The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman #BookReview #Penguin #NetGalley #5*

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?


Perplexing, Enthralling & Such Fun!

This is one novel which lives up to every quote about it; it IS smart, it IS funny and best of all, it is the FIRST in a NEW SERIES!

Coopers Chase isn’t your usual retirement home – oh no, this is a pretty upmarket retirement village where the residents dine on the best of food and have more in the way of entertainment that most of us. But not all the activities are as innocuous as they sound – while Knit and Natter, Chat and Crochet and Learning French are exactly what they say, The Thursday Murder Club is a clandestine and very small, select group accessed by invitation only. When a brutal murder takes place with connections to Coopers Chase, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim get their first ‘live’ case and set about their investigations . . .

What an absolutely fantastic read! I’m a big fan of Richard Osman; having enjoyed Pointless for many years I love House of Games which – if you haven’t seen it – is one of the most entertaining half hours on tv. Don’t be fooled by the gossipy style of this one; it could rival any Agatha Christie for proficiency and is an exciting and thrilling read laced with wonderful humour throughout. I was completely enthralled and awake far later than I should have been last night reading to the end. The characters are beautifully drawn and I felt privileged to get to know them. I remember thinking about half way through that I hoped this would turn into a series and was delighted to discover that it is what is planned. Yay! Whilst the ‘whodunnit’ part of the read is very perplexing, taking stoic detective work to discover the real murderer there was so much going on that I didn’t really have time to ponder on it. Clever and enigmatic with some very plausible red herrings, this is a novel which easily earns all five sparkling stars and the highest recommendation I can offer.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery, humour

Author Bio

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.

Social Media

Twitter: @richardosman

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