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…
This was tremendous fun, reminded me of Agatha Raisin, in that gentle crime story in a rural place way, and a little of Miss Marple (though any locked rooms in her house definitely contain bodies – I stand by my belief Marple is a serial killer!). I know it will also get compared to The Thursday Murder Club but beyond the similar titles and older female protagonist there’s no real similarities.
When the fabulous Judith Potts (I think I want to be her when I grow up) hears a gunshot at her neighbour’s house and finds a body, she decides to investigate.
What follows is funny, clever and once she’s untangled it, a rather audacious plot. I felt a little sorry for the police detective trying to handle Judith and her new pals, they have a lot of energy and Judith doesn’t seem to hear the word “no”.
Hope there’s going to be more if the author isn’t too busy with his day job writing Death in Paradise….
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.