Book review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman⁠

Synopsis

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?

Review

I am flawed by how ridiculous and lovely this sequel was. Richard Osman is a gem amongst writers at the moment. This is everything I wanted this sequel to be! Much like with the first book, this one was exciting, funny, sweet, wholesome and so much fun!⁠

It was refreshing to be back with the Thursday Murder Club and accompanying characters. If you’re looking for a book where every character is somehow relatable and ever so lovely, look no further. Osman really has these old people observations down and brings up some really specific quirks that are highly relatable! There were plenty of moments in this book where I laughed out loud, Joyce and the gang are just so brilliant!⁠

Whilst the story in this one was just as ridiculous and exciting as in the first book, I did feel like it took a bit of a back seat to us getting to know the characters better, but this in no way made the story any less enjoyable. It was fun and fast-paced, and Osman didn’t hold back on throwing in those red herrings and shocker moments.⁠

As with the first book, this had lots of lovely moments of character growth too, as well as really sweet friendships which strength just continues to grow.⁠

I highly recommend this series to all kinds of readers. I like these books as a little break to some of the darker things I pick up, whilst still being able to enjoy the thriller mystery elements I so love.⁠

Already really excited for book number 3. Osman’s left a couple of things open (character-wise rather than plot-wise) to be picked up in the next book and I can’t wait to see how they place out!⁠

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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