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  • A nice surprise!

    Well, that was a nice surprise! I usually stay clear of celebrity writers as, in my experience, they tend to be over rated and over hyped but I have to say that this book by Richard Osman was pretty good and had me engaged from start to finish. The plot is multi-faceted with several murders both recent and historic but rather than this causing confusion, it all seems to flow smoothly and logically despite its complexity although you do have to keep your wits about you to keep up at times. The writing style is easy to read and flows well and although the main subject matter is murder, there are snippets of humour and more tender moments too. The setting of a rather upscale retirement village is unique as are the main characters who are engaging, appealing and, at times, amusing. I really would like to get to know Elizabeth better - she is a very intriguing character and there are teasing morsels of her previous working life which are very interesting and I want to know more. This book is what I would call a cosy-read that could be enjoyed by anyone and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a classic murder-mystery without the violence and graphic detail. Thank you to Penguin General UK and NetGalley for my copy in return for an unbiased and unedited review.

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  • Joyous

    This is a quirky and joyful book so full of life and character. The delightful residents of Coopers Chase have lived full lives but have no desire to waste their remaining years and so a select group spend their time investigating cold cases until a real life murder happens in their midst which really brings them into life. Whilst this is a mystery novel which does make you wonder what dubious secrets some of the residents may be hiding it is far more about the characters and that’s the secret of its charm. This is a warm-hearted read overall but with some tragic events thrown in, some of which are deeply sad but are fortunately balanced out with the overall tone that so clearly has Richard Osman’s voice.

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  • Just Brilliant!

    In Kent, England, four energetic elderly folk meet up once a week to solve cold case murders from police files secretly acquired by the leader of the group, and born organiser, Elizabeth. Former nurse Joyce, is a newbie to the exclusive luxury retirement village, and she soon finds herself recruited to the Thursday Murder Club (TMC). Retired psychiatrist, Ibrahim, and Ron, once a renowned union activist, are the other two members of the TMC. When a local property developer, Tony Curran, is found dead, the TMC find themselves slap in the midst of their very first active case. Like many others, I'm a Richard Osman fan, thus I was very keen to read his début novel and it was certainly a cracker! With the masterfully created, diverse characters, the clever plotting, along with the numerous comedic moments, The Thursday Murder Club really is an enthralling and entertaining read. With secrets and reveals in plentiful supply, there is plenty of fodder for armchair detectives to dwell on. I particularly like that part of the narration is in the form of a diary kept by Joyce, as it offers a different perspective on life, happenings and events in the retirement village. Complete with a neat resolution, I recommend The Thursday Murder Club without any hesitation, and I am hoping there will be other TMC books to come. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin Books/ Viking via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Best to on a Thursday

    Not much to say about this particular book by Richard Osman other that it is BRILLIANT. What a gem, excellent read, no bad language (which is rare) funny at times and a real mystery to figure out. I often figure out who did it before it is revealed but not this time. If you decide to read this wonderful whodunnit I can assure you you won't find it pointless:)

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  • Had me hooked

    So many twists and turns, I thought I'd solved it then something else happens and I found myself totally hooked. Good strong older characters, who are so likeable I really hope there are more books in this series.

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