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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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Seventy seven year old Judith Potts takes her nightly naked swim in the Thames (rather you than me,Judith! I would never have figured out what was going on because there are so many suspects with alibis that check out. It's during this nightly routine that Judith Potts hears an altercation from her neighbours house that oddly the police just brush a side as possible suicide. Eventually a Muslim taxi driver is killed in a similar manner and finally a former UK Olympic rowing champion is also killed in a similar manner. The police consisted of one, out of her depths, detective, who LITERALLY hands the files for the murders over to this threesome of women.

The Marlow Murder Club is relentless in their pursuit of any clue that could lead them to solve the murders. Don’t let he description of “cosy crime” put you off, this is a very enjoyable read that makes a refreshing change. When she reports what she witnessed to the police, they do nothing until Judy investigates and finds the body. She also manages to create several distinct voices for the other characters (both male and female) as well. She didn’t have to listen to one moan about the money she spent, or how much whiskey she was drinking in the evening as she assembled her jigsaw puzzles.The local police don’t believe her story, so she decides to investigate for herself, and is soon joined in her quest by Suzie, a salt-of-the-earth dog-walker, and Becks, the prim and proper wife of the local Vicar. After all, there might be dog walkers on the Thames path, and there were very definitely plenty of people in the near distance as she looked at the spire of the Marlow church and the span of the Victorian suspension bridge that linked the town to the neighbouring village of Bisham.

Once they all started working together I came to think of Judith, Suzie and Becks as Tanika's Angels! Initially, local police don’t take her claims seriously-murders don’t happen in Marlow-but when he does indeed turn up dead-Judith decides to investigate on her own. Oh, and the dog also somehow understands her and goes to save Juith when she gets to the other side. Judith is convinced she knows who the murderer was from the get-go because she thought they seemed shady, and then spends the rest of the book trying to prove they did it.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.

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.

And even though he is standing in her living room pointing a gun at her he keeps acting confused and denying that he and the other 2 guys were part of a murder plot.

I could possibly be one of the mature women in the story, (I mean seriously, I could have been Suzie! I'm terrible when it comes to crosswords and as Judith cites this famous example I was none the wiser until she revealed the meaning. I would watch an adaptation of this and I did a little fan-casting in my head as I read so that was fun also.

I would have enjoyed it immensely if the author had the creativity to plan a huge plot twist that I couldn't see coming! A refreshing read that whilst murders may occur it isn’t packed with gruesome details and foul language.

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