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Robert Thorogood

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A group of women in a small British village solve murders.
DrApple | 42 andre anmeldelser | Jun 15, 2024 |
The third installment in Robert Thorogood’s The Marlow Murder Club series, begins with the death of Geoffrey Lushington, the mayor of Marlow, during a town council planning meeting in which Suzie Harris was one of the attendees. She is quick to summon her friends, Judith Potts and Becks Starling to the crime scene. It quickly becomes evident that the mayor was poisoned and as local law enforcement embarks on their investigation, DI Tanika Malik, well aware that no amount of warning would deter them from pursuing the case, engages the Marlow Murder Club as “civilian advisors” which allows them to conduct their investigation in collaboration with local law enforcement.

The narrative follows our amateur sleuths as they go about finding the killer. The suspect list is long and finding the culprit won’t be easy but our motivated ladies leave no stone turned as they delve into the lives of the deceased mayor who appeared to have been well-liked by those who knew him, his associates and anyone who might have held a grudge.

Having enjoyed the previous books in this series, I was looking forward to reading The Queen of Poisons. Though there are a few aspects of the story that implausible, I didn't mind having to suspend disbelief and chose to go with the flow. I do like these characters and have enjoyed following their antics in the past, but I struggled to finish this book. The premise was intriguing and while I usually enjoy investigations that involve multiple suspects, in this case, the plot becomes too convoluted as the narrative progresses. The pacing was uneven and I found the writing a tad repetitive with subplots that served no purpose other than to distract us from the primary narrative. Though I found the final reveal interesting, plot development was weak and the motive behind the murder wasn’t quite convincing.

I do appreciate the humor that the author injects into these stories and though I didn’t dislike the book in its entirety, this installment is the weakest among the three novels in the series. However, I won’t give up on the series yet and will await the next installment.

For those who are new to the series and the characters, I would recommend reading the preceding books before you read this one.

Many thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for the digital review copy via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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srms.reads | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jun 12, 2024 |
The Queen Of Poisons is the third book in the A Marlow Murder Club Mystery series by Rober Thorogood.

I would love to visit the Marlow Murder Club and its members. Judith, Suzie and Becks.

Suzie finds herself amid a mysterious meeting of the local planning council. As the members start to gather, Mayor Lushington's actions add an intriguing twist to the scene. Mayor Lushington heads to the coffee maker to make a cup of coffee before the meeting starts. He takes a sip, collapses and dies. It will be learned later that he had been poisoned. Recently promoted Detective Inspector Tankia Malik arrives and begins her investigation. She notices Suzie and knows she will tell Judith and Becks what happened at the meeting. Having worked with the ladies before, Malik knows they will start their own investigation, so she decides to make them Civilian Advisors.

Judith, Suzie, and Becks, with their unique personalities and shared determination, form a formidable team. They quickly identify several potential suspects, setting the stage for a gripping investigation.

I love this series. The Marlow Murder Club ladies are pretty interesting. Judith's home abuts the Thames, and she likes to swim naked in the Thames. Suzie is a dog-walker who produces an occasional podcast, and Becks is a vicar's wife.

The book is well-written and plotted. The characters are well-developed, engaging, and believable. Judith, Suzie, and Becks will put a smile on your face. There were enough red herrings that I kept guessing till the end who the killer was.

I’m looking forward to the next book in this delightful series.
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FredYoder | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jun 11, 2024 |
When the Mayor of Marlow drops dead at the beginning of a town council meeting and aconite, known as the Queen of poisons, is discovered in his system, the police invite Suzie, Becks, and Judith aka the Marlow Mystery Club to assist the investigation as citizen advisors. Of course, the three interpret ‘citizen advisor’ to mean they are free to do their own investigation without restrictions. There were only four other people at the council meeting including Susie so uncovering the culprit should be easy. Trouble is the mayor was both well-liked and respected by everyone and none of the suspects seem to have had any motive or opportunity to kill him. Turns out too few suspects can be just as daunting as too many but soon our three intrepid amateurs are knee-deep in secrets and hidden conflicts.

The Queen of Poisons is the third entry in The Marlow Mystery Club cozy mystery series by Robert Thorogood and it is great fun with a nice strain of tongue-in-cheek humour running throughout. The three main protagonists are all likeable and quirky but with distinct personalities and their interactions are entertaining. The mystery is clever and interesting and kept me guessing. There is also a side story in which Beck’s greedy and manipulative mother-in-law has decided to move in with the family and the three friends must find a way to get rid of her…legally of course. Altogether, a perfect anytime read.

Thanks to Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Publishers for the opportunity toread this novel in exchange for an honest review
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lostinalibrary | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jun 5, 2024 |



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