I seem to be on a bit of a mystery kick but this time it’s a little more light-hearted.
The Marlow Murder Club
To solve an impossible murder, you need an impossible hero…
Judith Potts is seventy-seven years old and blissfully happy. She lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there’s no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper.
One evening, while out swimming in the Thames, Judith witnesses a brutal murder. 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.
Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club.
When another body turns up, they realise they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set out to solve has become a trap from which they might never escape…
I had seen this book pop up numerous times on various media platforms with very good reviews so when I got the chance to listen to the audiobook I was keen to take it. I knew straight away that this was going to be an entertaining read, Judith is a character that really draws you in with every little detail, so I knew that it was going to be a fun journey.
I loved the setting, a quaint and mostly quiet village, Judith’s dusty mansion on the banks of the Thames, Marlow seems the kind of place where people feel out of their depth when things go wrong because it rarely happens. It was great that Judith caused such a stir with her accusations of murder, and then led others into the fray, all with a good dose of humour and gossip, of course.
Judith is a brilliant character, knows her own mind and is determined, I liked that she always found the measure of people fairly easily and kind of bamboozles people into giving her what she wants. Which is kind of what happens with Suzie and Becks, two other women from Marlow who team up with her to solve the murders. It was great that all three women brought something different to the table, it caused some tension but a lot more hilarity.
The storyline was enjoyable, it gives you lots of obvious targets to follow but still kept me guessing. I have to say I wasn’t sure about the ending, I feel like there could have been a better way to discover what happened rather than through Judith monologuing, I thought the explanation was clever just the delivery didn’t quite do it for me.
The narrator Nicolette McKenzie was great and had the perfect voice for Judith whilst still having very clear voices for the other characters too. It certainly made me happy to get back to the story whenever I could.
I am certainly looking forward to meeting up with these ladies again and seeing what mischief they can stir up.