The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club

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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. There's Red Ron, the infamous former socialist firebrand, still causing trouble; gentle Joyce, widowed, pining for another resident, but surely not as innocent as she seems; Ibrahim, a former therapist who undersands the darker side of human nature; and Elizabeth? Well, no one is quite sure who she really is, but she's definitely not a woman to underestimate. When a local developer is found dead, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. The friends might be septuagenarians, but they are cleverer than most. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before its too late?
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984880963
1984880969
Branch Call Number: F OSMAN
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 24 cm.

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laphampeak
Nov 23, 2020

Residents of a senior living complex take it upon themselves to dig deep into unsolved past murders when, by chance, the present time throws murder and mayhem their way. Osman elevates the typical amateur sleuth into a tangled web of mystery that keeps you hanging 'til the very end. I love that the seniors are navigating a modern age complete with Skype and medical marijuana. Few characters are who they really are and Osman keeps us occupied with questioning and wonder.

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2greyts
Nov 22, 2020

Thoroughly delightful murder(s) mystery with delightful characters. A readable, and to many of us, relatable, romp!

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betsymarzoni
Nov 10, 2020

What a fun and engrossing read this was! Four residents of a retirement village meet every Thursday morning to go over old cold case files that their former club member, who is now severely ill and comatose, has left with them, relics from her career as a policewoman. If you have ever visited a retirement home or village you will delight in the political goings on (the parking committee is the most powerful) and the wide range of activities available for the residents (our group has taken over the room reserved for Japanese Opera knowing no one will show up for that topic). Many think that once you've reached your 70's and beyond, it's time to slow down, but this group of characters is funny, curious, smart, and adventuresome. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as you get to know the characters and their environment. And then they become immersed in a real life murder! By the end of the book there are actually four dead bodies needing accountability and our group actively helps unravel the answers. The mysteries behind the four dead bodies are very good and will keep you guessing. A very satisfying read and the end opens the door for more "Mystery Club" adventures, which I would love.

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pattif152
Oct 31, 2020

Very witty but with an underlying warmth. Most important in a murder mystery (even a cozy),
however, is that most readers won't guess the solution to all of the clever mysteries before the "reveal". The characters are not cliched despite their surface appearance as standard elderly residents of an upscale British retirement community. A very entertaining read! I can't wait for a new installment.

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midori_hon
Oct 23, 2020

well, that was as delightful as a gooseberry crumble hot out of the oven.
the author, richard osman, is well known for a game show called 'pointless.' you can see episodes of 'pointless celebrities' on youtube. i thought it rather mean to call the celebrities pointless, but turns out that wasn't the premise.

this excerpt tickled me to no end:
it is ian's regular smoothie. some raspberries, a fistful of spinach, Icelandic yogurt (Finnish, if they are out of Icelandic), spirulina, wheatgrass, acerola cherry powder, chlorella, kelp, acai extract, cocoa nibs, zinc, beetroot essence, chia seeds, mango zest, and ginger. it is his own invention, and he calls it Keep It Simple.

osman did a bang up job on his debut novel. i sincerely hope the thursday murder club returns!

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bkwrm1216
Oct 07, 2020

A home run for a debut novel! Set in a British upscale retirement community, built on the site of an old nunnery in a farming area, the engaging characters are clearly defined and very different from each other. What they have in common are secrets. Red herrings abound and reasonable possibilities are carefully examined. Character matters in all the actions and decisions discovered in this rich, compelling, funny, tragic story. Write more soon please.

Chapel_Hill_RobynW Aug 11, 2020

'Thursday Murder Club' by Richard Osman. It's due out in September. Osman is the co-host for a popular game show in the UK called Pointless, where contestants try to guess the answer for obscure questions that are asked to a group of 100 people. Osman is becoming a household name in the UK, and so when I realized he had written a murder mystery I became very excited as I have enjoyed his writing, even if it is largely writing about favorite chocolate bars on twitter (mine's a Wispa, in case you're wondering).

The Thursday Murder Club would be a 'cozy murder mystery' in the USA (which doesn't really exist over in Britain yet, but I'm sure it will soon). It stars a group of older people who live in a luxury retirement community in the countryside. They have an unlikely friendship, where they bond over trying to solve cold case murders from the long career of the group's unofficial leader, Elizabeth. When a local builder with a dodgy past dies, the group springs to action to solve the case in their own way, often leaving the real police trailing behind them (it may be coincidental, but the police team is led by a grumpy DCI Barnaby from Midsummer Murders). As they work to solve the case, they find their own reasons to live, but also discover long-buried secrets have a way of emerging and changing the present.

The sunburn I have on my shoulders and legs is solely because of this book. After three chapters I knew I had to finish this on the beach or fry trying. Osman is a great writer of human behavior and has voiced the characters perfectly. His writing about getting old is perfect in its tone, not too nostalgic and written with the right amount of pathos, humor, and getting on with it that I remember and see with my own family now. There are also thoughts and opinions that may puzzle some, but I found myself smiling and nodding along (the preference of shopping at Waitrose but getting the basics from Aldi, confusion over technology, the sheer joy of ready-mixed gin and Tonic cans from Marks and Spencer). I had convinced myself that I had solved the first murder only a third of the book in, only for my assumptions to blow up pages from the end.

My only slight criticism is that a lot is crammed into the end, so much so that you could have got away with another book. Everyone gets a happy ending (apart from, well, the dead or bad people who don't), and that isn't something I need. However, if you are looking for a book of real-life old people, solving mysteries and giving you the ache that hopefully, you will have friends like that too in your dotage, then give it a go!

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