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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Even if the denouement is a bit contrived and OTT, the book is a hoot, and I can’t wait to read the sequel…which will be out towards the end of the year. Death in Paradise launches with nearly 6 million viewers". ATV Today. 26 October 2011 . Retrieved 31 October 2013. 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 manner.
Strong women are at this story’s center and the trio of wannabe detectives ultimately develop an unlikely but abiding friendship. Keeping up with the minds and instincts of these women is fun and entertaining escapism. There are plenty of suspects to consider and audiences will relish solving the addictive puzzle of who is the killer? Because it will be shoved down your throat throughout the book over and over as though it somehow means she's able to solve murders. It's ridiculous.Detective Malik reveals there has been another murder. It’s Liz Curtis. The body had a bronze medallion on it saying “Charity”. Apparently Danny Curtis was up in Nottingham at the time, so it couldn’t have been him. They look it up, get a copy of the will, and find that Ezra left everything to his solicitor – a man called Andy Bishop.
Thorogood is also the creator of the hit TV show Death in Paradise, a syndicated series carried by many PBS stations in the US. After the comedic crime drama’s success on the small screen, Thorogood wrote a series of four books with the same Caribbean setting and characters.One of the prevalent themes running through the book is Judith's role as a crossword setter for The Times. 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!