In a peaceful retirement village off the A21 in Kent, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.
But when a property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but the still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late.
A page-turning murder mystery in the tradition of Christie and a joyful, laugh-out-loud celebration of modern Britishness, The Thursday Murder Club is a true classic in the making.
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this much hyped, celebrity written piece of fiction, but what I got was a pleasing murder mystery with a cast of quaint characters and some fabulously British observations.
A quirky read, yes, as The Thursday Murder Club is set in a retirement village in Kent, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron are crime aficionados, reviewing unsolved crimes – the details obtained from a retired police officer in the community. So when an actual murder occurs they are in prime position and determined not to be sidelined.
Elizabeth, particularly is an intriguing character, her background is never revealed but she has lived a colourful life and hints suggest a career in the secret service. I loved this aspect of the story, the juxtaposition of an elderly lady in a retirement village with allusions to being a spy! The unspoken leader of the group consisting of a retired nurse, a retired psychiatrist and a former trade union activist.
The crimes themselves are intriguing, with sufficient evidence gathering to allow for the sleuths among us to attempt to solve the mystery. A likeable police duo lead the formal investigation and in a slightly tongue in cheek way they recognise the Thursday Murder Club.
This is an entertaining novel, the plot is strong but the characters are at the heart of the and for this reason I think this will appeal as much to fans of Three Things About Elsie or Eleanor Oliphant as it will for fans of crime fiction. The book is written in the third person, but periodically we hear from Joyce in the first person, the newest member of the group, she very much seems to be there for the ride, following Elizabeth’s lead and her observations are acute. While this is a murder mystery / crime novel the pace is slow and the characters strong, this is as much about this quadruple gang and the goings on of their community as it is about the killing.
An amusing read with some witty writing and some truly engaging characters.
About the Author
Richard Osman is a British television producer and presenter on shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games. The Thursday Murder Club is his first and, so far, best novel.
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