The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman #TheThursdayMurderClub2 #BookReview #Penguin #NetGalley #5*


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?

Fabulously Entertaining!

A truly delightful second outing for The Thursday Murder Club!

Hot on the heels of their last outing, Elizabeth receives a letter from a former colleague who, having stolen some diamonds, is being pursued by a violent mobster and needs her help to protect his life. As bodies begin to stack up, Elizabeth involves Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim to help bring the guilty to justice and, who knows, perhaps recover the diamonds too? The downside, of course, is that they are up against a brutal killer who would have no qualms about bumping off four elderly sleuths!

The first in this series was superb and I thoroughly enjoyed it but this one easily supersedes it; I suspect because I was familiar with the characters, I relaxed into the story. The story is well-plotted and laced with humour throughout – in fact, it’s worth paying attention to Joyce in particular as she is often unwittingly funny! The characters are skilfully crafted and I love that I now have a strong mental image of each of them which all adds to the enjoyment. Exciting, enigmatic and terrifically entertaining – not to forget a strong sense of justice having been done, this is a splendid read and one I highly recommend. I really hope this series continues as it covers so much and it is all cleverly sorted out by the final page. Worthy of my highest recommendation (it would make a fabulous Christmas gift!) and, as such, easily earns all five sparkling stars!

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 Details

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.

  • Twitter: @richardosman

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