THE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMAN
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.
But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?
I absolutely adore the lovely Richard, and I could not wait to read his debut novel. I’m delighted to be able to share the good news that this intelligent and witty read drew me in from the very first paragraph and kept me entertained and amused by its setting and characters until its very final page.
Eccentric octegenarians, a village with no shortage of secrets and some top-notch amateur sleuthing action – I mean – what’s not to love? These were some of the many reasons that I was drawn to The Thursday Murder Club and why I’m so grateful to Ellie Hudson for inviting me to participate in this blog tour – as this book was in such high demand to review that I was delighted to be on the list of fantastic bloggers that made the final cut – no pun intended…
I love immersing myself in a setting and feeling like I’ve actually spent time in the place whilst I’m reading and this book really achieves this as you feel like you are there witnessing the crime busting skills of Ibrahim, Ron, Elizabeth and Joyce right there alongside them – I know it’s already been said plenty of times – But it really made me hopeful that this eccentric and lively read will be part of a series of books that I can enjoy on the silver screen shortly!
Because you’re definitely in a safe pair of hands, with a writer who clearly knows and loves his subject matter of quintessentially English crime, you feel like you can totally surrender to this reading experience and spend a few days in the company of these unorthodox criminologists. I really felt like I could imagine this vividly realised world and found it very difficult to detach myself from it to come back to a mundane world of washing dishes and planning lessons.
It was lovely to lose myself in this cosy crime read after a few months where I’ve been mostly reading contemporary writing and non-fiction. It’s funny that I get into reading zones and I’m now on a real Crime Fiction mission and have been drawn to exploring a few Agatha Christie’s after seeing the recent stunning edition of Death On The Nile and losing myself in another of my favourite era’s darker sides. I am trying not to give any spoilers at all as I do not want you to lose a single element of the twists and turns of this original spin on cosy crime, but you should prepare to be both moved, entertained and charmed by the idiosyncrasies of this group of crimefighters who go all-out to show that when it comes to solving mysteries, age is most definitely just a number….
The host of eccentric characters and their complementary character quirks in this charming and entertaining read allowed me to escape from everything COVID and just focus on the twists and turns of the mystery. The way that all of these characters’ ideas and theories interconnect and collide with one another was one of my favourite things about this book and it certainly does a fine job of not allowing you to put it down as it gives you a solid case of ‘one more chapter’ as you wonder whatever is going to happen next and whose crime-busting techniques will win the day.
This was the perfect post-Lockdown read for me – and if you’re growing despondent with this never ending series of restrictions and feel like everything is too much for you and you just want an escape from it all – then this would be a perfect book to lose yourself in. Fans of the crime genre and Pointless alike will have hours of entertainment working with the team and trying to solve the mystery for themselves whilst managing to raise a smile and a theory ot two themselves as they go.
If you love an humourous and intelligent read with memorable and fascinating characters and a setting that you’ll absolutely fall for then this is the read for you. I definitely enjoyed this book just as much as I’d been expecting to and I’m sure that it would appeal to lots of my Book club readers too. Buy yourself a copy here and enjoy this trip into the world of cosy crime for yourself
‘Mystery fans are going to be enthralled’ HARLAN COBEN
‘One of the most enjoyable books of the year’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny’ MARIAN KEYES
‘As gripping as it is funny’ EVENING STANDARD
‘Funny, clever and achingly British’ ADAM KAY
‘An exciting new talent in crime fiction’ DAILY MAIL
‘A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly’ VAL MCDERMID
‘Delight after delight from first page to last’ RED MAGAZINE
‘I completely fell in love with it’ SHARI LAPENA
‘This is properly brilliant. The pages fly and I can’t stop smiling’ STEVE CAVANAGH
‘Charming, clever debut’ STYLIST
‘I laughed my arse off’ BELINDA BAUER
‘A witty and poignant tale’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Clever, clever plot’ FIONA BARTON
‘An absolutely delightful read’ PRIMA MAGAZINE
‘Utterly charming’ SARAH PINBOROUGH
‘Funny and original’ THE SUN
‘Properly funny and totally charming… steeped in Agatha Christie joy’ ARAMINTA HALL
‘This is one of the most delightful novels of the year’ DAILY MIRROR
‘A bundle of joy’ JANE FALLON
Writer On The Shelf
Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club is his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games.
As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.