Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Thursday Murder Club #1

Title: The Thursday Murder Club
Series: Thursday Murder Club #1
Author: Richard Osman
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: September 3rd, 2020

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves. A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
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. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

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?
A thriller where the bad guys are not that bad...maybe?

The Thursday Murder Club involves a retirement community (Coopers Chase), a murder, a recently relocated cop (PC Donna de Freitas), and four friends in their seventies.

I don't know why it happened but I just couldn't read this book at my usual pace. It took me about a week to finish it. I had to buy the audio which made all the difference. I just didn't understand it, I enjoyed the main characters: Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce, Ibrahim, Chris and Donna and I liked the story as a whole. Who knows why I couldn't get into it at times!

Anyway, the book begins with 4 retired friends, Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce, and Ibrahim. They meet at the Jigsaw Room every Thursday and what do they do? They tried to solve cases of different murders. 

Then a real murder occurred, Tony Curran, a local builder is found bludgeoned to death. The four friends will insert themselves into the investigation forcing Donna and her boss Chris to work with them in order to find the murderer.

Like I said earlier, the characters were engaging, and I liked them. Yes, I did think that there was no way in real life that the cops will share all their secrets with them. I also don't believe they were able to be one step ahead of the cops but regardless of those issues, it still works.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

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