Death in Paradise star announces new murder series with Vera writer

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A Death in Paradise star – it's creator Robert Thorogood – is joining forces with Lucia Haynes, the writer of Vera, and Julia Gilbert, the writer of Midsomer Murders, to bring TV viewers the second series of murder mystery drama, The Marlow Murder Club.

The first two episodes will adapt Robert's second book, Death Comes to Marlow, while the remaining episodes will feature brand new, standalone stories.

The plot for the upcoming drama has been explained, saying: "Life in the idyllic town of Marlow has just about returned to normal after the triple murder that rocked the community. But it's not long before retired archaeologist Judith Potts (played by Samantha Bond), Vicar's wife, Becks Starling (Cara Horgan), and dog-walker, Suzie Harris (Jo Martin) are called back into action when a series of new unsettling crimes befall the local residents.

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"From a seemingly impossible murder inside the locked study of a sweeping mansion to the mysterious case of a man murdered in the middle of a sleepy cul-de-sac with no connection to the town, and an unexpectedly brutal accident at the prestigious Marlow sailing club that quickly reveals itself to be something more sinister, there's no rest for our sleuthing trio.

"Judith, Becks, and Suzie will be navigating the delicate balance of Marlow society from local aristocracy to the workers at the local boatyard, the pubs and cafes of the high street to a newly established archaeological dig as they assist DCI Tanika Malik (Natalie Dew) in her official investigations," reports the Express.

The Marlow Murder Club novels, which are Sunday Times bestsellers, have sold over 350,000 copies and been translated into 24 territories.

Robert Thorogood is currently working on the fourth book, set to be published by HQ (a division of HarperCollins Publishers) in January 2025.

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Speaking about the series, Helen Perry, head of drama for UK TV saidsaid: "Monumental Television and Robert Thorogood's female-led mystery thriller The Marlow Murder Club proved to be such a smash hit with viewers that we just had to bring it back for a second season.

"We're thrilled to be re-joining Judith Potts and the gang for more fun and puzzle-solving drama, and we know our viewers will love it too."

Channel director Emma Ayech added: "The Marlow Murder Club was our first original commission to air on Drama and has proven to be a huge hit for the channel.

"The intricate storylines and compelling characters have resonated with our audience, and it's great news that we can share more of that in series two, which promises more murders, suspense, and clever sleuthing! ".

Susanne Simpson, the executive producer for MASTERPIECE, expressed her excitement about the second series of The Marlow Murder Club, saying: "We're so pleased to be working with all our wonderful partners on a second series of The Marlow Murder Club."

She also mentioned the positive response from the UK audience, adding: "It's been lovely to see the warm reception the first series received in the UK and we look forward to sharing it with our US audience later this year."