The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
-> Genre: Mystery, fiction, crime novel, cosy mystery
-> Plot overview: This is a typical ‘very British’ whodunnit, with eccentric characters. Think Midsomer murders, but your very clever grandma and her pals are figuring it out. Joyce, Elizabeth, Ron and Ibrahim are the four residents that form ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ at Coopers Chase retirement village. With lots more to give and as sprightly as ever, when a series of murders occur close to home, they start to investigate in their own unorthodox ways.
-> Our rating: 9.5/10
-> Review: A brilliantly lovely book. This was exactly the sort of escapism I wanted and needed. This book is a cosy but adventurous murder mystery with some really warm, empathetic well-rounded, and most importantly believable, characters that are brought to life effortlessly by Osman. As we follow them on their quest to solve the mystery quicker than the police, more and more of their personalities are revealed – Elizabeth was some sort of spy, Joyce a former nurse, Ron an ex-union boss and Ibrahim a retired psychiatrist.
This is a well written, non-violent novel that celebrates a group of intelligent, and definitely not ‘passed it’ retirees. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down but wanted to read slowly so it lasted longer, in equal measures. I can’t wait for book number two (due Sept 2021)… it’s also been heard on the grape vine there is plans for a third and fourth in the series too!
Even better news the author Richard Osman has revealed that Steven Spielberg had bought the film rights!
-> What others say? The book was published on 3 September 2020 and it sold 45,000 copies in its first three days on sale and became a Sunday Times number one bestseller. In The Times, Christina Hardyment said the book has an “ingenious plot”. The Guardian hailed it as the “fastest selling adult crime debut” in recorded history.
-> Recommend to a friend? YES 100%, you won’t be disappointed.
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