BOOK REVIEW: RICHARD OSMAN – THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

Today, I am back with a review of a very exciting book that’s already smashing records. It’s The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.

I have literally just finished the last pages of this book and just had to write and post a review straight away! Today, it’s all about The Thursday Murder Club, the first book of the new series by Richard Osman. But first… what is it about? Here is a synopsis:

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.

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 adored this book. I am a huge fan of Richard Osman (especially his game show House of Games!) and I was so excited to see him delving into the world of books with his first book, The Thursday Murder Club. I knew I would love this book but it still exceeded my expectations. There is a lot of buzz around this book, it’s breaking records, it’s part of a big new book series, it’s already number one and out of stock in bookshops! And it’s so well deserved – this book is nothing short of a triumph.

As we all know, crime fiction is well saturated and could be hard to mould something original in that genre but Osman does that with this book. It is the classic murder mystery but there is such wit, humour and warmth with an original voice in fiction and one that I loved. But for me, the heart of this book is its wonderful characters, especially the Thursday Murder Club members: Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron. I loved the four of those characters who all have individual voices and jump from the page. I also loved the other characters around them, too. I loved how Osman showed different perspectives of each of the characters without losing momentum or pace. He has great names for his characters, too. Something I love in a good book.

“The sun is up, the skies are blue and murder is in the air…”

There are a lot of themes threaded throughout the book: getting older, grief, love, family, friendship, consequences of your past, secrets, deceit, and so much more. When reading, I could tell how masterfully plotted this book is. There are twists and turns that are fun and exciting that keeps you on your toes but beside the murder mystery element, there are poignant themes throughout the book that he handles gently and sensitively. There is just something incredibly human about this book (if that makes sense). Yes, it’s a fun and jolly ride but at its core are themes that connects us all: love, loss, grief, etc.

I also loved seeing older characters at the beating heart of the action and not at the sidelines. For me, this is a book that is pure Autumn. A book that you can crack open by the fire when the nights get colder and darker. I was utterly charmed by this book and it held me under its spell. This is the start of a very exciting book series and I can’t wait to see where he takes the Thursday Murder Club next. A triumph of a book.

If you’re a lover of audiobooks, the sublime Lesley Manville reads the audiobook and I don’t think I can leave these characters just yet, so I’m going to listen to the audiobook. This is a book that is not to be missed. I loved it.

Have you read The Thursday Murder Club? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

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