Book review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman⁠

Synopsis

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to…
The Thursday Murder Club

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

Review

I’m really glad I bought into the hype of this one. As predicted, I really enjoyed this quirky thriller! I always feel celebrities delving into fiction can be a risky business, but I’m happy to say that Osman delivers an exciting and clever murder mystery. ⁠

What I loved the most about this novel is the unlikely set of crime solvers, the book centres around 4 elderly folks who have all the spare time in the world to create an unsolved murder club. These characters were wonderfully colourful, and each was brilliantly developed into their own unique and distinguishable person. and it brought me great joy to read all about their shenanigans and see them form unlikely friendships.⁠

There are also several side characters who each, in turn, have their moment in the spotlight. It’s easy to rush over these characters in a story with as many twists and turns as this, but Osman does a brilliant job at fleshing each one of them out individually.⁠

I also really enjoyed the murder mystery plot. It’s not as simple as just being one case to solve throughout the book, several plot lines are built upon as the story progresses. Each of which is then cleverly and slowly dismantled. The twists in this one are pretty good too, I did see a few things coming, but there were also several times that I was caught off guard!⁠

Not only is this a fun book about old people solving crime, but there are also moments throughout the story that tackle old age and death in delicate ways but without shying away from life’s realities. This was refreshing to read.⁠

Overall I loved this novel and I’m already eager for the sequel out in September. I thought this was an intelligent and thoughtful novel. An unconventional whodunit with eccentric and lovable characters and an interesting and clever story to top it all off. 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Book Details:

Pages: 382
Edition Published:
2020
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.02

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