The Marlow Murder Club was a delightful little read – the main character is a 77 year old lady who lives on whiskey, crosswords, skinny-dipping, and hoarding, and she sets out to solve the murder of her neighbor with the help of a couple of other local misfits. There’s a second book due out at the end of May, Death Comes to Marlow, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Bitter Medicine, meanwhile, could have been good. I thought it was going to be an urban fantasy with a neat, non-European based magic system and some cool characters in a nifty little world, but instead it turned out to be a paranormal romance with some tacked-on, half-baked worldbuilding that never really got finished and nowhere near enough detail about how the magic worked. It was pretty disappointing.
- The Marlow Murder Club, Robert Thorogood
- Bitter Medicine, Mia Tsai
Letters from Watson: The Five Orange Pips, A Case of Identity, The Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Dying Detective, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, Arthur Conan Doyle