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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 th 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?


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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 th 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?

30 review for The Man Who Died Twice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    My favorite septuagenarians are back in this sequel to The Thursday Murder Club, which is just as entertaining and loveable. The following Thursday, Elizabeth receives a letter from someone from her past. She realizes it’s a former colleague whom she has a deep history with. He has stolen $20 million worth of diamonds and needs her to protect him from the violent man who is eager to get them back. Elizabeth decides that this is the perfect project for The Thursday Murder Club, and quickly enlists My favorite septuagenarians are back in this sequel to The Thursday Murder Club, which is just as entertaining and loveable. The following Thursday, Elizabeth receives a letter from someone from her past. She realizes it’s a former colleague whom she has a deep history with. He has stolen $20 million worth of diamonds and needs her to protect him from the violent man who is eager to get them back. Elizabeth decides that this is the perfect project for The Thursday Murder Club, and quickly enlists the help of Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron. They’re all thrilled to be working a case again after things quiet down at their retirement community. Then, Ibrahim is attacked and his phone is stolen. Elizabeth brings in cops Chris and Donna and a few others to not only help with the stolen diamonds case, but to also make sure the thug who attacked Ibrahim pays the price. Nobody messes with this squad and gets away with it! In my review for The Thursday Murder Club, I wrote, “One word for this book, along with the four main characters: Charming.” That stands true here as well. What I love about this one is that we already know the characters to a point, and it was so fun seeing them settle into their friendships. Each one of them has a strength that makes their group tighter. It was also a real treat to see Chris, Donna and Bogdan back for more fun...along with some new and interesting characters. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments, along with heart and depth. The mystery is a fun one to try and crack, and I enjoyed attempting to use my detective skills once again. I loved this one from start to finish, and adored the humorous and thoughtful author acknowledgements section. I already can’t wait for a third installment (there better be a 3rd!!). If you read and loved The Thursday Murder Club, then I highly suggest devouring this one when it is released on: 9/28/21. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for providing me with a widget of the ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    As much as I enjoyed “The Thursday Murder Club” this book is EVEN BETTER!!!! Now that we know a little bit about the main characters the author has given us a much more challenging and twisty, turny mystery to unravel. And when one of their own is attacked, all members of the group are in great form to step in where others do not!! The four members of the club include: Elizabeth, a former M15 operative with a slew of “great connections” Joyce a former nurse and woman of many skills, she loves solv As much as I enjoyed “The Thursday Murder Club” this book is EVEN BETTER!!!! Now that we know a little bit about the main characters the author has given us a much more challenging and twisty, turny mystery to unravel. And when one of their own is attacked, all members of the group are in great form to step in where others do not!! The four members of the club include: Elizabeth, a former M15 operative with a slew of “great connections” Joyce a former nurse and woman of many skills, she loves solving puzzles Ibrahim is a retired psychiatrist who has a keen eye for reading body language Ron is a retired union leader and a man known for getting things done This book starts at a quick pace and never lets us. It was so much fun to read and try to keep up with this quick witted group. There are several things going on here I’ll just touch upon each one. One of their own, Ibrahim, is brutally attacked while walking in a small town close to Cooper’s Chase, their retirement home complex. While he is laid up, another member of Cooper’s Chase, Bogdan, steps up to help with driving, playing chess with Elizabeth’s home bound husband and using his considerable body build and talent for “taking care of problem people”. Elizabeth is contacted by an agent whom she formerly worked with, he’s in serious trouble after stealing $20 million worth of diamonds supposedly from the mafia. His connection with Elizabeth is much deeper than we at first believe and she decides to help him find a safe house while he’s on the run. I wondered how these two crimes could possibly be related but leave it to this group to find a way to punish all of those involved. DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THIS IS A COZY MYSTERY. This book has an intriguing puzzler of a mystery and the action really never stops. This time the club members have seriously dangerous criminals they are dealing with, they will do anything to get back their diamonds. The bodies pile up and there is definitely enough action here to keep thriller lovers engaged. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED spending time with these characters and getting to know them even better. These are people with real lives, vivid pasts and things they still want to get done in life. I'm so hoping that this series will continue, it’s absolutely wonderful!! If you haven’t read the first novel I highly recommend it because you won’t want to miss this one! I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. The novel is set to publish on September 28, 2021

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    We return to Coopers Chase and our much loved Gang of Four of the Thursday Murder Club, not forgetting the multi talented and unflappable Bogdan and our friendly police officers DCI Chris Hudson, now in love (or lust, or both) with Patrice, mother of PC Donna De Freitas. I’m happy to report that it’s every bit as good as the last one, if not even better. Ex-spy Elizabeth is quiet .... she's received a letter from one Marcus Carmichael which takes her on an unsettling trip down her spook memory l We return to Coopers Chase and our much loved Gang of Four of the Thursday Murder Club, not forgetting the multi talented and unflappable Bogdan and our friendly police officers DCI Chris Hudson, now in love (or lust, or both) with Patrice, mother of PC Donna De Freitas. I’m happy to report that it’s every bit as good as the last one, if not even better. Ex-spy Elizabeth is quiet .... she's received a letter from one Marcus Carmichael which takes her on an unsettling trip down her spook memory lane and gives her much to ponder on especially as Marcus Carmichael is dead. Meanwhile, Chris and Donna are staking out Connie Johnson's drug operation without huge success but all of them are rightly angry and very worried when poor Ibrahim is mugged by local thugs. Add in twenty million quids worth of stolen diamonds and it’s game on for our intrepid group of septuagenarians and their loyal pals. The plot and pace of this marvellously mad caper is much faster than the first one, there’s more danger and a higher body count. However, what shines through all the nefarious deeds, twists and turns is the love, friendship and respect for this group of smart pensioners. Just because they are in the upper age profile nobody messes with them and gets away with it, they take no prisoners, they are full of vim, vigour, brains and a barrel load of flair and ingenuity. Their all for one and one for all mentality shines through all they do which is heartwarming. Have I mentioned the laughs? There’s plenty of those especially in Joyce’s journal. She’s what my mum would have called ‘a card’ , ‘a darned good tonic’ and ‘a good egg’. It’s so entertaining Joyce has me laughing out loud! The whole escapade is written in such a lively entertaining and engaging way that it’s hard to put down once you start. I love Richard Osman’s wry and clever sense of humour which I’m glad to say crops up with frequency. So overall, yes Mr O I think you have another best seller here which is no great surprise really as the man is multi talented. This is just the type of book we need right now, well written, a good plot and lots of fun in excellent company. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Penguin Random House for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    My favorite crime fighter septuagenarian foursome is back for another complicated case are ready with more than few tricks up their sleeves. This is the sequel of Thursday Murder Book Club series. If you haven’t read the first book, let me give you a quick summary: four septuagenarians with different occupations, characteristics and far different pasts come together to solve the cold cases. They have brilliant skills complete each other to bring out another piece of the puzzle. Elizabeth: once My favorite crime fighter septuagenarian foursome is back for another complicated case are ready with more than few tricks up their sleeves. This is the sequel of Thursday Murder Book Club series. If you haven’t read the first book, let me give you a quick summary: four septuagenarians with different occupations, characteristics and far different pasts come together to solve the cold cases. They have brilliant skills complete each other to bring out another piece of the puzzle. Elizabeth: once upon a time a spy, having vivid past, involving into international operations and she didn’t share most of it with her friends now taking care of her husband Stephen who is suffering from dementia. Joyce is retired nurse, the most eccentric and quirky member trying to make changes in her life by adopting a rescue dog and joining the Instagram, cooking hell of delicious cakes! Ron is retired labor organizer, likes to talk about politics, hating the close human attraction. Ibrahim is the psychiatrist with photographic memory skills, introverted, scared of taking life changing decisions in his life. But now he feels more regrets about the choices he made. They’re coming from different backgrounds, sharing different pasts, regrets but their loyal friendship and their curiosity to solve the crimes give them enough hope to wake up and welcome another day of their lives! This time a ghost from Elizabeth’s past leaves her a letter. The man’s name who left the letter is Marcus Carmichael whose body slumped against a Thames Bridge at a low tide decades ago. Elizabeth helped to carry his body to a white van to be transported away. She even talked to his grieving widow! If the man hasn’t been resuscitated , somebody who knows the operation might be the one who wrote that letter! And finally she decides to confront him! Surprise: her old husband / another spy Douglas needs his help! 20 millions pound worth diamonds are stole from strongroom of Martin Lomax, a shady man they watch. Douglas is the one broke into the house and stuffed the gills with diamonds but he made a mistake by taking off his ski mask in front of surveillance cameras. Now dangerous people are looking for him and he needs bodyguards to get protection! As you may see those bodyguards will be our genius pensioners! But you may imagine nothing goes as it planned, dead bodies start piling up and our genius foursome find themselves into complex espionage scheme, fighting against real dangerous criminals. Could they survive? Fingers crossed! I don’t want to lose my favorite characters so early! First book was just warming up to those characters and their unique skills to solve the crimes. But I think at this second book, I got emotionally invested them. Of course the action packed, smart mystery kept my attention intact. So this time I’m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 kick ass, genius, favorite British pensioners stars! So many thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Viking/ Pamela Dorman Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I loved, “The Thursday Murder Club,” and was delighted to receive the sequel for review. We are back at Coopers Chase, where the members of the Thursday Murder Club are engrossed in a cold case, when a letter is slipped under Elizabeth’s door and, before long, there is a current mystery to investigate. If, in the previous book, we had glimpses of Elizabeth’s previous life as a spy, her past is explored in greater depth this time round, with MI5 appearing (Sue and Lance) alongside Chris and Donna I loved, “The Thursday Murder Club,” and was delighted to receive the sequel for review. We are back at Coopers Chase, where the members of the Thursday Murder Club are engrossed in a cold case, when a letter is slipped under Elizabeth’s door and, before long, there is a current mystery to investigate. If, in the previous book, we had glimpses of Elizabeth’s previous life as a spy, her past is explored in greater depth this time round, with MI5 appearing (Sue and Lance) alongside Chris and Donna, from Fairhaven police. Chris and Donna are staking out Connie Johnson, the ‘drugs kingpin’ of Fairhaven, when they learn that one of the Thursday Murder Club has been injured in a mugging and, of course, are keen to see justice done. While you sense that Richard Osman had huge fun with this book, involving spies, international money laundering, diamonds, and much more, I promise that you will have much more fun reading it. Every character is integral to the plot and fleshed out; whether the young girl watching the left luggage lockers at the station, Ron’s grandson, Kendrick, or the driver of the Coopers Chase minibus. Joyce’s musings will make you chuckle, but there is real poignancy and depth to Osman’s writing. This is fun and – for me – pretty much unputdownable, but it is also intelligent and perceptive. Long may the Thursday Murder Club continue, and I will happily follow their adventures. If I could give this ten stars I would…. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review. I look forward to buying it on Audible and enjoying the whole adventure again, on publication.

  6. 4 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 excited for this one, and I cannot wait to read it! Update: Well, I've just received an uncorrected proof from the publisher - so guess what? Of course I'll be reading this book soon!!! So excited!! Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 The Thursday Murder Club - ★★★★★ #2 The Thursday Murder Club 2 - TBR I am so excited for this one, and I cannot wait to read it! Update: Well, I've just received an uncorrected proof from the publisher - so guess what? Of course I'll be reading this book soon!!! So excited!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Winifred Waite

    I'm not psychic it isn't published until September 2021! I'm not psychic it isn't published until September 2021!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This is the second book in the Thursday Murder Club series by author Richard Osman and in my opinion far more enjoyable than the first book. Having been introduced to the club members in the first book it was easier to get into this one and the characters got even stronger once more meat was put on the bones. Good cosy thriller with fun characters and a good plot. The four Thursday club members Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron return to tackle another case. Former MI5 member Elizabeth receives a This is the second book in the Thursday Murder Club series by author Richard Osman and in my opinion far more enjoyable than the first book. Having been introduced to the club members in the first book it was easier to get into this one and the characters got even stronger once more meat was put on the bones. Good cosy thriller with fun characters and a good plot. The four Thursday club members Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron return to tackle another case. Former MI5 member Elizabeth receives 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 $20 million worth of stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists former nurse Joyce, retired psychiatrist Ibrahim and retired union leader Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. Up against a murderer who wouldn’t have any issues killing the four septuagenarians of the Thursday Murder Club. Have the club met their match or can they hunt down both the killer and the diamonds. This is a very enjoyable novel that got better the more I read which promises good things for the future. Clever plot, fast paced with a touch of humour. I feel that I am really getting into these characters now so the third book promises to be even better. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Penguin UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Richard Osman - the polymathic co-presenter of the popular Pointless is a publishing phenomenon with his debut novel "The Thursday Murder club" selling over a million in hardback and now dominating the sales charts in softback. "The Man Who Died Twice" is the follow up and I can say now that I expect it to achieve similar success When former M15 operative Elizabeth receives a letter from someone from her past she is immediately drawn into intrigue - even more so as she knows the sender of the lett Richard Osman - the polymathic co-presenter of the popular Pointless is a publishing phenomenon with his debut novel "The Thursday Murder club" selling over a million in hardback and now dominating the sales charts in softback. "The Man Who Died Twice" is the follow up and I can say now that I expect it to achieve similar success When former M15 operative Elizabeth receives a letter from someone from her past she is immediately drawn into intrigue - even more so as she knows the sender of the letter to be long dead. and things soon develop to include her ex-husband .and a £20 million diamond heist. Quickly she draws in the other members of the septuagenarian Thursday Murder Club - Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim as well as the local police and her M15 contacts. This book is actually better than its predecessor - that had rather a linear plot whereas this has a number of plot strands woven together, in Osman's discursive prose style, into an enthralling tapestry. A must read. My thanks to Penguin for an ARC via NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jackie ϟ Bookseller

    I received a physical ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars: ★★★★☆ "I am learning that it is important to stop sometimes, and just have a drink and a gossip with friends, even as corpses start to pile up around you. Which they have been doing a lot recently." In this follow-up to the amazing and charming The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman continues the lives of our favorite amateur detectives as they get wrapped up in an entirely new case. When Elizabe I received a physical ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars: ★★★★☆ "I am learning that it is important to stop sometimes, and just have a drink and a gossip with friends, even as corpses start to pile up around you. Which they have been doing a lot recently." In this follow-up to the amazing and charming The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman continues the lives of our favorite amateur detectives as they get wrapped up in an entirely new case. When Elizabeth's ex-husband turns up at the senior living home asking her for her help, the Thursday Murder Club soon finds themselves investigating more murders than ever, with a little bit of planted cocaine and more than a few stolen diamonds on the side. Readers who are hoping for more charm, laughs, and danger from this second Thursday Murder Club installment will get just those things and more. I really could not put this one down, and felt transported right back to where I found myself while reading the first novel: surrounded by characters who felt like friends and a mystery that kept me turning pages until late into the night. I did not guess the murderer, not entirely anyway, which I appreciate, even if the motivation for their actions was...not worth it in my opinion ($20 million? Nah. $100 million? Maybe...) Somehow wholesome and dark at the same time, The Man Who Died Twice is a worthy follow-up to its predecessor, and I cannot wait for more from Elizabeth, Joyce, Donna, and the rest of the gang.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sid Nuncius

    I enjoyed The Man Who Died Twice enormously. I’m surprised to find myself giving five stars to a book by a celebrity, but it deserves it. We meet the remaining members of the Thursday Murder Club again (with their pals from the police and the redoubtable Bogdan), and this time it is Elizabeth’s colourful past in Intelligence which provides a present-day mystery. It’s a convoluted but somehow plausible plot involving international money-laundering, stolen diamonds and some very unpleasant and viol I enjoyed The Man Who Died Twice enormously. I’m surprised to find myself giving five stars to a book by a celebrity, but it deserves it. We meet the remaining members of the Thursday Murder Club again (with their pals from the police and the redoubtable Bogdan), and this time it is Elizabeth’s colourful past in Intelligence which provides a present-day mystery. It’s a convoluted but somehow plausible plot involving international money-laundering, stolen diamonds and some very unpleasant and violent characters. It is, of course, a load of hooey really, but it’s hugely enjoyable hooey, populated by a group of well-drawn characters and told with wit, clever structuring and an engaging, even gripping, style. We still get Joyce’s delightful journal entries (some of which are laugh-out-loud funny), some truly gruesome moments, some very sweet romance and some genuinely thoughtful reflections on life. The Thursday Murder Club did very well at least partly because Richard Osman is (rightly, in my view) a very well-loved celebrity, but it was a good book in its own right. I think this is even better; Osman is clearly a talented writer and a witty, humane man. I can recommend this very warmly and I’m looking forward to the next. (My thanks to Penguin/Viking for an ARC via NetGalley.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    it pains me to leave Richard a less than glowing review because there was a period in the first lockdown where i would binge several eps of House of Games per day and honestly thought i would die for the man. however, i have received an advance copy of his second novel and i think it's fair to say you can tell it wasn't written by someone whose main job is writing. i think Richard is wonderful at gentle 6pm quizzes but not so good on narrating the inner workings of MI5 in a convincing way. i did it pains me to leave Richard a less than glowing review because there was a period in the first lockdown where i would binge several eps of House of Games per day and honestly thought i would die for the man. however, i have received an advance copy of his second novel and i think it's fair to say you can tell it wasn't written by someone whose main job is writing. i think Richard is wonderful at gentle 6pm quizzes but not so good on narrating the inner workings of MI5 in a convincing way. i did have a few wry chuckles here and there and i truly believe Richard loves these characters, who he portrays with a lot of affection and generosity - plus, he clearly has a knack for observing charming human foibles (what with all the members of the public he's had to banter with for over a decade on pointless). but overall i think there is some kind of international conspiracy whereby we are so enamoured with Richard's comforting avuncular presence that we are willing to buy 1 million copies of his not-very-good book and convince everyone that it's a literary sensation.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kidlitter

    A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and lemon-drizzled cake of a review. Not your grandmother's cozy mystery, more likely your nana's blueprint for making trouble in that posh retirement home you've shipped her off to. Brilliantly done, as cynical about human motivation and error as any film noir plot ever borrowed one of the more tawdry American 50s flicks (and the title is borrowed from one.) But it also has heart and humour in abundance, just like Osman's first book about fo A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and lemon-drizzled cake of a review. Not your grandmother's cozy mystery, more likely your nana's blueprint for making trouble in that posh retirement home you've shipped her off to. Brilliantly done, as cynical about human motivation and error as any film noir plot ever borrowed one of the more tawdry American 50s flicks (and the title is borrowed from one.) But it also has heart and humour in abundance, just like Osman's first book about four hyper-intelligent English pensioners - albeit well-off, hence the very nice digs where they live and investigate crime from. Here 20 million pounds worth of diamonds is missing and the bodies are piling up as our fearless team of geriatric sleuths swing into action. Joyce is as shrewd, kind and gifted at baking cakes as ever, Ron continues to bring Labour politics and muscle to whatever issue needs sorting, Ibrahim the therapist and puzzle master is touchingly aware of his missed chances in life so determined to grasp whatever adventure might come his way. There is a crew of friends, helpers, police and even bad guys who add their stories to the mix, all of whom are worth knowing, if not liking as much as our protagonists. Most of all there is Elizabeth, too busy to hug, too slick to miss a single trick, too loyal to her loved ones to ever let anything happen to them, or if it does, to exact a revenge that resonates for the age. Elizabeth, whose husband Stephen is sliding away into dementia, whose genius and master spy past and endless connections cannot stop this terrible loss but who is determined to stave it off with another win for justice. Osman proves he didn't strike gold the first time through sheer dumb luck - he's almost as clever as Elizabeth. Long may this series continue and PLEASE, Helen Mirren as Elizabeth in the films, and Bill Nighy as anybody, please?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I managed to last a few hours after receiving the eARC before I began to read this book. I really enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club, so I had high hopes for this. I am delighted to say that The Man Who Died Twice exceeded all my expectations. It was such a joy to be back with characters that I had grown to love so much. The humour was spot on, delightfully British with a side of sarcasm, and I found myself chuckling to myself many times, to the bemusement of my two cats. There were also times of g I managed to last a few hours after receiving the eARC before I began to read this book. I really enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club, so I had high hopes for this. I am delighted to say that The Man Who Died Twice exceeded all my expectations. It was such a joy to be back with characters that I had grown to love so much. The humour was spot on, delightfully British with a side of sarcasm, and I found myself chuckling to myself many times, to the bemusement of my two cats. There were also times of genuine sadness, which were written with great sensitivity and care. I found the crime much easier to follow this time, yet I didn't find it predictable in any way. There were several twists and turns that left me befuddled and flicking back to try and look for clues I'd missed. All in all, I absolutely loved this and can't wait for the next installment with Elizabeth, Joyce and friends. Enormous thanks to NetGalley and Viking Books for the eARC.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Absolutely loved the first one. Oh my goodness-this one is even better!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim Higgins

    4.5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    The senior citizens are kicking derriere and taking names again. Full review to follow Is The Man Who Died Twice wildly improbable? Absolutely! But it is even more wildly entertaining. From the opening sentence in Part One you are whisked into the world of a group of seniors with all their one-liners, “beat of their own drum” responses, and unpredictability. This is the second book featuring this unique group of intelligent, geriatric, men and women who each bring a special skill and sense of adve The senior citizens are kicking derriere and taking names again. Full review to follow Is The Man Who Died Twice wildly improbable? Absolutely! But it is even more wildly entertaining. From the opening sentence in Part One you are whisked into the world of a group of seniors with all their one-liners, “beat of their own drum” responses, and unpredictability. This is the second book featuring this unique group of intelligent, geriatric, men and women who each bring a special skill and sense of adventure to their lives and the lives of those around them. As a reader the best thing you can do is sit back, relax, and get ready for one of the most entertaining reads you are likely to encounter. Richard Osman has once again created a mystery adventure that swirls around the lives of a group of friends living in a retirement home. This isn’t just an ordinary group, however. They each have unique skills and responses to situations that make them the ideal group to tackle mysteries and deal with situations created by a wide assortment of people, most of whom are criminally inclined. This book easily stands alone, but it is a follow-up to The Thursday Murder Club and if you prefer to read books in series, you may want to start your reading there. Whatever your approach, it won’t come as a surprise if, after reading one, you rush out to get the other. The book begins with Ibrahim, one of the group, choosing to be bold and take himself out for the day. Although the trip is initially successful, it is ruined in the end when he is mugged. Bringing about retribution for harming their friend becomes one of the group’s primary focuses. You just don’t mess with these people, or, for that matter, with one of their friends. While Ibrahim’s mugging and the group’s efforts at payback are not the main focus of this novel, they are an integral part of it. The main plot of the book has Elizabeth, the group’s retired MI6 operative, being asked for help from Douglas, her ex-husband. It seems he has been placed in protective custody because he is suspected of having stolen some diamonds that were the property of the mafia. Needless to say, they want them back, as does the man who was entrusted with them as a down payment. While Douglas tells Elizabeth he is blameless, she is way too smart to believe him and, of course, she is proved right. Unfortunately, she learns the truth about the same time he is murdered, along with Poppy, the agent who was assigned to protect him. Now Elizabeth is on the case to solve the murders, recover the diamonds, and perhaps vindicate Poppy’s death. At least, that’s what she thinks at first. Elizabeth and her group of savvy seniors set about to determine who stole the diamonds and who murdered Poppy and the ex. As long as they are stirring themselves to action, they decide they need to bring about justice for Ibrahim as well, and although their first attempt is a failure, they find a way to wrap everything together and bring about justice for everyone involved. That is, until there is a twist, and Elizabeth realizes she’s made one rather major mistake. Does her realization come too late? How is she going to get out of this situation with herself as well as her friends in their respective single pieces? You’ll have to read the book to find out. This is one of the most entertaining books I have read this year and is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and more than a few laughs. My thanks to Penguin Book Viking, Pamela Dorman Books Publishing, and NetGalley for an advance copy for review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Howe

    After reading this, I have been debating with myself which book I enjoyed more - The Thursday Murder Club or The Man Who Died Twice. However it's like asking me to choose which of my two children I love most. After careful consideration, I have to say that it's probably the second one....however I am still undecided on the books. I have to admit that, on hearing that Richard Osman had written a novel, I wasn't completely convinced. Not because I was not a massive Osman fan (I most definitely am) After reading this, I have been debating with myself which book I enjoyed more - The Thursday Murder Club or The Man Who Died Twice. However it's like asking me to choose which of my two children I love most. After careful consideration, I have to say that it's probably the second one....however I am still undecided on the books. I have to admit that, on hearing that Richard Osman had written a novel, I wasn't completely convinced. Not because I was not a massive Osman fan (I most definitely am) but I have never really enjoyed the novels of celebrities who have tried their hands at being an author. It almost seems like cheating for a celeb to use their already high profile to sell novels which may only sell on name recognition alone. After reading Mr Osman's first novel and now his second I am completely convinced that all the high praise is in fact much deserved. If anything, I hope as his writing career progresses he is not seen as 'that tall guy from that quiz show' but instead as a fantastic author. The Man Who Died Twice is a fantastic novel and I read it in one day. The characters from the first novel jumped off the page as they investigate another murder (or murders). Osman's novels have been called "warm" and "comforting" and there is no doubt they are. How could a story about old age pensioners not be when written by someone who clearly has a big beating heart. However to describe this novel in only those terms does not do it justice. It's a crime novel with a whodunnit element but, for me, the key to this novel (and series) lies in the relationships between the four main characters. Without any spoilers, the part with Ron and Ibrahim in the hospital almost had me in tears - the writing was just so brilliant in capturing Ron's character and behaviour. Given the high regard in which The Thursday Murder Club was received I don't think anyone will need much encouragement to read this novel - but if you do need encouragement, then READ THIS NOVEL. Thanks to Penguin General UK and to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

    I haven't done any reviewing this year. This was by choice - finish up all outstanding reviews and then stay strong and don't request anything. Don't even look at NetGalley or Edelweiss. And I was going okay, until Ellie sent out an auto-approved link and I simply couldn't resist the next Thursday Murder Club Mystery. Straight off the first page we're back with the disjointed but witty banter between Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim. They're discussing everything that needs to be discussed - mos I haven't done any reviewing this year. This was by choice - finish up all outstanding reviews and then stay strong and don't request anything. Don't even look at NetGalley or Edelweiss. And I was going okay, until Ellie sent out an auto-approved link and I simply couldn't resist the next Thursday Murder Club Mystery. Straight off the first page we're back with the disjointed but witty banter between Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim. They're discussing everything that needs to be discussed - most interestingly whether Joyce should get a dog (yes) and if so, what kind (medium, not a puppy).  Everyone's back, in fact. Chris and Donna, even Ron's taxi guy, faithful Bogdan, and we're also joined by MI5, MI6, a cast of new criminals and even Elizabeth's ex-husband. Who may or may not have lifted 20 million pounds' worth of diamonds from a rather stuffy man who acts as the middle-man between the various mafias around the world, who won't hesitate to kill him or anyone to get their property back - not that they need it, just the principle of the thing, you know. Little old ladies included.  So it's with this at stake that the Thursday Murder Club trot along on their merry way to be underestimated here, there, and everywhere. They are all in their element, whether it's Ron playing the tough man or Joyce being sweet, or Elizabeth being Elizabeth. Importantly, Ibrahim plays a quieter role in this book which only makes it more believable and drives the others to fight harder.  I love that the spotlight is on the older generation here and that they accomplish what others probably can't, thanks to their decades of experience and connections. But that also they still make mistakes sometimes, or that they don't always make the choices that you or I might make. This was a second book just as good as the first, which we don't always get to experience. I hope there'll be a lot more in the series to come yet. 

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Cornelius

    The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman Firstly, if you haven’t read The Thursday Murder Club you may want to stop and do so before you read this novel as it will make so much more sense. Everyone’s favourite septuagenarians are off on their adventures again led, as always, by Elizabeth. The main characters, Elizabeth, (a former MI5 operative) Joyce,( a former nurse and now almost full time puzzle solver) Ibrahim, (a former psychiatrist) and Ron, (an ex union leader and left wing anti Thatcherite The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman Firstly, if you haven’t read The Thursday Murder Club you may want to stop and do so before you read this novel as it will make so much more sense. Everyone’s favourite septuagenarians are off on their adventures again led, as always, by Elizabeth. The main characters, Elizabeth, (a former MI5 operative) Joyce,( a former nurse and now almost full time puzzle solver) Ibrahim, (a former psychiatrist) and Ron, (an ex union leader and left wing anti Thatcherite) are on the trail of diamonds purportedly stolen by Douglas, Elizabeth’s ex-husband. Then one of their own is attacked and robbed in a mindless act of violence and the team swing into action again. They are ably assisted by Donna and Chris, from the Fairhaven police force, and are soon on the trail of the attacker. There are however many twists and turns before we arrive at a very satisfactory ending. The pace is fast and the characters grow as you read on and you find yourself rooting for them and their ability to solve seemingly impossible problems. This book gives you an intriguing mystery to solve and although it might feel like a cosy story they are dealing with some truly ruthless people. I would thoroughly recommend this novel and would like oto thank the author, the publishers and Net Galley for the opportunity to read the book in return for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kitty McIntosh

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting the second book in Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series, so I was delighted to receive an early review copy. I loved it even more than the first one. It was like coming home to old friends, as we joined Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron for another mystery and some fantastic adventures. When Elizabeth receives a letter from an old work colleague the Murder Club members become embroiled in a dangerous hunt for stolen diamonds, involving mobsters and the real poss I’ve been eagerly awaiting the second book in Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series, so I was delighted to receive an early review copy. I loved it even more than the first one. It was like coming home to old friends, as we joined Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron for another mystery and some fantastic adventures. When Elizabeth receives a letter from an old work colleague the Murder Club members become embroiled in a dangerous hunt for stolen diamonds, involving mobsters and the real possibility that the bodies will start piling up again. It was everything I hoped for and more. It was perfectly plotted, utilising the various talents of the group. Each and every character mattered in this story, because that’s how it’s solved. Not with one person, but with the combined strengths of each of them. Foolish is the person who underestimates these septuagenarians. It made me smile and made me shed a little tear. We can only hope to have friends like Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron when we move to our own retirement villages. And even if I have only a fraction of the excitement they have, I’ll be happy. I was given this ARC to review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The second in the Thursday Murder Club series sees Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce and Ibrahim return, with a new mystery on their hands: an intriguing letter from a dead man kicks things off but soon it’s Elizabeth’s former life as a spy which is coming back to make trouble. Another humorous and charming murder mystery, with the whole gang from the first book, including local police officers Donna and Chris. For me, not quite as strong as the first book, but maybe that’s just because the first one was a The second in the Thursday Murder Club series sees Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce and Ibrahim return, with a new mystery on their hands: an intriguing letter from a dead man kicks things off but soon it’s Elizabeth’s former life as a spy which is coming back to make trouble. Another humorous and charming murder mystery, with the whole gang from the first book, including local police officers Donna and Chris. For me, not quite as strong as the first book, but maybe that’s just because the first one was a lovely surprise and I knew what to expect this time around. My favourite character this time was Chris, his struggles felt really real and endearing, and as a result I loved reading from his point of view. Joyce is still also hilarious, much like the first novel she writes in rather short-attention-span diary entries, and she’s a lot of fun. For crime fiction these are really amusing. My thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher, Penguin, for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is out in September in the UK. #bookstagram #bookreviews #booklove #TheManWhoDiedTwice #RichardOsman #Crimefiction #TheThursdayMurderClub #mysteryfiction

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Middleton

    What an absolute joy it was to be back with The Thursday Murder Club at Coopers Chase! The Man Who Died Twice is, in a word, charming. We already know the characters, so here they settle into their roles a bit more, each bringing something necessary to the table. Lots of laughs and some genuine heart and depth. Guaranteed tears, the final few chapters got me! The mystery was a fun one once again, with plenty of twists and turns to really keep you on your toes. Richard Osman is so clever with his What an absolute joy it was to be back with The Thursday Murder Club at Coopers Chase! The Man Who Died Twice is, in a word, charming. We already know the characters, so here they settle into their roles a bit more, each bringing something necessary to the table. Lots of laughs and some genuine heart and depth. Guaranteed tears, the final few chapters got me! The mystery was a fun one once again, with plenty of twists and turns to really keep you on your toes. Richard Osman is so clever with his writing, and in neither book has the reveal felt predictable at all. They have a very Knives Out feel to them, in my opinion. Overall, I completely and utterly adored every single second of reading this, and I’m actually quite sad that I got through it so quickly. I really really hope there’s a third instalment, and I look forward to joining Joyce, Elizabeth, Roy, and Ibhrahim at Coopers Chase again soon. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for providing me with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ciara

    I received this advanced copy from Penguin General UK via Netgally in exchange for an honest review. “She’s on a diet, she’s eighty two!.” “Zimmer frames make you look fat. It’s the thin legs.” We are back with the Thursday Murder Club gang and after reading this I’m just about ready to pack my bags and move to Coopers Chase. This book much like the first book is filled with laugh out loud moments, fun, friendship and of course a few dead bodies. The reader learns more about the lives of the Thur I received this advanced copy from Penguin General UK via Netgally in exchange for an honest review. “She’s on a diet, she’s eighty two!.” “Zimmer frames make you look fat. It’s the thin legs.” We are back with the Thursday Murder Club gang and after reading this I’m just about ready to pack my bags and move to Coopers Chase. This book much like the first book is filled with laugh out loud moments, fun, friendship and of course a few dead bodies. The reader learns more about the lives of the Thursday Murder Club gang including Elizabeth’s life as a spy and Joyce’s Instagram. Ex husband’s, the M15, cocaine, guns and diamonds make the storyline much faster paced then the first book. However despite the action I genuinely smiled the whole time I was reading this book it’s endearing and heartwarming from the first page to the last. It’s the characters that make the book. If you were a fan of The Thursday Murder Club you will love this. In my opinion it’s even better then the first. Fingers crossed for A Thursday Murder Club #3.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I read – and loved – the first book, The Thursday Murder Club, and, in my review, I said that I’d enjoyed it so much I hoped it would be the first in a series. My wish came true and I eagerly grabbed the chance to read The Man Who Died Twice. Another cracking mystery from Richard Osman, and we return to The Thursday Murder Club; four residents of an upmarket retirement village who became friends and formed a club to investigate cold cases. There are also some really good secondary characters in t I read – and loved – the first book, The Thursday Murder Club, and, in my review, I said that I’d enjoyed it so much I hoped it would be the first in a series. My wish came true and I eagerly grabbed the chance to read The Man Who Died Twice. Another cracking mystery from Richard Osman, and we return to The Thursday Murder Club; four residents of an upmarket retirement village who became friends and formed a club to investigate cold cases. There are also some really good secondary characters in the story. Elizabeth is contacted by someone from her past and counts on Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron to help her solve a real-time murder case. Guns, bodies, MI5, and diamonds feature this time around, and it was a brilliant story with just the right amounts of reality and cosiness. I was gripped right to the very end, where readers will find a lovely little twist. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Books UK and Viking for an advance reader copy in return for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    My day was made when I discovered I had the chance to read an early copy of 'The Man Who Died Twice' in exchange for an honest review. Having loved its predecessor, 'The Thursday Murder Club', I hoped I was in for a treat. Of course, that came with a bit of nervousness about this potentially being the "difficult second book" and not living up to the first. I needn't have worried – I adored it! The book takes us back to Coopers Chase retirement home and our favourite quirky characters. I particul My day was made when I discovered I had the chance to read an early copy of 'The Man Who Died Twice' in exchange for an honest review. Having loved its predecessor, 'The Thursday Murder Club', I hoped I was in for a treat. Of course, that came with a bit of nervousness about this potentially being the "difficult second book" and not living up to the first. I needn't have worried – I adored it! The book takes us back to Coopers Chase retirement home and our favourite quirky characters. I particularly appreciated how each character's personality was given more of an opportunity to shine through in this book. Although these people find themselves in such unusual circumstances, they are so real and down-to-earth. They could be anyone's grandparents! There was also a generous dose of Richard Osman's inimitably wry writing style which made me laugh out loud so many times. The book is a page-turner and kept me guessing all the way through. Above all, though, it was a book with huge heart about intergenerational love and friendship, teamwork and how we should never underestimate anyone (particularly our elders!).

  27. 4 out of 5

    charlie

    My faves are back!! I loved The Thursday Murder Club and had high hopes for the second book - Osman totally did not disappoint!! I had worried that it would suffer from Middle Book Syndrome, as so many sequels to great books do, but thankfully that wasn't the case at all here. The characters totally shine; not just the main four, but also the equally fantastic side characters, both old and new. Bogdan especially captured my heart this time around! Our second mystery is just as twisty-turny as the My faves are back!! I loved The Thursday Murder Club and had high hopes for the second book - Osman totally did not disappoint!! I had worried that it would suffer from Middle Book Syndrome, as so many sequels to great books do, but thankfully that wasn't the case at all here. The characters totally shine; not just the main four, but also the equally fantastic side characters, both old and new. Bogdan especially captured my heart this time around! Our second mystery is just as twisty-turny as the first one, and this especially is such a testament to Osman's writing abilities because the way the plot unfolds is just! Chefs kiss! Amazing! If this turned into one of those series with thirty-two books and a seemingly un-ageing protagonist à la Lee Child's Jack Reacher, I would read every damn book. Long live the Thursday Murder Club!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yeling

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars I binged on this tonight and finished it and it is 🤌🏻🤌🏻🤌🏻 they’re officially my favourite septuagenarians!!! The plot twists are so good and so enjoyable. I kept trying to figure out the whodunnit but I lost, oh well. I was so amazed when Elizabeth solved the mystery in the end. Knocked half a star off because I couldn’t figure out the part on Joyce getting Ibrahim out of the house at the end of the book and it felt a bit cryptic. I wonder if I missed anything?? But anyway, Actual rating: 4.5 stars I binged on this tonight and finished it and it is 🤌🏻🤌🏻🤌🏻 they’re officially my favourite septuagenarians!!! The plot twists are so good and so enjoyable. I kept trying to figure out the whodunnit but I lost, oh well. I was so amazed when Elizabeth solved the mystery in the end. Knocked half a star off because I couldn’t figure out the part on Joyce getting Ibrahim out of the house at the end of the book and it felt a bit cryptic. I wonder if I missed anything?? But anyway, this was even more exciting than the first book, so much action and brain-picking and code-breaking!! Such a cosy mystery read, absolutely adored it!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Graham

    Loved the first one, loved this one even more. The characters are amazing, struggle to pick a favourite but really want to be part of the gang. Getting to know them even more is fab and can't wait for the third in the series. If you love books with humour, warmth, character, humanity, sadness, plot twists and a few dead bodies thrown in to the mix then you will love the Thursday Murder Club and The Man Who Died Twice. Loved the first one, loved this one even more. The characters are amazing, struggle to pick a favourite but really want to be part of the gang. Getting to know them even more is fab and can't wait for the third in the series. If you love books with humour, warmth, character, humanity, sadness, plot twists and a few dead bodies thrown in to the mix then you will love the Thursday Murder Club and The Man Who Died Twice.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Downton

    Couldn't wait to get my hands on this, mainly by wrestling it from my colleagues hands... anyway, hadn't realised just how much joy Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron bought into my life the first time, this time its bigger, better, funnier with many laugh out loud moments. Joyce's foray into social media is hilarious and it's Joyce that I admire - she is so much more than Watson to Elizabeth's Sherlock. Love the Donna and Chris partnership as well. Read, chuckle and enjoy the crime fighting four Couldn't wait to get my hands on this, mainly by wrestling it from my colleagues hands... anyway, hadn't realised just how much joy Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron bought into my life the first time, this time its bigger, better, funnier with many laugh out loud moments. Joyce's foray into social media is hilarious and it's Joyce that I admire - she is so much more than Watson to Elizabeth's Sherlock. Love the Donna and Chris partnership as well. Read, chuckle and enjoy the crime fighting foursome.

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