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Death Comes to Marlow (A Marlow Murder Club Mystery) by Robert Thorogood book review and Analysis

Blog and Video Description: In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing and analyzing Death Comes to Marlow (A Marlow Murder Club Mystery) by Robert Thorogood. This is a series of books that revolve around 3 women who make up the Marlow Murder Club whose names are Judith, Suzie, and Becks. This is the British version of the Women’s Murder Club that is written by James Patterson. The women names in the Women’s Murder Club are Lindsay Boxer, Cindy Thomas, Claire Washburn, and Jill Bernhardt. Jill is later replaced by Joki later in the books. They made a TV series of the Women’s Murder Club that came out in 2007 and had 1 season. It was done by ABC, and it would be great to see it on Disney+ or Hulu since Disney would own the rights to this series. This author authored this book also has a series that was done by BBC, and it is called Death in Paradise. This book will start with the death of Sir Peter Bailey, but Judith is not convinced that it is not an accident; she is convinced that it is murder. This case will be a puzzle, but this will be to Judith’s strength, since she does the crossword in the Marlow Free Press that comes out in paper in every issue of the paper. This will allow her to see the clues that she needs to see once she is able to make sense of them. There will not be a bunch of pictures in this review since this is a book review. It is harder to do that than a movie or TV series. I will give you my rating at the end of the review. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.



Hello everyone, welcome to the Mattacritic. This is Matthew Hemenway. In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing and analyzing Death Comes to Marlow (A Marlow Murder Club Mystery) by Robert Thorogood. This is a series of books that revolve around 3 women who make up the Marlow Murder Club whose names are Judith, Suzie, and Becks. This is the British version of the Women’s Murder Club that is written by James Patterson. The women names in the Women’s Murder Club are Lindsay Boxer, Cindy Thomas, Claire Washburn, and Jill Bernhardt. Jill is later replaced by Joki later in the books. They made a TV series of the Women’s Murder Club that came out in 2007 and had 1 season. It was done by ABC, and it would be great to see it on Disney+ or Hulu since Disney would own the rights to this series. This author authored this book also has a series that was done by BBC, and it is called Death in Paradise. This book will start with the death of Sir Peter Bailey, but Judith is not convinced that it is not an accident; she is convinced that it is murder. This case will be a puzzle, but this will be to Judith’s strength, since she does the crossword in the Marlow Free Press that comes out in paper in every issue of the paper. This will allow her to see the clues that she needs to see once she is able to make sense of them. There will not be a bunch of pictures in this review since this is a book review. It is harder to do that than a movie or TV series. I will give you my rating at the end of the review. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.

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The 1st Person of Interest in this story is Tristram as he has motive to kill him because if his father Sir Peter Bailey marries Jenny Page who was his father’s nurse, then she would become Lady Jenny Bailey and have the money that she so craved to have. Tristram will be mean to Jenny, and this will cause Judith to be suspicious of him and make him a good person to look at for this murder. The police are ready to call it an accident, but Judith is not convinced that it is. Judith is invited to this party by Sir Peter Bailey when he is concerned that his son Tristram was trying to kill him. This sparks Judith’s interest, and she decides to go with Becks and Suzie who are her best friends and part of the Marlow Murder Club with Judith. Judith is the puzzle master of the group as she can see things that are not there, and she has a sense when something feels off. It helps that she does the crossword in every issue of the Marlow Free Press. This helps her to see the clues to Sir Peter Bailey’s death and it is odd when Judith, Becks, and Suzie go to the kitchen they find that the olive oil can has been used and it was used to make the door easier to open to Sir Peter Bailey’s study. Tristram is entitled and believes the money should be his no matter what. He wants Jenny Page out of the house, and believes it is once his father breathed his last breath. As the attorney who is handling the estate for Sir Peter Bailey, the will must be probated, and he knew that Sir Peter Bailey had a new will to be drafted. The attorney knows this as he witnessed it as well as the gardener Chris Shepard.

Sir Peter Bailey will die once the cabinet falls him or so it appears to be. The death will be a blunt force trauma. This usually means an object must fall on him for it to be so. Judith will see that things will not add up and the search for the killer, and the new will must begin.

The detective that oversees this case first is named Tanika and she is acting as the DI until that person comes back from holiday. She wants to see all the facts before deciding what to do. She will believe that it is murder, but the one who was on holiday and his name is Garreth Hoskins. He is incompetent and does not know what he is doing. He is quick to call this death of Sir Peter Baily an accident before he sees all the facts in this case. Tanika will have to deal with her father at home that always asks her for help even though she has other siblings that could help. Tanika is the only daughter and there is a belief that the woman is supposed to deal with problems in the home even if the other siblings could help. In terms of hierarchy in society, the males have the upper hand, and the females have the lower hand. This will be true of Rosana.

Rosana is the 2nd Person of Interest in this story as she was there, and she never has had the benefit of being recognized by her father. She is the one that does all the work for the Estate to run smoothly, but she is always looked down by her father. She wants to feel that her father appreciates her. Tristram was interested in acting, and never did the challenging work of running the estate.

Chris Sheppard is the 3rd Person of Interest in this story. The stuff that was in the study on the cabinet that fell on Sir Peter Bailey had stuff that was invented by his grandfather. Sir Peter Bailey’s father denied Chris Sheppard’s grandfather has just due as he took the credit for the invention that his father made. This would make sense that Chris Sheppard would want to murder Sir Peter Bailey for what happened to his family. Chris Sheppard is guilty of something, but not murder. What is he guilty of? Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

The 1st wife of Sir Peter Bailey would be the 4th Person of Interest in this story. She would have a bone to pick as she was divorced by him and Tristram has a soft spot for his mother as well. They could have been working together to want to murder her former husband of Sir Peter Bailey. She was later seen walking in the garden toward the room at 3 p.m. This will help Judith to see the clue to the puzzle to who the killer is.

Sarah Fitzherbert, who was Tristram’s girlfriend, is the 5th Person of Interest in this story. She would have a particularly good reason to help Tristram to kill his father Sir Peter Bailey. She wanted the title of Lady Bailey so that she could have the security of not having to work. There is one flaw to this as it is proven that she was somewhere else when the murder took place. Where was she at the time? Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

Kat, who is dating Rosanna in this story, is the 6th Person of Interest. She is an activist that is concerned about climate change. As it is said, there is no planet b. It is not like humans can migrate in space to another planet. Kat knows that Rosanna is wronged by her father by not getting the money but believes that money ruins lives. This does not mean that she could not committed murder by killing Sir Peter Bailey for Rosanna. She has an airtight alibi. What is that alibi?

Jenny Page, the one who was marrying Sir Peter Bailey, is the 7th Person of Interest in this story. Why would that be? It would be counter intuitive that she would kill her husband to be before she could marry him. You think she would wait to kill him after she is married. Jenny Page confesses to Judith, Becks, and Suzie that she wants the money from Sir Peter Bailey. She is convinced once the will is found, she deserves the money. The will was found in the compost bin, and it would make sense if the gardener Chris Sheppard would done this but did not. Andrew Husselbee, the attorney handling the Estate of Sir Peter Bailey tells Jenny Page that the will cannot be torn up if it is to be a valid will. The will that left everything to Tristram would be the valid will. It will make sense that Tristram is the killer, but did he act alone? Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

The book has twists and turns and what the reader thinks he or she knows, the reader does not. It will cause the reader to produce their list of suspects and like the 3 women of the Marlow Murder Club, the reader will have to be a great puzzle master like Judith to see all the clues. Becks and Suzie as well as Tanika will be an immense help in catching the killer of Sir Peter Bailey. It will end in a remarkably interesting way.

The story will answer the questions the reader is seeking, and it will get to a climax. As not to be revealed, nothing more will be revealed here.

I will give you, my rating. I give Death Comes to Marlow (A Marlow Murder Club Mystery) by Robert Thorogood, a 10 out of 10. The story is complex, and the answer is not always as obvious as one might think. It is good that Judith does the crossword in the Marlow Free Press because it will help her to see the clues that she needs to see to catch the killer of Sir Peter Bailey. There will be clues in the fireplace that will help. The clue when Lady Bailey, the first wife of Sir Peter Bailey. The trail in the garden helped Judith to see what she needed. As she would tell Becks and Suzie that the clue would be answered at 3 p.m. She needed to be at the time to see what she needed to see. It will give her the answer she needs. Her friends will catch on and will be an immense help as well as the detective Tankia who will pretend to be all mad at Judith so Judith can be alone with the killer to get a confession from the actual killer. Who is the actual killer? Were there 2 killers? Please leave your answers in the comment section below. The writer of this story read Agatha Christie and it makes sense when the reader reads this book, it has an Agatha Christie feel to it. She was never obvious, and it would always be a twist to her stories.

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