Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
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?
Title : Thursday Murder Club
Author : Richard Osman
Series : Thursday Murder Club
Format : eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 382
Genre : crime / mystery
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : September 3, 2020
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 4 star review
Well this was as delightful as it sounds, really!
This is definitely (maybe? I think..) on the cozier side of murder mystery novels but doesn’t feel too silly, either. While it might be easy to just enjoy the antics of the seventy year olds poking their noses about and unearthing secrets and hatching plots to solve the case (well, cases), there’s also some very real observations and contemplations concerning their mortality and minds and how much time they, and those around them, have left. In a somewhat related way, too, there were tears shed. For a few different reasons. But they still have a good time, too. It was just.. I mean, I said it before, but : delightful.
“I’d welcome a burglar. It would be nice to have a visitor.”
I was absolutely enamoured by all of the characters; the Murder Club, the officers drawn into their orbit, even some characters who might have been suspects. It was all very gently compelling. Which makes the fact that I have the sequel, or the second in the series, all ready to go because I am not ready to leave these old crafts dears and their fellows.
This might not satisfy readers who are more into thrills, chills, and chases, but if you like a good mystery to unravel, and like to read about some unconventional leads, this is a must for you to read.