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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Blurb:

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?


'A superb debut. Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny and packed with characters you will want to see a LOT more of' Mark Billingham

'Compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' Harlan Coben

'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy' Marian Keyes

'Funny, clever and achingly British - what else would you expect from a book by Richard Osman?' Adam Kay

'So smart, so funny, so warm, and such a wonderful mystery. If we're lucky Richard Osman will keep these characters alive forever' Caroline Kepnes

'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' Val McDermid

'Diabolically clever, very funny, highly entertaining - utterly delightful. I completely fell in love with it' Shari Lapena

'Clever, clever plot, great gags, Ealing comedy set-ups' Fiona Barton

'Such a pleasurable read. I laughed my arse off, and think that any fan of Richard Osman's (which I am) would love his sly wit and wry observations' Belinda Bauer

'Utterly charming and very, very clever. Exactly what you'd expect from Richard Osman writing a crime novel' Sarah Pinborough

'A properly funny and totally charming murder mystery steeped in Agatha Christie joy. Also the best crime solving foursome and full of a type of Britishness that makes you smile' Araminta Hall

'A bundle of joy... Absolutely loved it' Jane Fallon

'Robert Galbraith meets Tom Sharpe. Plot driven with great characters, I'm doing actual lols on every page. I don't ever want to finish this book!' Philippa Perry

'A wonderfully engaging cast of characters and a brilliantly woven plot... I often found myself staying up way after lights out for just one more chapter' James Oswald

'What a tonic! A scrumptious mixture of wry humour, poignancy, OAP rebellion and the unexpected. I've never read a murder mystery like this one before. Should be on prescription' Jane Corry.

About Richard Osman:

Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club is his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman's House of Games. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.

My Review:

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman's, (yes that Richard Osman), his first crime novel, was a good old fashioned English village whodunnit, and as Osman's debut novel the plot was far from 'Pointless'. Not so much murder at the vicarage, more murder at the former convent, that had now been converted to a luxury retirement home. The Thursday Murder Club were founded by a retired police inspector to solve cold cases, but then murder occurs on their doorstep, and these self-styled third age detectives are not about to step aside and let the police have all of the glory of solving this one. Far removed from plausible police procedurals that we have become accustomed to in these enlightened times, it's a step back to traditional entertainment of a murder mystery, when the sleuths take a bow to a rousing round of applause when the culprit(s) have been banged to rights. I found it a breath of fresh air from my normally darker reading journeys into the crime drama. I'm interested to see what Mr Osman is going to come up with next.

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