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Robert Thorogood

Autor/a de The Marlow Murder Club

25 obres 1,419 Membres 73 Ressenyes

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Obres de Robert Thorogood

The Marlow Murder Club (2021) 594 exemplars
Death Comes to Marlow (2023) 233 exemplars
A Meditation on Murder (2015) 120 exemplars
The Killing of Polly Carter (2015) 75 exemplars
Death Knocks Twice (2017) 54 exemplars
Murder in the Caribbean (2018) 44 exemplars
Death in Paradise: The Complete Second Season (2013) — Creator — 40 exemplars
The Queen of Poisons (2024) 38 exemplars
Death in Paradise: The Complete Third Season (2015) — Creator — 29 exemplars
Death in Paradise: The Complete Fifth Season (2013) — Creator — 21 exemplars


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Thorogood, Robert
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Colchester, Essex, England, UK
Cambridge University (Downing College | History)
Johnson & Alcock



Something of a Cosy, but with a nice twisty plot and a collection of strong female characters to recommend it. Plus a dog ( no, it doesn’t die)
cspiwak | Hi ha 37 ressenyes més | Mar 6, 2024 |
The well-respected Mayor of Marlow is poisoned at the start of a council planning committee meeting. there are only four people in the room at the time so finding the murderer should be easy, shouldn't it. For the members of the Marlow Murder Club this is a mystery to solve, especially as one of them saw the murder happen. The police decide to let them act as civilian assistants and the three are on the case.
I haven't read the previous three books in the series but this is crime writing that is so gently it doesn't really require much thinking! I think the story is clever, the characters suitably eccentric and the humour writ large. It is actually more sophisticated than it appears.… (més)
pluckedhighbrow | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 3, 2024 |
Oh dear, 'The Queen Of Poisons' turned out to be seven hours of comic cosy crime fun entombed in a nine-hour audiobook.

This wasn't the reaction I'd hoped to have to this book but...



I pre-ordered 'The Queen Of Poisons' after reading 'Death Comes To Marlow' which was more fun than the first book, 'The Marlow Murder Club'. When I started the book, I was sure I was going to be writing a review that said that this was a series that just kept getting better. I still thought that about halfway through. By the time I finished the book this evening, I'd been waiting for it to end for nearly an hour.

The book opens with a welcome change to the formula. Suzie witnesses the murder, Tanika Malik has been promoted to Detective Inspector and so has the freedom to bring Judith, Becks and Suzie in from the beginning as Civilian Advisors. This cut out a lot of unnecessary time that might have been spent on justifying the three friends' involvement and acknowledges their track record without stopping them from being free agents.

The chemistry between Judith, Becks and Suzie is even better in this book than in the first two. I love the close observation of how day-to-day life works and the dialogue worked so well that I found myself laughing out loud at it in places. I loved that we finally get to see Becks losing her temper as she tries to cope with having her mother-in-law invading her home for an indefinite period.

My disappointment began when it became clear that Judith was effectively cutting Tanika out of the investigation except when she needed evidence tested or a person arrested. In 'Death Comes To Marlow' it seemed to me that Tanika had started to become a fourth friend in the Marlow Murder club. In 'The Queen Of Poisons' she's barely more than a plot device.

Initially, I quite liked the plot. It was a twist on a locked room mystery in that it seemed that the murderer had to be one of the four people in the room with the victim when he was killed. I enjoyed watching the three friends dig into the lives and secrets of each of the four, generating new suspects as they went along.

Then I started to feel like I was being dragged through a maze by a person with no sense of direction, as we hit dead end after dead end and seemed to get no closer to finding the murderer. By then, my interest was mainly sustained by the nuanced descriptions of the suspects and the lively dialogue between Judith, Becks and Suzie.

By the time I got to the last two hours of the book, I was less interested in who the murderer was and how they did it than I was in how Becks would rid herself of her mother-in-law.

The story hit its nadir in the last hour with one of the longest, slowest, most static pieces of plot exposition that I've ever read. What should have been a tense confrontation with the killer, followed by the big reveal became something so tediously detailed that I felt as if I was watching a PowerPoint presentation.

This sapped so much of my energy that even the clever way that Becks did eventually free herself from her mother-in-law barely raised a smile.

For me, this was a book that would have benefitted from an editor pushing the author to tighten everything up.

Nicollette McKenzie's narration was wonderful. I loved the distinctive and appropriate voices that she's given to the main characters, although even she could put much life into the over-long explanation of the who, how and why of the plot. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample of her work.
… (més)
MikeFinnFiction | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jan 31, 2024 |
Book 1 in cozy mystery series. An aging, reclusive Judith hears what she believes is a murder while on her nightly swim in the Thames. She suddenly finds herself trying to solve the mystery. Soon we find two other killings with the same markers as the first. She finds herself being assisted two other ladies who were familiar with the other two deaths. Fun and funny escapades ensue.Kirkus: The creator of the Death in Paradise series (Murder in the Caribbean, 2018, etc.) crafts a triple-decker puzzle in a Thames-side English village.When crossword compiler Judith Potts hears a shout and a bang from the yard of neighboring art gallery owner Stefan Dunwoody, she?s convinced he?s been shot. But DS Tanika Malik, of the Maidenhead Police Station, brushes off her report as a likely car backfire. Next morning, when Judith finds her neighbor shot in the head, Malik naturally says his death was probably an accident or suicide. So Judith, struck by the Faith medallion adorning Stefan?s body, decides to investigate on her ownor rather, with the help of Becks Starling, wife of the vicar of All Saints Church, and dogwalker Suzie Harris. Briefly discouraged when the obvious suspect, auction house owner Elliot Howard, with whom Stefan had publicly quarreled, proves to have an ironclad alibi, they redouble their efforts when cabdriver Iqbal Kassam is found shot to death in his home wearing a Hope medallion. Now even Malik is persuaded that the two men have been killed by someone who?s presumably targeting a third victim, and over the objections of her own staff, she deputizes the amateur sleuths to work with her. Since Andy Bishop, the solicitor who seems to have robbed Iqbal of a hefty legacy from the late Ezra Harrington, also produces an alibi for his murder, the four women have their work cut out for them. Are the deaths linked by a common school background, a fondness for rowing, or a Mark Rothko painting Elliot sold to Stefan more than 30 years ago?… (més)
bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |



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