"Death Comes to Marlow" By Robert Thorogood: Review/Giveaway

Review by Lorie Lewis Ham

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Death Comes to Marlow is the second book in Robert Thorogood’s Marlow Murder Club series. Book one, The Marlow Murder Club, brought together an unlikely trio of amateur sleuths—crossword puzzle setter Judith Potts, Becks the vicar’s wife, and Suzie the dog sitter and now local radio personality.

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Things have been quiet since solving a murder together, almost too quiet. So, when Sir Peter Bailey invites Judith to a party the day before his wedding, sharing his concern that he felt like something bad might happen, she of course can’t say no. Suzie and Becks go as well. When there is a loud crash in the study and they rush to investigate, they find that Bailey has been crushed to death in his study behind a locked door. The police decide that it has to be suicide, or at the very least an accident. But Judith doesn’t buy it and the trio begins to investigate. DS Tanika Malik (whom they worked with on the first murder—though reluctantly at first) trusts their instincts but is taken off the case when her DI, Gareth Hoskins, returns early from sick leave. Frustrated by his desire to write it off as a suicide, Tanika encourages the trio to keep investigating since she can’t and helps where she can.

This is a quirky group of friends and the series reminds me of a combination of Only Murders in the Building and The Thursday Murder Club. Thorogood is also the creator of the BBC mystery TV show Death in Paradise and you can see that same sort of light-hearted quirkiness in his books that viewers enjoy on the show.

There are plenty of twists and turns along the way as they work to discover the truth, and one of them is hiding a secret of her own. If you enjoy a traditional British mystery with great characters, a good mystery, and a touch of humor, this book and series is one you won’t want to miss! 

 To enter to win a copy of Death Comes to Marlow, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "marlow,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 29, 2023. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and a contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie's mystery writing including her latest mystery novel One of Us, a Tower District Mystery, at Mysteryrat's Closet.

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  1. This sounds interesting! Count me in!

  2. Just ordered the first book from the library.
    Would love to get a copy of this book.
    Judith and I have age in common.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. What a fun giveaway. I'm dogsitting starting tomorrow so can relate to Suzie. Thanks for the chance to win. aprilbluetx at yahoo dot com

  4. I like twists and turns and quirky characters! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I've heard a lot of good things about this series. They've all gotten me interested in reading it.

  6. I enjoy a good mystery! tWarner419@aol.com

  7. Love the cover. I love murder mystery books. Would love to read this one.

  8. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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