‘The Thursday Murder Club’ – Richard Osman

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed the Famous Five crossed with Miss Marple? If so, Richard Osman’s first mystery novel ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ is the book for you! This wonderfully written, charming story is based around an interesting group of friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, who live in a Retirement Village. They met up once a week to investigate cold case, unsolved murders, until, one day they find themselves involved in a live case. Can they catch the killer before it’s too late?

This is Richard Osman’s first book, and what a book it is! It was inspired by a visit Richard has to an upmarket retirement village. The book was first published in September 2020.

I really enjoyed reading this light, witty and airy feel in this well paced book. At no point did I think it was either too fast or too slow, and even though the characters were dealing with some very serious situations, both in their investigations and outside of them, at no point did the book feel dark or depressing. I found all the character’s to be likeable and compassionate. The clever twists in the book were very enjoyable. I loved the language used by the author. The story made becoming older sound like fun.

I found it incredibly difficult to put this book down, and when I did, I kept thinking about what was going to happen next. I can’t wait for the second book and I am sure to be just as brilliant as the first, I have the second book on pre-order and cannot wait to read it! I now own a copy of this book on Kindle, so I can bring it with me when I travel.

Given the record sales of this book, I think it would be popular with nearly everyone, unless you like to only read sci-fi of course. I wonder will the second book follow on from the first, if it does that will be brilliant as I would like to meet these characters again, if not, I can’t wait to meet the new characters.

This really is a superb book and I would recommend it to everyone.

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