverse but complementary trio who each bring something to the mix.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three very different women, all with a secret of some sort they're hiding, are brought together to solve a trio of murders in their home town. Judith, Suzie and Becks make for an intriguing trio of amateur sleuths, helped by having DCI Tanika Malik on their side, even allowing them join her case team! Whilst the mystery is fairly easy to solve and the denouement a little cliched, it's the strength of the relationship that develops between the four women that keeps you wanting to read more. ...more
Tash Roy
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the tv show Death in Paradise and so ventured into Robert Thorogood's earlier murder mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed them.
So it was only natural that I delve into his latest book. It's very different; from the characters to the style and setting. But I was still hooked to keep reading.
Not as much wow factor for me, but still a really good read.
Fox Cub Books
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this! This is such a funny, cosy murder mystery that keeps you turning the pages!

The three main characters, Judith, Suzie and Becks are just superb! I loved all three of them, their antics had me laughing throughout!

If you loved The Thursday Murder Club, you will love this too! I will be honest, they are very alike but I'm not complaining! Can't wait for a sequel!!
Wendy Robey
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and entertaining read from The Death in Paradise writer. This has great female characters who form a solid if slightly unlikely friendship to solve the mystery. I loved the setting in Marlow - having known and walked some of the streets described brought the whole story to life. The resolution of the mystery was cleverly written and showed again the brilliant use of the characters involved.
Mrs C ABaker
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Miss marble rides again

Heard about this book on local radio,downloaded before the end of the interview. Really enjoyed this book some elements us of death in paradise with numerous red herrings
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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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