Book Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

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?

What I Thought:

What really can I add to the publishing sensation of the last two years? The public has spoken in their universal love of Richard Osman’s group of elderly sleuths and I completely agree!

Osman follows up the hugely popular The Thursday Murder Club with The Man Who Died Twice, where the residents of Coopers Chase are now thrown into Elizabeth’s old world of espionage, hitmen and stolen goods. Can Elizabeth and the gang put things to rights without getting themselves hurt??

These books are just a joy to read! If you like your crime novels with a bit of grit, then they may not be a good fit for you, but if you like cosy crime novels with humour but always a close eye on the fact that the main characters are older people then you’ll definitely enjoy both books.

I felt with book 2 that Richard Osman is really hitting his stride – book 1 was great, but this one just has that extra something. Perhaps it’s nothing to do with the author, but the fact that we know the characters a bit better and how they fit in to the group? Whichever it may be, the intelligent and twisty plot in this book, with more of a focus on Elizabeth and her former career, has me excited for the next installment.

The Man Who Died Twice is published by Penguin.

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book via Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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