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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 t 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?


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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 t 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?

30 review for The Thursday Murder Club

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Celebrity writers can be a hit and miss experience, so it was with trepidation that I approached Richard Osman's quintessentially offbeat British character driven crime fiction debut, but I need not have worried, it's a belter, with its understated charm, humour and wit that beguiles. Set in Kent, four sprightly, remarkable agile, and energetic elderly folk exercise their considerable brain power into the solving of cold case murders from police files secretly acquired by the undisputed leader o Celebrity writers can be a hit and miss experience, so it was with trepidation that I approached Richard Osman's quintessentially offbeat British character driven crime fiction debut, but I need not have worried, it's a belter, with its understated charm, humour and wit that beguiles. Set in Kent, four sprightly, remarkable agile, and energetic elderly folk exercise their considerable brain power into the solving of cold case murders from police files secretly acquired by the undisputed leader of the group, Elizabeth, a woman to be reckoned with, with her mysterious and shadowy background. The organising Elizabeth has a powerful and wide ranging network that she can call on, one that the police might envy. The quiet, sensible and overlooked Joyce, an ex-nurse, is a recent arrival to the exclusive luxury retirement village, that include many residents formerly at the top of their varied professions. She soon finds herself recruited to the Thursday Murder Club (TMC), and it is through her Journal we learn of the members activities and meetings, oiled by considerable partaking of wine and her delicious baking. Ibrahim, a retired psychiatrist, a logistics and details man, and Ron, a union man that used to be famously portrayed as Red Ron in the media, are the other members of the club. PC Donna de Freitas, is a recent transplant from the London Met and, to put it mildly, she would rather be solving murders than living the boredom of her current reality as she gives a security talk to the TMC, only to have her agenda overturned by the bunch of wily, manipulative and sly members. When the murder of Tony Curran is discovered, the TMC gear themselves up to solve the murder, willing to use any advantage they can engineer, cross any line, and venture into forbidden territory where the police cannot go. They use their influence to get Donna on the murder team run by the lonely and overweight DCI Chris Hudson, to gain access to police information, willing to trade what the TMC discover with Donna and Chris, although they often only do so at a their discretion and at a time of their choosing. It is the diverse characters that Osman creates and develops, and his tight plotting with the numerous secrets and their reveals, along with the comic touches, that makes this an entertaining and delightful read. This makes a wonderful break from the dark and grisly fare of much of the crime fiction and mystery genre, and whilst the connection between our intrepid elderly sleuths and the police might require a suspension of disbelief, it works beautifully. Obviously when it comes to the elderly, medical issues, physical decline, loneliness, grief and loss are going to play an integral part of their stories. If you are looking for fun, entertainment, and a thoughtful, intelligent, offbeat and engaging mystery, then this is highly likely to appeal. In the meantime, I look forward to the next in what promises to be a stellar crime series. Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

    Laugh out loud funny! “Always look where the action isn’t, because that’s where the action is.” The Thursday Murder Club is an intelligent mystery about a group of senior citizens who find themselves in the center of a murder investigation. Every Thursday, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron, residents of Coopers Chase Retirement Village, meet to review cold case murder files. Their former careers provide them with the expertise to solve crimes, but it is not until a current murder takes place th Laugh out loud funny! “Always look where the action isn’t, because that’s where the action is.” The Thursday Murder Club is an intelligent mystery about a group of senior citizens who find themselves in the center of a murder investigation. Every Thursday, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron, residents of Coopers Chase Retirement Village, meet to review cold case murder files. Their former careers provide them with the expertise to solve crimes, but it is not until a current murder takes place that they truly put their skills to the test. Using their age and backgrounds to their advantage, these characters play against stereotypes to solve the crime. I absolutely loved this book! It was the perfect distraction during Hurricane Zeta. It says a lot when a book can you make you laugh when there is the howling wind, sideways rain, and a very angry looking sky. This book is the perfect contrast-- It’s warm and funny with smart, witty, and lovable characters. The mysteries had my armchair detective skills working overtime, and the motley cast of characters kept me on my toes. While the mysteries are multilayered and intriguing, the characters are what make this such a wonderful read. Filled with wit, humor, and charm, I hope we get to see this murder- solving crew again soon!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    “The sun is up,the skies are blue and murder is in the air.” Very good. VERY clever! 4 elderly friends living in a retirement village have regular meetings where they look at cold cases and see if they can solve them. When two people are murdered in short succession it seems the friends have a live case fall right into their laps! Bossy Elizabeth, sweet Joyce, intelligent Ibrahim and feisty but lovable Ron all stick their noses in where they don’t belong and use their years of experience to fin “The sun is up,the skies are blue and murder is in the air.” Very good. VERY clever! 4 elderly friends living in a retirement village have regular meetings where they look at cold cases and see if they can solve them. When two people are murdered in short succession it seems the friends have a live case fall right into their laps! Bossy Elizabeth, sweet Joyce, intelligent Ibrahim and feisty but lovable Ron all stick their noses in where they don’t belong and use their years of experience to find information even before the police. Much to the local force’s annoyance! It was good fun, I loved all the red herrings and the final reveals were very well done. 4 stars ⭐️ ****************** My library just had a load of new books come in. So excited for this 😊

  4. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman Four residents of a very nice retirement village enjoy discussing unsolved crimes. They have quite the unofficial paper database because their former fourth of the club was Peggy, who is now comatose and has been replaced by Joyce, as the fourth club member. But Peggy's dear and devoted friend, Elizabeth, still has access to those files and makes good use of them.  Enter a real live (or maybe the word dead should be used) crime when a developer for nearby The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman Four residents of a very nice retirement village enjoy discussing unsolved crimes. They have quite the unofficial paper database because their former fourth of the club was Peggy, who is now comatose and has been replaced by Joyce, as the fourth club member. But Peggy's dear and devoted friend, Elizabeth, still has access to those files and makes good use of them.  Enter a real live (or maybe the word dead should be used) crime when a developer for nearby properties is found murdered! The foursome had already taken a shine to a young female cop named Donna, who had given them a talk on the fine points of crime (which most of the group already understood). Add in Donna's lonesome, dedicated, boss, Chris and you have two groups, official and unofficial, trying to solve this crime. Pull the thread of one body and more bodies start dropping, present and past. What more fun could a geriatric crime solving club want, although things get personal and sad when it all hits too close to home.  This is a fun story and what I enjoyed the most were the characters. Great subtle and not so subtle British humor and major twists and turns in the murder/murder cases. Since this a labeled as book one, I do hope we have more books about The Thursday Murder Club.  Published September 22nd 2020

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beata

    This book turned out to be a perfect weekend read for me. A multi-layered mystery which despite several murders, including cold cases, refrains from being graphic. Senior citizens, who live together on an estate built for rather well-off retirees try to keep their 'grey cells' working, set up a Murder Club which meets every Thursday. The Club focuses of old cases mainly but when a murder is committed just round the corner, they cannot refuse the challenge. There are many dynamic characters, each This book turned out to be a perfect weekend read for me. A multi-layered mystery which despite several murders, including cold cases, refrains from being graphic. Senior citizens, who live together on an estate built for rather well-off retirees try to keep their 'grey cells' working, set up a Murder Club which meets every Thursday. The Club focuses of old cases mainly but when a murder is committed just round the corner, they cannot refuse the challenge. There are many dynamic characters, each with their secrets, habits and weaknesses. There is a sense of humor, a good subdued humour, and I found myself chuckling occasionally. *Many thanks to Richard Osman, Penguin Books UK, and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    This fun book gave off tons of joy as I made myself an honorary member of The Thursday Murder Club while reading it. 🕵️‍♂️ Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim are four friends who live in a quiet retirement community...well, mostly quiet with the exception of the four of them. They have a weekly get together, The Thursday Murder Club, where they try to solve old murder cases. You can imagine their utter delight when a current murder occurs, with ties to their retirement community. Now, they are o This fun book gave off tons of joy as I made myself an honorary member of The Thursday Murder Club while reading it. 🕵️‍♂️ Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim are four friends who live in a quiet retirement community...well, mostly quiet with the exception of the four of them. They have a weekly get together, The Thursday Murder Club, where they try to solve old murder cases. You can imagine their utter delight when a current murder occurs, with ties to their retirement community. Now, they are on their first live case. Working with the police, they will all need to have their wits about them to catch the killer. One word for this book, along with the four main characters: Charming. I had a blast reading it, and laughed out loud at some of the witty and hilarious dialogue from these beloved characters. I also really loved the cops on the case, and their humorous and warm interactions with the Four Musketeers. The plot got a bit convoluted towards the end, but I let it go and just had fun with it. I am now eagerly awaiting the sequel. 4.5 stars. This review is also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    What a totally engaging and entertaining read! I guess it is the so called baby boomers causing this recent influx of books about old folks in the last stages of their lives and still living it to the full. I totally approve and found this particular example, The Thursday Murder Club, to be inspiring and completely captivating. There are murders and mysteries but the characters are the all absorbing factor. There is the wonderful Elizabeth with her mysterious past and her access to government inf What a totally engaging and entertaining read! I guess it is the so called baby boomers causing this recent influx of books about old folks in the last stages of their lives and still living it to the full. I totally approve and found this particular example, The Thursday Murder Club, to be inspiring and completely captivating. There are murders and mysteries but the characters are the all absorbing factor. There is the wonderful Elizabeth with her mysterious past and her access to government information and people in the know. There is Penny, now in a coma in the nursing wing, but previously a Detective Inspector who kept the records of all her cold cases which caused the Thursday Murder Club to be formed. Joyce is fascinating and a bit of an enigma. She tells parts of the story in the form of a diary and it is very apparent that she is on the lookout for a man to keep her company! I instantly felt at home in this book. The setting is perfect and it is beautifully written. The humour is often laugh aloud funny and there were many passages I wanted to read aloud and share with whoever was around. At the same time there were heart rending moments that brought tears to my eyes. Best of all when I got to the end I saw that the next book is nearly ready! I cannot wait to see what the Thursday Murder Club is going to get up to next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I’m kinda bummed as I write this review - not because this book, which I listened to on audiobook, is anything less than charming and delightfully well-written, because it is those things and Richard Osmon deserves all the praise he’s getting for it. The narration by Lesley Manville is truly absolute perfection as well. Really. I can’t recommend it highly enough! It’s just: why did my mind decide to pick this particular book that I’ve so been looking forward to, to behave like a distractible hype I’m kinda bummed as I write this review - not because this book, which I listened to on audiobook, is anything less than charming and delightfully well-written, because it is those things and Richard Osmon deserves all the praise he’s getting for it. The narration by Lesley Manville is truly absolute perfection as well. Really. I can’t recommend it highly enough! It’s just: why did my mind decide to pick this particular book that I’ve so been looking forward to, to behave like a distractible hyperactive toddler in a candy store? It took me way too long to get through this book and those constant interruptions broke the flow of the story more than I would’ve liked. It didn’t ruin it, but I definitely plan a re-read in the future to catch all the nuances I undoubtedly missed. All-in-all, I still really enjoyed it and am so impressed with Osman’s debut effort. This story of four septuagenarians - Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron - living in Cooper’s Chase, an upscale retirement village, who band together to solve murder cases as part of the Thursday Murder Club is uplifting, warm-hearted, humorous, melancholy and heart-breaking at times, but full of life and spirit, and is well worth the effort of reading or listening to it. The story intersperses third person narrative with sweet, man-crazy Joyce’s first person POV, as told through her diary entries, which I liked because she’s so irresistibly lovable. Elizabeth is a firecracker - astute, fearless and fun. No-nonsense Ron and intellectual Ibrahim complete this fab four with loads of personality as well. I won’t do a deep dive on the other characters because there are way too many, but suffice it to say the others are every bit as well thought-out and realized as our four main protagonists. My personal fave of these is Bogdan the Polish handyman. He’s a hoot. The story has red herrings galore, mysterious backstories, twists, turns and fantastic plotting wrapped in a lovely, feel-good package that is perfect for those who enjoy a more relaxed, cozy mystery. Final note: There’s a 47 minute interview at the end between author Marian Keyes interviewing Richard Osmon, that is really insightful into his thought-processes in writing this and where he drew inspiration from for the characters. It also gives some sneak peeks into which characters will be in the next installment, so I’m thrilled to know that a number of favorites are returning. If you have the audio version, give this a listen! ★★★★ ❤ (might’ve been higher if my brain had behaved) ******************************************* ******************************************* I've included some highlights from the audio interview which has at least one major spoiler for this book and potential spoilers for the next one. PLEASE DON'T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE FIRST BOOK (unless you don't mind spoilers): (view spoiler)[Insights on this book and Osman himself: He only writes what he has personal experience with, and he personally reads and loves crime and true crime stories, so that’s what he was inspired to write. Osman went to a place very like Cooper’s Chase and was inspired by the setting and elderly people he met there. The place was out in the country with no Wi-fi and he thought it would be the perfect place for a murder to go unnoticed. He looked at these people and felt like they’d be the people who would solve the crime if it happened. Osman says of Joyce: “Her head is my head.” Joyce encapsulates Osman’s thoughts. When Osman goes on thought tangents, Joyce was able to put those in her diary because that fits her scattered personality. Osman had originally only written the initial scene with Bogdan, but he loved the character so much he wanted to keep writing him, eventually making him the killer half-way through the book. He refers to him as a “kind wise terminator”. He didn’t want a relationship to develop between Donna and Chris due to the age difference. He didn’t want to write a comedy book. He wanted to write a crime book in which humor was an element. The humor comes from how the characters behave, rather than jokes. A lot of his writing has to do with class and class differences, because that’s how he grew up. Social justice issues are also important to him. He’s a slow reader because he has bad eyesight, so he loves audiobooks. Some of Osman’s favorite authors: John Le Carré, Ben Macintyre, Ian Rankin, Martin Amis, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham He alternates fiction and non-fiction back and forth. Insights into the next book: The book doesn’t have a name yet, so it’s just The Thursday Murder Club 2 at the moment. This book starts the day after the ending of the first book. It starts due to something that happens in the first book that comes back to “bites them on the bum”. He didn’t want the next book to start with fresh murders. All the major characters are back, including Donna’s mom Patrice who will be Chris’ love interest. Bogdan will be even more present in the next book (yay!), and Stephen and Bogdan will play more chess. Ron’s 8-year old grandson from his slightly errant daughter will be in the next book and will develop a friendship with Ibrahim. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    TV presenter Richard Osman's debut novel is a charming and delightful cosy mystery composed of interesting characters and infused with wit and a sense of fun. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibriham all live in a swanky up-market retirement village in Kent, with it's own 'contemporary upscale restaurant' and a full range of sporting and recreational activities including numerous clubs and interest groups. The four retirees all belong to the Thursday Murder Club, originally set up by Elizabeth (an ex sp TV presenter Richard Osman's debut novel is a charming and delightful cosy mystery composed of interesting characters and infused with wit and a sense of fun. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibriham all live in a swanky up-market retirement village in Kent, with it's own 'contemporary upscale restaurant' and a full range of sporting and recreational activities including numerous clubs and interest groups. The four retirees all belong to the Thursday Murder Club, originally set up by Elizabeth (an ex spy/intelligence officer) and her very good friend Penny (an ex detective inspector) to take a second look at some of Penny's unsolved cases. Now that Penny is lying in the nursing home waiting for the final act in her life, ex-psychiatrist Ibrahim, ex-nurse Joyce and ex-trade union leader Ron (known as 'Red Ron' in his time) all join Elizabeth for two hours every Thursday to continue working through Penny's files. When a real life murder happens at the village the Thursday Murder club set about trying to solve the crime, feeding timely information to a young PC bored with the local petty crime, Donna de Freitas, and her boss DCI Chris Hudson. Richard Osman has an easy writing style and his characters are all delightful, warts and all, particularly Elizabeth who seems to have had quite a past and possesses a shrewdness that has not been diminished by time. Part of the narration is in the form of a diary kept by Joyce, the newest member of the club, and gives a different perspective on life in the village and what is happening. Donna, who finds herself adopted by the murder club, is delighted to find herself somehow recruited to the investigating team with Elizabeth's assistance. The plot does become quite complex (perhaps more than needed) with a lot of red herrings and revelations, but it was nevertheless good fun and all is all neatly resolved. 4.5★ With many thanks to Penguin Books UK and Netgalley for a digital copy to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    There seems to be an abundance of books this year about older folks and I have loved all the ones I’ve read. “Exit” by Belinda Bauer, “The Postscript Murders” by Elly Griffiths, and now this novel, what a run of good reads!! I did not know that Richard Osman was a BBC announcer and celebrity, but I applaud him for writing this engaging, offbeat British crime novel. I enjoyed the plot of this novel but it’s the characters that make it special! I thought it started off a bit slowly, having to intro There seems to be an abundance of books this year about older folks and I have loved all the ones I’ve read. “Exit” by Belinda Bauer, “The Postscript Murders” by Elly Griffiths, and now this novel, what a run of good reads!! I did not know that Richard Osman was a BBC announcer and celebrity, but I applaud him for writing this engaging, offbeat British crime novel. I enjoyed the plot of this novel but it’s the characters that make it special! I thought it started off a bit slowly, having to introduce all of the members and keep us updated as to what is going on behind the scenes at Cooper’s Chase. The pace picked up quickly and I was enjoying it after 30 pages or so. The members of the club who all live in Cooper’s Chase, are a sprightly and witty group. Cooper’s Chase is an upscale retirement village and the residents want to see it stay that way. Elizabeth is the organizer of the group, she has a background in crime solving, probably a former spy. She has a wide network of friends in high places who know how to get things done. Her friend Penny is an ex-detective and it is her cold cases that they work to solve every Thursday. Ibrahim is a retired psychiatrist and his skills at reading human behavior and being a detail oriented man are his strong points. Ron is a retired union boss who is a “get things done” kind of guy, he was known during his career as Red Ron, because of his red hair and fiery personality. He always roots for the underdog! Joyce is an ex- nurse and our narrator. She is a recently arrived resident who was quickly recruited into the group. It is her entries into her daily Journal that keep us updated as to what is going on throughout the novel. PC Donna de Freitas meets the Thursday Murder Club members while she is set to deliver a boring speech to them about security. They make her an offer to join them in being able to actually solve murders. It doesn’t take much for her to join and help the group. The Club is intrigued and excited when there are two real murders in Cooper’s Chase to investigate and solve! It’s great fun to read along as they all use their skills to solve these murders. I thoroughly enjoyed the British humor in this book, it certainly added to my enjoyment. I will leave you to enjoy the mysteries and all of these unique characters without any spoilers. This novel has already been published, so this is a great book to put on your Christmas list!!! I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley. This novel is already published so be sure to add it to your Christmas list :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    So, do you need a fun read? Let me recommend The Thursday Murder Club. Four septuagenarians meet weekly to review unsolved murders. Until a real live murder lands in their laps. Helping them in their cause is a young PC helping with her first murder investigation and the DS who is actually in charge of the investigation . This is a character rich story. We hear mostly from Elizabeth, with an unspecified, but rich, background and Joyce, a retired nurse. Ibrahim, a psychologist and Ron, a labor or So, do you need a fun read? Let me recommend The Thursday Murder Club. Four septuagenarians meet weekly to review unsolved murders. Until a real live murder lands in their laps. Helping them in their cause is a young PC helping with her first murder investigation and the DS who is actually in charge of the investigation . This is a character rich story. We hear mostly from Elizabeth, with an unspecified, but rich, background and Joyce, a retired nurse. Ibrahim, a psychologist and Ron, a labor organizer, round out the foursome. Everyone has a story, not just the foursome, but the two police officers involved and the many possible suspects. As the investigation goes along, we learn everyone’s background which allows the story to advance. Osman reminds me of Anthony Horowitz- that lovely mix of humor, tight plotting, charm and intelligence. As an American, I was unaware of his status as a tv presenter in England. But again like Horowitz, his book reads like it will easily translate to the screen. This was an easy, entertaining book to listen to. Chapters are short and punchy. Osman throws lots of curveballs at you and Every time I thought I knew the killer, I was proved wrong. He also does a great job of tying up every single loose end. Initially, I wasn’t overly impressed by Lesley Manville, but she grew on me as the book went along and by the end, I was enchanted by her delivery.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    2.5 stars This book was enjoyable, I’m not going to deny that. I liked reading about the quirky characters and their penchant for solving murders. It was an intriguing and funny premise which did in a way deliver. But the problem was it was very slow and even though there were some twists and turns they were quite anticlimactic. There were too many character perspectives during the book that just seemed unnecessary and a bit confusing. In theory the story seems quite captivating, but in reality i 2.5 stars This book was enjoyable, I’m not going to deny that. I liked reading about the quirky characters and their penchant for solving murders. It was an intriguing and funny premise which did in a way deliver. But the problem was it was very slow and even though there were some twists and turns they were quite anticlimactic. There were too many character perspectives during the book that just seemed unnecessary and a bit confusing. In theory the story seems quite captivating, but in reality it never made you sit on the edge of your seat or have to read the next chapter. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that invested in the crime and I wasn’t that curious about who the murderer was which is kind of the whole point of a mystery novel. It was an enjoyable book to cruise along with, but something you could pretty easily put down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Allow me to introduce you to the Thursday Murder Club members who all live in Coopers Chase Retirement Village in Kent. There’s Elizabeth who has a very mysterious and intriguing past, then there’s Joyce an ex-nurse, firebrand Red Ron Richie scourge of whatever needs scourging and Ibrahim Arif a retired psychiatrist. Now if you think because they live in a retirement village they are past it, let me disillusion you here and now. They’re sharper than the sharpest tacks especially Elizabeth. They Allow me to introduce you to the Thursday Murder Club members who all live in Coopers Chase Retirement Village in Kent. There’s Elizabeth who has a very mysterious and intriguing past, then there’s Joyce an ex-nurse, firebrand Red Ron Richie scourge of whatever needs scourging and Ibrahim Arif a retired psychiatrist. Now if you think because they live in a retirement village they are past it, let me disillusion you here and now. They’re sharper than the sharpest tacks especially Elizabeth. They cleverly rope PC Donna De Freitas into their coterie and before you know it DCI Chris Hudson is entangled too. They are investigating the murder of Tony Curran who owned 25% of Coopers Chase, the remainder by Ian Ventham who is well named as he often does vent. So far so good, except of course it is never that simple ..... what unfolds is a tale of dark deeds some of which are well buried. The story is told from the perspectives of most of the protagonists and interspersed with Joyce’s highly entertaining journal. Well that was far from Pointless Mr Osman. Sorry, couldn’t resist and I’ll bet he’s never heard that one before. You can tell from the TV show that the author is one smart cookie and he’s a smart cookie who can write too. Rather well. The plot is fast paced, keeps you guessing as it’s got many a twist along the way, sometimes convoluted so you have to keep up but it’s very clever. The best thing about the book is the characters. They are simply fantastic, there is never a dull moment when the club members are about and Donna and Chris are terrific characters too. I must also mention Polish builder Bogdan too - phlegmatic and enigmatic, still waters run very deep there. It’s funny, darkly droll or wry, it’s witty, the style is very lively, it intrigues from start to finish and so is a very entertaining book. I love the TV references, some of from a while ago. Juliet Bravo, that certainly takes me back! Overall, what a wonderful amusing read and I applaud the author for making the lead characters of retirement age and proving to be such good company as the story unfolds. Highly recommended as it’s just that little bit different. With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK/Viking for the ARC

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    There are many clubs you can join in the retirement community of Cooper’s Chase. Conversational French Chat and Crochet Knit and Natter And Cryptic Crossword (to name just a few) But, there is only one that you must be invited to join..“The Thursday Murder Club” -members-4 Elizabeth, Ron, Ibrahim, and new member, Joyce gather in the “Jigsaw Room” on Thursdays to discuss “cold cases” from the “borrowed” files of a former member, Penny, who had been an Inspector in the Kent Police for many years. Tha There are many clubs you can join in the retirement community of Cooper’s Chase. Conversational French Chat and Crochet Knit and Natter And Cryptic Crossword (to name just a few) But, there is only one that you must be invited to join..“The Thursday Murder Club” -members-4 Elizabeth, Ron, Ibrahim, and new member, Joyce gather in the “Jigsaw Room” on Thursdays to discuss “cold cases” from the “borrowed” files of a former member, Penny, who had been an Inspector in the Kent Police for many years. That is until they stumble upon a “live” case! They may be almost eighty years of age, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves, (especially Elizabeth!) and a few favors that can be called in. Oh, and they get a little help from the detectives assigned to the case, too. My favorite chapters were narrated by “rookie” Joyce, as she keeps a diary which gives us insight into the Club, and her feelings for a certain dapper gentleman at Table 8. Although I wasn’t quite as enamored as fellow readers, (the COZY mystery moved a bit too SLOWLY for me), I loved the charming characters and their camaraderie! And, the humor! I am convinced that I would rather be living in the UK, where everything seems more civilized, and where even when someone is putting you in your place, they seem so “polite” as they do so! A buddy read with DeAnn! Be sure to check out her fabulous review as well!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A fun, engaging, heartwarming, clever read🕵🏼‍♀️ Everyone has a book that checks all of the boxes and this was mine. I was constantly chuckling at this team of seniors, living in a retirement community, meeting each week to review old cold case files and discuss the facts in their "Thursday Murder Club". Such a great reminder to all that people are still valuable even though they age. I also love a good British detective novel and this cast of characters happened along just as I needed a great rea A fun, engaging, heartwarming, clever read🕵🏼‍♀️ Everyone has a book that checks all of the boxes and this was mine. I was constantly chuckling at this team of seniors, living in a retirement community, meeting each week to review old cold case files and discuss the facts in their "Thursday Murder Club". Such a great reminder to all that people are still valuable even though they age. I also love a good British detective novel and this cast of characters happened along just as I needed a great read. My only downside is that now I can't wait to "see" them all again in the next instalment. Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Ron and new member Joyce are lucky enough (their opinion) to have a murder case basically fall into their laps and naturally, they immediately begin to try and solve it, chasing down clues and suspects, giving the police detectives a run for their money. As many times as I laughed, I also teared up, these characters were so human and lovely and well written that I felt I knew them. or wanted to! Everyone was just so real, even the "bad" guys, no one was really good or bad, just human and it was wonderfully refreshing. This book was absolute fun to read and I could not put it down! Reading about the friends and their hilarious chatter (when Joyce explains briefly that she has found out what Tinder and Grindr are) and the mystery that keeps getting deeper was really what I needed this weekend on so many levels. All that was missing was one of Joyce's delicious baked goods to eat while reading. If you like a good mystery, British wit, good friends and innocent fun that leads to some dangerous situations, don't wait until Thursday to visit this Murder Club, get in on it now!🍷🍰

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    A thriller where the bad guys are not that bad...maybe? The Thursday Murder Club involves a retirement community (Coopers Chase), a murder, a recently relocated cop (PC Donna de Freitas), and four friends in their seventies. I don't know why it happened but I just couldn't read this book at my usual pace. It took me about a week to finish it. I had to buy the audio which made all the difference. I just didn't understand it, I enjoyed the main characters: Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce, Ibrahim, Chris and D A thriller where the bad guys are not that bad...maybe? The Thursday Murder Club involves a retirement community (Coopers Chase), a murder, a recently relocated cop (PC Donna de Freitas), and four friends in their seventies. I don't know why it happened but I just couldn't read this book at my usual pace. It took me about a week to finish it. I had to buy the audio which made all the difference. I just didn't understand it, I enjoyed the main characters: Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce, Ibrahim, Chris and Donna and I liked the story as a whole. Who knows why I couldn't get into it at times! Anyway, the book begins with 4 retired friends, Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce, and Ibrahim. They meet at the Jigsaw Room every Thursday and what do they do? They tried to solve cases of different murders. Then a real murder occurred, Tony Curran, a local builder is found bludgeoned to death. The four friends will insert themselves into the investigation forcing Donna and her boss Chris to work with them in order to find the murderer. Like I said earlier, the characters were engaging, and I liked them. Yes, I did think that there was no way in real life that the cops will share all their secrets with them. I also don't believe they were able to be one step ahead of the cops but regardless of those issues, it still works. Cliffhanger: No 3/5 Fangs MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    3.5 Stars An entertaining and cozy Murder mystery, one of those books you pick up and find yourself turning the pages effortlessly. The perfect murder mystery for light January reading, its light and fresh with a little silly humour thrown in for good measure and this was an enjoyable read for me. I am not a fan of murder mystery style novels but something about the premise of this one just caught my attention. It was light easy reading for the times that are in it. The story is easy to follow 3.5 Stars An entertaining and cozy Murder mystery, one of those books you pick up and find yourself turning the pages effortlessly. The perfect murder mystery for light January reading, its light and fresh with a little silly humour thrown in for good measure and this was an enjoyable read for me. I am not a fan of murder mystery style novels but something about the premise of this one just caught my attention. It was light easy reading for the times that are in it. The story is easy to follow with a little humour here and there. I enjoyed the host of characters which certainly kept me engaged. You do need to suspend disbelief with this one and I think if you can do that you will enjoy the novel While I enjoyed the book for what it was, I wont be rushing out for the next book in the series. An entertaining story but not a book for my favourites shelf.

  18. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    Dnf at 20%. As a fan of true crime, I love this premise: four elderly residents in a retirement home form a murder club to dissect cold cases. It beats bingo, right? The plot becomes even more interesting when a man is killed and they put their skills to use to investigate the murder. I loved the humor, and the fact that the elderly were depicted as ingenious, resourceful, and whip smart. I started with the audio, became confused and lost track of the story so I picked up the e-book thinking I’d Dnf at 20%. As a fan of true crime, I love this premise: four elderly residents in a retirement home form a murder club to dissect cold cases. It beats bingo, right? The plot becomes even more interesting when a man is killed and they put their skills to use to investigate the murder. I loved the humor, and the fact that the elderly were depicted as ingenious, resourceful, and whip smart. I started with the audio, became confused and lost track of the story so I picked up the e-book thinking I’d perhaps gotten distracted while listening and missed something. But nope, I hadn’t missed a thing. There are simply too many characters with too many superfluous details. Back to the library both of them go. This book is getting lots of love from many readers, so it may just be the wrong book at the wrong time for me. Perhaps I’ll try again later when I can better focus.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Twisty, warm, and funny, Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club was just a terrific mystery! The four friends—Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron—are residents of a posh retirement community. They meet each Thursday—in the room designated for jigsaw puzzles—to discuss old unsolved murder cases, an interest fueled by an old friend who used to be a policewoman. But when a builder/contractor with an unsavory past gets murdered, suddenly the quartet has a real murder to solve. And just because th Twisty, warm, and funny, Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club was just a terrific mystery! The four friends—Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron—are residents of a posh retirement community. They meet each Thursday—in the room designated for jigsaw puzzles—to discuss old unsolved murder cases, an interest fueled by an old friend who used to be a policewoman. But when a builder/contractor with an unsavory past gets murdered, suddenly the quartet has a real murder to solve. And just because they’re in their 70s, they shouldn’t be underestimated—this group is smart, accomplished, and not above manipulating situations (or the police) to fit their needs. As they work with/lead the police to catch a killer (or killers), things get even more complicated. This is both a mystery and a reflection on aging, loyalty, undying love, grief, trying to find the strength to start again, and, of course, how far we’ll go for those we care about. I enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club tremendously. I loved how Osman didn’t make his characters doddering old people, but vibrant and funny and lively. It's so good to see older people as main characters when they're not lovable curmudgeons or on the verge of dying. I honestly had no idea how everything was going to be resolved, and as always when I read mysteries, I suspected everyone for a time. These characters were such fun, both the friends and the police, and I can’t wait for the sequel. I read this as part of a buddy read on Bookstagram, which made it more fun. Luckily we’ve not yet decided which character everyone matches!⁣ Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    I know..I don't know what to say. I rarely DNF but this is going to be my first DNF of 2021. Life is too short and I just can't. I tried to love it. I know this is a very unpopular opinion but I just couldn't get into this book. It just dragged and dragged on for me. However, everyone that I know pretty much gave this a 5 star review! So I guess I just didn't click with this book. I know..I don't know what to say. I rarely DNF but this is going to be my first DNF of 2021. Life is too short and I just can't. I tried to love it. I know this is a very unpopular opinion but I just couldn't get into this book. It just dragged and dragged on for me. However, everyone that I know pretty much gave this a 5 star review! So I guess I just didn't click with this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 The Thursday Murder Club - ★★★★★ #2 The Thursday Murder Club 2 - TBR I am so happy I am able to be part of the instagram tour for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Thank you to the amazing team at Penguin Random House and Viking, for sending me an ARC copy of this book. Synopsis: We follow Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim, who all meet up on Thursdays and solve mysteries. But when a murder happens in their environment, they c Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 The Thursday Murder Club - ★★★★★ #2 The Thursday Murder Club 2 - TBR I am so happy I am able to be part of the instagram tour for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Thank you to the amazing team at Penguin Random House and Viking, for sending me an ARC copy of this book. Synopsis: We follow Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim, who all meet up on Thursdays and solve mysteries. But when a murder happens in their environment, they cannot stay idle. Having their own tricks up their sleeves, they uncover evidence and keep getting closer to solving the mystery. But one mystery leads to another, and another, and before they know it, they are tangled in a mystery where everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted.  My Thoughts: Their personalities, especially the ability to be brutally honest and not care what they say or do is what kept me giggling throughout. Their resilience and perseverance, and the ability to trick people as well as be a nuisance was so refreshing to read, because it was so real, and I have seen it before.  I used to work in a care home with people that were suffering from dementia, and I am glad that there is a book like this one, that realistically describes how the elderly spend their free time and how mischievous they can be.  Sometimes they help the police, and sometimes they hide things and manipulate so much that I just couldn’t believe the audacity (which was funny on its own). But I think what I loved the most was how much fun they have while they are doing what they want to do - solve mysteries. And they are very good at it!  “In life, you have to count the good days. You have to tuck them in your pocket and carry them around with you.” As a foreigner, I thought I wouldn’t understand the British humor. But I suppose living with a British partner and working in the UK does help a lot. Blimey, I’ve been here too long :D Although, there was one part that I did not get, and my partner had to assist me with.  I didn’t understand the meaning of “What forty-six kilos was in real money". And when explained, let me tell you, I was not impressed. :D “People without a sense of humour will never forgive you for being funny.” On the subject of mystery, because in the end, this is a mystery novel, it does deliver. There are multiple mysteries, shall I say multi-layered, and some of the mysteries did keep me wondering until the end. Some of them, I did guess quite early in the book. I kept thinking that all the mysteries would somehow end up connected, and they do, but not in the way I expect - that’s all I will say, without revealing too much. I loved the The Thursday Murder Club. It made me giggle, it made me wonder and try to solve the multi-layer mystery, it made me sad and surprised. It got all the emotions out of me, and I loved it! I would definitely recommend this book!  “Tony is not a believer in luck, he’s a believer in hard work. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.”

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane Barnes

    Four octogenarians living in a luxury retirement home meet every Thursday to work on solving old cold case files closed by the police. Two men, two women, all with different talents and insights, all still in command of their cognitive abilities. It's just a hobby, mind you. Until a real murder falls into their laps. And another. Mysteries abound in this one. Secrets on top of secrets, twists and turns, surprises around every corner. With our little team following up on every lead, and sometimes Four octogenarians living in a luxury retirement home meet every Thursday to work on solving old cold case files closed by the police. Two men, two women, all with different talents and insights, all still in command of their cognitive abilities. It's just a hobby, mind you. Until a real murder falls into their laps. And another. Mysteries abound in this one. Secrets on top of secrets, twists and turns, surprises around every corner. With our little team following up on every lead, and sometimes creating their own, using their intelligence and intuition and letting the police in on information when they felt it necessary, the case(s) get solved. I don't know when I've had so much fun reading a book. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron are sparkling characters, with sparkling dialogue. And what can I say about Bogdan? Bogdan rocks. Witty and entertaining and fun. I sincerely hope this is just the first of a series by Richard Osman. I'm all in.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    So, I am listening to the Radio 4 abridged version of the book read by Haydn Gwynne, which is just 10 episodes about 15 minutes each, and free on BBC Sounds 😊 An excellent version, well to me it is the only version, and only 4 stars simply because I think when it came to the final solution (s), it was maybe too abridged and I'm not sure if I got all of "who did what to whom". That said, it has given me an appetite to read (or listen) to an unabridged version. The shame is, that any unabridged vers So, I am listening to the Radio 4 abridged version of the book read by Haydn Gwynne, which is just 10 episodes about 15 minutes each, and free on BBC Sounds 😊 An excellent version, well to me it is the only version, and only 4 stars simply because I think when it came to the final solution (s), it was maybe too abridged and I'm not sure if I got all of "who did what to whom". That said, it has given me an appetite to read (or listen) to an unabridged version. The shame is, that any unabridged version is not read by Haydn Gwynne who read this brilliantly. My thinking, is that if we start with 5 stars, take off probably a couple for too much abridgement, add back one for Haydn Gwynne's exquisite reading et voila, you get 4 stars. The writing really does reflect Richard Osman's character, witty and fun, so I would expect the book to be 5 stars , maybe ? We shall see when the time comes. That said this is so typically English , with its septuagenarians in an old folks home, interfering in a local murder, simply because they have time on their hands and they have a number of interesting skills, despite being retired.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anissa

    It's fecking brilliant, people!! One of my favourites of 2020! I can't even express here my joy after reading through that there will be another (A pre-order prompt? Yes, please, take my money!). After days of a book hangover from this, I can finally put down some of my thoughts about this gem of a read. DCI Chris Hudson and PC Donna De Freitas are the officers who find themselves working with the Thursday Murder Club and I very much liked them. They received just as much characterization as Eliz It's fecking brilliant, people!! One of my favourites of 2020! I can't even express here my joy after reading through that there will be another (A pre-order prompt? Yes, please, take my money!). After days of a book hangover from this, I can finally put down some of my thoughts about this gem of a read. DCI Chris Hudson and PC Donna De Freitas are the officers who find themselves working with the Thursday Murder Club and I very much liked them. They received just as much characterization as Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Ron and Joyce. I adored every club member but if pressed, Ibrahim would probably be my favourite. I hope to enjoy the puzzle of what Elizabeth did in her past life for a while. Ron was a lot of fun and also endearing in his blustering way plus it was nice to see him with his son. Joyce and her cooking and baking along with her journal-keeping and mentions of her daughter were the best. As I read about all of them and the asides of what was happening with other residents of The Villages, I wished for two things: for my mother to be this kind of elderly woman when she becomes one and for me to be one when it's my turn. I loved hanging out with them all! While there's a lot to smile at and about three lines of mystery to unravel here, there was also poignance to be found in several characters. I won't say who but I was moved more than once by the depth of love and need for accounting (maybe they felt it was justice) and also how that sometimes took people down paths of irrevocable ends. It was an unexpected but wonderful theme here. I loved all the mentions of some of my favourite sleuths, investigators and mystery writers. Every time one popped up I smiled. The one thing I thought odd was we never met a murder victim's wife. He was like Harvey Nigel Baines 2.0 (Waiting For God) with more malice. I mean, there was an abundance of suspects but I thought between the officers and the club members, someone would have got around to her. Mostly, I wanted to see what woman had agreed to marry and remain married to him. Or, some mention of a woman in black, leaping through the town center in joyous rapture because she'd just had a windfall. I keep trying to decide if this is a cozy mystery. It had some of those elements but didn't really read that way to me. It probably doesn't much matter but I do like my cataloguing to be tidy. A bookish tussle for another day. Recommended. Highly. Favourite passages: It was Thursday because there was a two-hour slot free in the Jigsaw Room, between Art History and Conversational French. It was booked and still is booked, under the name Japanese Opera- A Discussion which ensured they were always left in peace. Ian Ventham parks his range rover in the last empty disabled bay outside, not because he's disabled ut because it's nearest the door. 'We normally meet in the Jigsaw Room, you see. 'But it's not Thursday and the Jigsaw Room is being used by Chat and Crochet.' 'Chat and Cochet is a fairly new group, Detective Chief Inspector,' says Ibrahim. 'Formed by members who had become disillusioned with Knit and Natter. Too much nattering and not enough knitting, apparently.' Many years ago, everybody here would wake early because here was a lot to do and only so many hours in the day. Now they wake early because there is a lot to do and only so many days left. There had been a schism in the Cryptic Crossword Club. Colin Clemence's weekly solving challenge had been won by Irene Doughtery for the third week running. Frank Carpenter had made an accusation of impropriety and the accusation had gained some momentum. The following day a profane crossword clue had been pinned to Colin Clemence's door, and, the moment he had solved it, all hell had broken loose.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I have to admit that I am a bit of a Richard Osman fan. Living in Australia with English parents and I married a Brit as well, we watch alot of British TV. He is a very clever and funny man, so when I heard that he was writing a fiction novel I was super keen to read it. The Thursday Murder Club was a charming and funny story that I spent my weekend engrossed in. It is not a full on crime fiction novel, it is a sweet murder mystery that will keep you guessing and have you falling in love with th I have to admit that I am a bit of a Richard Osman fan. Living in Australia with English parents and I married a Brit as well, we watch alot of British TV. He is a very clever and funny man, so when I heard that he was writing a fiction novel I was super keen to read it. The Thursday Murder Club was a charming and funny story that I spent my weekend engrossed in. It is not a full on crime fiction novel, it is a sweet murder mystery that will keep you guessing and have you falling in love with the quirky characters. It will appeal to all sots of readers and I look forward to the second book in the series already. The residents of an exclusive retirement village in the Kent area of England are not giving up on life. In fact, they are having the times of their lives. Joyce, Elizabeth, Ron and Ibrahim have formed their own club, the Thursday Murder Club, where they look into old cases (a former member worked in the police and took the fires with her when she retired!) Over tea and cake they look for clues to try to solve these cases. But when there is a murder in the village just you try and stop them from investigating! Even better when a second case comes along and they discover links to the past. Will they crack the case? These characters are so much fun! They love being older and use it to their advantage. They get away with things that others might not necessarily even think of. Elizabeth in particular is like a dog with a bone and will stop at nothing to get the facts. Joyce writes herself a diary each day and through this we learn alot more about her friends and their antics. I loved this book and hope that many many people will find some joy in reading it. Thank you to Viking Books UK, Penguin Books Australia and Better Reading for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Just finished this book and really enjoyed this debut mystery novel. Fast read, fun read and lots of red herrings and plot twists. The Thursday Murder Club is a group of retirees in England who meet every Thursday to go over Cold Cases and try to solve the old crimes. But then actual murder comes to their doorsteps and now this group is trying to solve the crime, and "help" the police. 117 chapters and so the action is really always moving and we find out a lot about those in the Murder Club and Just finished this book and really enjoyed this debut mystery novel. Fast read, fun read and lots of red herrings and plot twists. The Thursday Murder Club is a group of retirees in England who meet every Thursday to go over Cold Cases and try to solve the old crimes. But then actual murder comes to their doorsteps and now this group is trying to solve the crime, and "help" the police. 117 chapters and so the action is really always moving and we find out a lot about those in the Murder Club and we also get a very good description of all the characters, the crimes and the investigations. And it appears that by the way the book ends there will be more Thursday Murder Club books in the future!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alice Lippart

    Great fun! Loved reading about these mischievous old people running around, solving mysteries.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    4.5 Well, well, I'm impressed. Charming, witty, funny and so darn good - this was a delightful reading/listening experience. At times, I was giggling at some of the wry, candid observations. This novel has an adorable cast of characters, with interesting personalities and skills, which, when combined, become a formidable force of sly detective work. This is one of the most enjoyable reads of this year, a fun ride. I hope Osman has more fun books in him because we all need more humourous novels to re 4.5 Well, well, I'm impressed. Charming, witty, funny and so darn good - this was a delightful reading/listening experience. At times, I was giggling at some of the wry, candid observations. This novel has an adorable cast of characters, with interesting personalities and skills, which, when combined, become a formidable force of sly detective work. This is one of the most enjoyable reads of this year, a fun ride. I hope Osman has more fun books in him because we all need more humourous novels to read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    2.5 stars For me this was a mediocre book. During the first half I even wondered if I should read on because it just couldn't hold my attention. The second half was slightly better. 2.5 stars For me this was a mediocre book. During the first half I even wondered if I should read on because it just couldn't hold my attention. The second half was slightly better.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Arlow

    2.5 stars When I requested this on Netgally I had hoped this would be something like A Man Called Ove. I was not aware of the author’s celebrity status (I still don’t know who he is) but overall this was just too sweet for my taste. The story takes place in a picturesque upmarket retirement village where 4 residents have a little secret meeting every Thursday, dissecting cold cases, just to keep the mind going you know. The grey matter is lubricated by bottles of wine and all in all the Thursday Mu 2.5 stars When I requested this on Netgally I had hoped this would be something like A Man Called Ove. I was not aware of the author’s celebrity status (I still don’t know who he is) but overall this was just too sweet for my taste. The story takes place in a picturesque upmarket retirement village where 4 residents have a little secret meeting every Thursday, dissecting cold cases, just to keep the mind going you know. The grey matter is lubricated by bottles of wine and all in all the Thursday Murder Club is much more fun than building jigsaw puzzles in your golden years. That is until a real murder happens on their doorstep, and then another and another….. the bodies just start piling up. The pacing slowly shuffled along (just like the residents of the retirement village), the answers came too easy and the conclusion was very anticlimactic. I also think there were too many characters for me to really feel like I got to know any of them. There is definitely an audience for this type of book but it’s not me Netgally ARC: Projected publish date 03 September 2020

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