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The Marlow Murder Club: The first novel in a gripping new cosy crime and mystery series from the creator of the hit TV series Death in Paradise (The Marlow Murder Club Mysteries, Book 1)

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Yes, they both involve at least one elderly woman amateur sleuthing a crime, and Judith has a similar spitfire personality as Elizabeth in the TMC, but I think all the characters stand alone in the two series. Judith gets things done, even things no one knows she's gotten done, so with the help of Suzie and Becks, they are going to break this case wide open. By 2011, when the show was finally broadcast - making it Robert's first TV broadcast credit at the age of 39 - Robert had become something of a poster boy for 'never giving up on the dream'. I highly recommend this book to readers who have enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn.

The three women eagerly pursue clues, interview suspects, examine alibis, and realize they have a highly complex puzzle to solve. Living alone in her mansion, she sets crossword puzzles, drinks whisky, and plays the role of neighborhood busybody. But the strength of this book is the characters and because of them, I will gladly check out the upcoming sequel. 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.Judith is in her late 70’s, bicycles everywhere, drinks whiskey, skinny dips in the Thames, and has a job setting crossword puzzles. The Marlow Murder Club gave me all the Cozy Mystery vibes I cherish, with a charming group of main characters to follow. Unfortunately, despite the many positives it doesn't entirely hold my attention and my mind wanders!

These three ladies paths cross as Judith hears a gunshot while swimming naked and arrives (fully dressed) at the home of a local antique dealer who is shot dead. When she hears his murder, whilst she is out swimming in the Thames, the police don’t straightaway believe her, so she decides to investigate the alleged crime herself and finds his body. Beck's husband ignores her as a person and he and her children just expect her to do everything for them.In the course of her sleuthing, she is joined by Rebecca “Becks” Starling, the dutiful, prim and proper wife of the local Vicar and mother of two and straight-shooting dog walker Suzie Harris. While at Cambridge, he toured with the university's student comedy troupe Footlights in 1993 and was elected President in 1994. The Marlow Murder Clubby Robert Thorogood is a fun cozy mystery with an interesting cast of characters, a good dose of humor (some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments) and a satisfying ending. Now, whilst Cozies sound all sweet, innocent and tame, murder still occurs and generally in small idyllic towns and communities where “nothing ever happens”, they just don’t tend to have all the violence and foul language associated with their grittier counterparts and are generally investigated by armchair / amateur detectives (generally well educated women).

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