by Rana Asfour
To date I’ve read every single book that Robert Thorogood has put out into the world. So, I was super excited to hear of his new series launched last month by HQ Publishing which is in a nutshell fabulous!
Thorogood, an English screenwriter & novelist is most known as the creator of the British BBC TV hit series ‘Death in Paradise’ and is the author of the subsequent 4 books based on the series itself.
"The Marlow Murder Club" by Robert Thorogood is perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and Murder She Wrote (which btw I still watch re-runs of if I happen to come across as I’m channel surfing).
The book takes place in the beautiful serene english town of Marlow where 70 yr-old Judith Potts lives alone in a faded mansion, setting crosswords for the Times newspaper & drinking scotch. Whole out swimming - naked - she witnesses a murder. The local police don’t believe her, so this reclusive woman decides to carry out her own investigation. Soon she’s joined by two other women who couldn’t be more different: extrovert, loud, say-it-as-it-is dog walker Suzie, & the prim & proper, dust-phobic Becks, wife of the local vicar. Together, they are the murder club.
The novel is charming, fun & devilishly sassy. And all I want now is to move to Marlow (even though for such a small quaint town, the bodies do pile up). What I loved about it is that not only are the three women no match for the murderer, they are no match for any person (male or female) who tries to undermine them either for their age, class, gender or looks.
The novel is an absolute riot of a read and you (as I did) will enjoy putting the pieces together to figure out who dunnit (if from the start you pay close enough attention to the clues dotted around). The writing is superb and I’m betting my M&Ms stash it’ll make it to TV — you can say you heard it here first 😉
The official book launch will be held virtually on Thursday, Februay 11, 2021 and it's free and open to the public. You can RSVP HERE