In the pretty Devonshire town of Dartcross an elderly lady diarist struggles with her memory to write a history of her colourful past, her hateful cat and her murderous husband. At the same time, Janet Bretherton and her friend Belle try to discover a purpose to their retirement. Is it enough to discuss the latest novels in their readers’ group, go to the theatre or attend a séance? Perhaps, instead, they should try to solve the mystery of the dead Polish man whose body is found by the river?
The Demented Lady Detectives’ Club is both a whodunit and a funny yet poignant account of a group of women growing old and seeking love and meaning in both the past and the present. The unnamed lady diarist finally faces up to the horror she has buried in her memory and the love she has lost. And Janet has to deal with the tender feelings she is still capable of evoking in a man who is twenty years her junior.
The Demented Lady Detectives’ Club is a bit of a tongue in cheek murder mystery.
There are actually many mentions in the story to Agatha Christie and Miss Marple, which the main character Janet did actually remind me ever so slightly of Miss Marple.
I did find it quiet intriguing how a woman who is struggling with her memory manages to solve a murder. It does make for good reading though.
Janet certainly seems out of sorts with her life. She tragically lost her only daughter and seems to be in a loveless marriage with her husband who we only know as Boss in the story. Even though she writes novels, she never seems to get round to actually doing much writing.
Janet is certainly quite a realistic person. Even though there is a friendly detective, Janet has to rely on her own intuition and discoveries to get to the bottom of it all.
The Determined Lady Detectives’ Club is an enjoyable read that actually kept me guessing right up until the end as to ‘who dunnit’. A great read for readers who like their murder novels a little less taxing and less gruesome.
Many thanks to Mark Turner at Marble City Publishing for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 3.5/5 stars.
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