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?
What I Thought:
If there is one thing I cannot abide it is chuntering. I say this only because there has been A LOT of chuntering in the book community about Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club. ‘Oh, another celebrity book!’ has been the general murmur, to which I am happy to reply ‘And?’.
Richard Osman is, yes, ok, a celebrity but he is also an incredibly intelligent man who has written an absolute gem of a book which is able to laugh at itself and deliver a corking murder mystery plot to boot.
There seems a growing trend of making older characters the focus of a book, which is something I very much appreciate now I am getting past the age of the main characters in many books I read. The book acknowledges that older people still have plenty to contribute while never shying away from the realities of growing older, losing loved ones and succumbing to the illnesses of old age. I hope this doesn’t make it seem too grim and maudlin because it really isn’t!
On reading the book I could hear the narration and sly asides in Richard Osman’s voice, while at the same time hearing Joyce’s voice very clearly – I tried to explain it to a friend of mine (very poorly), the fact that his voice was so clear, but never spoiled my enjoyment of the story.
At the same time as being a quite affectionate story about these elderly residents of a retirement village, The Thursday Murder Club is also a solid mystery book. I have read a lot of crime novels and the murder plot here stands alongside any one of the better ones.
So celebrity book or no, you can’t argue with an intelligent mystery thriller that more than pulls its weight in the genre.
The Thursday Murder Club is published by Viking.
To find out more about Richard Osman and his work, you can often find him being amusing on Twitter.
This post is part of a blog tour to celebrate the publication of The Thursday Murder Club – why not check out some of the other reviewers below for their thoughts (and very little chuntering…)?
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.