Book Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Reviewed: October 15th, 2021
Released: May 13th, 2021
Genre: Murder Mystery

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?

Helen’s thoughts: 4/5

A very easy to read, enjoyable, gentle murder mystery with some unexpected sleuths.

The inhabitants of the Larkin Court retirement home may be knocking on a bit, but they are all up for a little detective work, especially when it’s an excuse to meet up every week and open a bottle of wine or two.

Everyone has a secret of some sort, and as this book evolves, many of them come to light, along with some much older secrets.

It is easy to forget that just because you’ve gotten older, doesn’t mean that you’ve forgotten the skills you used before retirement, and even spies, doctors and priests don’t always hang up their boots just because age has caught up with them.

I wouldn’t mind living in a retirement home like this one, it sounds quite fun! But then that would very much depend on the residents, I expect.

The writing style is quite relaxed, more conversational which makes it easy to read. The characters are lovely, and it was great getting to know them. Can’t say it’s one I would keep or re-read it though. Once you get past all the hype, it is a good book, just not as good as they all make it out to be. In way I think that was why I feel a bit anti-climatic. The hype makes you expect something really amazing, which is quite difficult to live up too.

Disappointing to see the price hike to book two.

About the author:

Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club is his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.

Book One: The Thursday Murder Club

Link to book on Amazon UK: eBook | Paperback

Link to book on Amazon US: paperback

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