The Thursday Murder Club

, #1

Paperback, 400 pages

English language

Published Jan. 30, 2020 by Penguin Books, Limited.

ISBN:
978-0-241-98827-5
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4 stars (80 reviews)

Welcome to... THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?

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reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

The Thursday Murder Club

4 stars

The Thursday Murder Club is a murder mystery book that centers a group of people from a posh retirement community who take it upon themselves to try to solve local mysteries. The characters are a delight and the mystery is solid: red herrings, bonus mysteries, and satisfying answers.

The best part about this book is the characters themselves and their retirement community. It felt like a real portrayal of folks who might live there and what they're dealing with--grief around death of loved ones and friends, the possibilities (and realities) of senility and disability, and also just the complications of younger family. All of the characters felt like unique and interesting people, and it was quite fun to see the murder club team in action playing off of each other.

(All that said, there are some minor unintended things in this book that rubbed me the wrong way that I'll …

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

A bit convoluted with good characters

4 stars

An English retirement village murder mystery. The author writes his old women characters with great love and respect, the old men in comparison feel a bit like side pieces although that’s kind of accurate to real life. The plot and pacing though is like an action scene pieced together from too many rapid jump cuts. Making the whole who done it feel mysterious more through obfuscation than clever plot twists. I enjoyed it but probably won’t check out the rest of the series.

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

everything I wanted

5 stars

People kept telling me this series was great and I kept procrastinating, but I'm here to tell you that wow this book was everything I didn't know I needed. It's not only old-folks-solving-murders, it's old folks who are vibrant and believe in community who create lives for themselves that are so rich that they bring in others who also need them in their lives, and together they solve murders old and new. I don't know how to explain it, but it's wonderful.

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

The Thursday Murder Club

4 stars

1) "Killing someone is easy. Hiding the body, now, that's usually the hard part. That's how you get caught. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the right place, though. The perfect place, really. I come back from time to time, just to make sure everything is still safe and sound. It always is, and I suppose it always will be. Sometimes I'll have a cigarette, which I know I shouldn't, but it's my only vice."

2) "He takes an envelope out of his pocket. 'All right, Bogdan, fair's fair. Here's three grand. That do you?' Bogdan looks weary. 'Three grand, sure.' Ian hands it over. 'It's actually £2,800, but that's near enough between friends. Now, I wanted to ask you about something.' 'Sure,' says Bogdan, pocketing the money. 'You seem a bright lad, Bogdan.' Bogdan shrugs. 'Well, I speak fluent Polish.'"

3) "Elizabeth and Joyce settle into conversation. They …

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

Lovely to listen to

5 stars

Ended up listening to this as an audiobook after mildly panicking that the third in the series was about to lob, and I was still struggling to get to this debut on the teetering unread pile. Glad I did.

Fans of this style of novel will be well aware of the buzz around THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB (the book name / and the group that it features). Four people from a retirement village (Cooper's Chase) who meet weekly to investigate unsolved mysteries, the old hands Elizabeth, Ibraham and Ronald are joined by recent arrival Joyce, just as two murders occur right on their doorstep.

Causing a bit of havoc for PC Donna De Freitas and DC Chris Hudson along the way, De Freitas twigs very early on that an offer to co-operate with this wily bunch is better than trying to stop them from getting involved. Not only does it …

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

Review of 'The Thursday Murder Club' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Thoroughly enjoyable, every page. One of the characters reminds me of my Mom, which made it all the more so. I wish she could have read this.
Osman weaves in the most minor of threads, but never leaves them hanging. One of the most gratifying denouements I've read in quite some time.

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

A rather cosy little murder

4 stars

In a retirement village, Joyce is asked a question by member (well leader, let's be honest) of the Thursday Murder Club Elizabeth about how long it would take to bleed out from a certain wound. They meet in the jigsaw room every Thursday hence the name. There she meets the tough as nails but heart of gold Ron and the ex-psychologist Ibrahim.

Together they solve cold cases. But when a murder occurs related to their retirement village it uncovers secrets that end up closer to home.

Mechanically the story alternates between Joyce's journal entries and a third person view but it does have a fairly decent pace.

The characters a very likeable and have very distinct approaches, Elizabeth has many contacts and is very observant (with a history that's very hush hush), Ron is rough around the edges, Ibrahim is more for the analysis (and I suppose the little grey …

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

Review of 'Thursday Murder Club : (the Thursday Murder Club 1)' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I enjoyed reading it, but I find it baffling after I've finished it. Details stick out from the beginning of the book I'd expect further investigation and probably would lead to a suspect. People are uncovered at the end for things that weren't mentioned in the rest of the book, leading to fun questions like: Who is this person? Did I miss something? Why is this person mentioned now?

Chapters are short, but sometimes they seem much too short. As if there isn't enough there there, you know?

It's okay, but I found it disappointing in the end.

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

Review of 'The Thursday Murder Club' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

It just took way too long to finish this book. I was put off by the way it was written—unfortunately not interesting at all. Sad to say that it was torture finishing this one. In the end, it turned out to have some interesting "twists" but altogether it was a rather bland book. I especially disliked the way it was written in present tense. It just did not feel right at all.

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