I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the debut novel by Richard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club on my blog today.
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?
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman was a joy to read. I was excited to read this book when I first heard about it a couple of years ago. For me, what really made this novel were the characters. It’s what gave it an original spin. I really liked the idea of the residents of the retirement village gathering each Thursday to discuss murder. It’s something I can imagine myself doing when I am at that age, which is many, many years away for me.
The residents of Cooper’s Chase, ‘Britain’s First Luxury Retirement Village,’ as it is described, first get together on a Thursday to discuss old cases. The group is created by Elizabeth and Penny. Penny, however, is no longer part of the group as she is in a nursing home. The group now consists of Elizabeth, Ibrahim Arif and Ron Ritchie. Now Joyce is about to join them. Another character who appears is PC Donna De Freitas, and her idea of working for the police certainly isn’t giving a talk on security at Cooper’s Chase. But she certainly makes an impression on Cooper’s Chases’ finest detectives.
When Richard Osman first introduces to the group, the retirement village does have a similar feeling to when you first start school. Here you are with all these new people, and you have to seek out the ones who you will click with. It is also clear that there will always be those people who you will not get along with.
So, not long after Joyce joins The Thursday Murder Club, they soon find themselves in the midst of their first live case. A local builder, Tony Curran has been murdered. Now it’s time for the group to show off their skills and see if they can outsmart the police. It soon becomes clear that the mystery surrounding Tony’s death is a lot deeper than it first appears.
The characters are really what made this book enjoyable for me. I particularly liked Joyce’s narrative. She keeps a diary, and throughout the book, we get to read extracts and hear her innermost thoughts. You can see that the group take the prospect of solving the recent murder seriously. I also liked PC Donna De Freitas. I could tell that she wanted to make her mark, particularly when early on it is revealed that she ‘would like to have a gun.’ I hope that she does make further appearances in this series and I would like to see where her career progresses.
Richard Osman has created a diverse cast of characters which is what makes this book interesting as well, and I enjoyed seeing them all interact with each other. There are so many ways where I can see Richard Osman taking this series. I’m excited to see what will happen and what cases will come up next for The Thursday Murder Club. I’m certain as well that this isn’t the last the police will be hearing from our dynamic group.
I loved reading this book. I thought it was well plotted and I loved spending time with Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron. It is also very witty as well, and I found myself smiling and laughing in lots of places. I can’t wait to catch up with them again in the next book.
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Print length: 382 pages
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