The Marlow Murder Club

A cosy crime mystery lacking bite

Book title

The Marlow Murder Club


Robert Thorogood

Standalone or series

Series (book 1 of the Marlow Murder Club series)

First time reading this author?


Why I picked this

I bought it in February 2021 as something to tide me over until The Thursday Murder Club sequel, but it has been sat languishing on my TBR list since then.

Review copy or purchase

Purchased on Kindle.

What it’s about

When Judith Potts’s neighbour dies she’s determined it is murder. Not one to let go of a puzzle she sets out to learn the truth and finds two other murders and two new friends.


A light murder mystery good for people who like a quirky tale and aren’t looking for anything too testing.

I found the lead character Judith quite frustrating at times. There’s an arrogance to her facing up a murder suspect with no clue what she’s doing or even what she’s going to say that made her unappealing to me. Her crossword-solving ability also never felt a convincing enough hook into why she would try her hand at detecting.

Suzie and Becks, the other two unexpected detectives of this story, were less of an issue. Although the socially awkward dog lover and the minister’s perfect wife who find new sides to themselves in helping to solve this case are nothing new or surprising.

It was an easy to read story, but I’m in no hurry to read any follow-up tales.


Rating: 3 out of 5.
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