The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder ClubThe Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman
Rating: ★★★★½
Series: The Thursday Murder Club #1
Publication Date: September 3, 2020
Genre: mystery
Pages: 382
Project: halloween bingo

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to…
The Thursday Murder Club

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

This is a book that I had seen everywhere in the last several months. As soon as I looked at the plot summary, I was really excited to read it. There really aren’t enough books that focus on men and women (especially women) in their retirement years and this one looked like so much fun.

And it was. I read this particular book on a vacation at the Oregon coast and found the mystery to be a little bit meh, but the characters were just wonderful. It was just delightful. So far I’ve convinced my mom and a friend to read it as well, and it’s my new go-to recommendation. It was a perfect vacation read.

I understand that it has already been optioned for film. I can understand why, and anticipate that it could be a really good movie. If Helen Mirren isn’t cast as Elizabeth, there’s no justice in the world because she would be amazing.

The Man Who Died TwiceThe Man Who Died Twice
by Richard Osman
Rating: ★★★★★
Series: The Thursday Murder Club #2
Publication Date: September 16, 2021
Genre: mystery
Pages: 336

It's the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

After finishing The Thursday Murder Club, I put the sequel, which had just been released, on hold at my library. It took about 6 weeks to become available.

I think I liked this one even more than the first. The mystery was better and more tightly plotted, and the characters remain likeable, engaging and fun. Osman is doing a great job doling out the information about the character’s pasts. Elizabeth continues to be a force of nature. This is the best new mystery series I’ve found in several years.

I can’t wait for book 3.

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