Published 7 Jan 2021 by HQ https://www.blackwells.co.uk/?a_aid=babbageandsweetcorn
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…
A quick, light and easy read about three women living in Marlow who unexpectantly ‘club’ together to solve a mysterious murder.
Seventy seven year old Judith, crossword maker for a large newspaper lives in a large house on the river. One hot summer evening, as she takes her routine swim, she hears a shout followed by what sounds like a gun shot as she passes the nearby house on the other side of the river. She swims back home and calls the police. After some wait, the police call her back saying that after a routine sweep of the garden and property they can not find anything of interest. Adamant that something bad has happen she decides to investigate herself.
Grouping together with two other women she meets along the way, this somewhat unlikely trio set about investigating and as another body turns up their escapades turn a little dangerous but there is always an element of humour to their antics. We also learn a little of each of the characters back stories, and there is clearly something in Judith’s past that she wishes to keep hidden. With their friendship and confidence growing and along with the sometime reluctant help they give and receive from DS Tanika Malik, who has now taken on the case the book concludes in a somewhat dramatic finish.
A nice mix of characters and a complicated enough plot kept this story moving along. More Agatha Raisin than Agatha Christie but the humour and personalities within the story kept me reading and the growing friendship of the three women was described in a warm and amusing way. I liked how the inexperience and age of the women were remarked upon but that they were also intelligent and savvy. Marlow worked well as it’s setting and altogether I found this a nice enough quick escapist read.