The Thursday Murder Club Review

  • Author: Richard Osman
  • Series: The Thursday Murder Club #1
  • No. of pages: 336
  • Dates read: 14.08.20 – 19.08.20
  • Star Rating: 4
  • ARC published by Penguin Books/Viking

First of all, thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Plot: In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings. But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case. The four friends, 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?

I think this book just saved my month!

It has not been a good reading month at all with a DNF and a 2 star rating as well!

This book pulled through. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book at all, I was drawn in though by the idea of 4 retired individuals beating the police to solving the murder!

First of all, Osman’s characterisation was done really really well. Every single character felt different from their mannerism’s to their dialogue! Osman has a great way to make you either like or hate a character with absolute ease! Joyce’s diary entries were really great, I fell in love with her! She is so pure! But also the diary entries helped with pacing and kept me reading more having that change in focus.

Elizabeth was by far my favourite character. The glam, the sass and this mysterious life she leads! She is definitely the leader and I loved watching her interact with her friends and especially the police!

This book was an easy read and I found the plot to flow well and was easy to follow as the mystery started to get more and more complex. I really enjoyed reading about how the club managed to find out things either before the police or finding away to get the information out of the police.

What this book also did really well was balance the humorous moments with the more sombre moments. One minute your chuckling away at something the character Ron said and the next moment you’re thinking about the life you had led so far and I think these moment were balanced well throughout the novel.

This was a great debut story both on its own and as the beginning of a series! I will defo be reading the next book!

The next book I will be reviewing is Wyrd Sister by Terry Pratchett.

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