It’s January, which means it’s time for our Book Club to review a monthly read and Candice has been reading The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.
The Thursday Murder Club
In a peaceful retirement village four unlikely friends meet to discuss unsolved crimes, together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club — Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim may be pushing 80 but they still have a few tricks up their sleeve. When a local developer linked to the retirement village is found dead, the group find themselves in the middle of their first live case and insert themselves into the investigation. Can they solve the case before it’s too late?
This book hits the ground running, and becomes fully immersive — with short and snappy chapters, it is so easy to get lost in this book. In the same way you may say “just one more episode” when binge watching on Netflix, you’ll find yourself often saying “just one more chapter” with this book.
The sun is up, the skies are blue, and murder is in the airRichard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club
While a typical Murder mystery, what sets it apart from others are its characters. Richard Osman creates and develops a diverse set of characters with numerous secrets and reveals along the way. All his characters are classically British, and our four main protagonists Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim who are all elderly, will remind you of your own grandparents or someone you know in such a way that they become easy to imagine and you’ll find yourself laughing at their distinct character nuances and cheeky attitudes as they push their luck with the police – You don’t want to underestimate The Thursday Murder Club.
Do be warned, while this novel is thriving with entertainment and comedic moments it also managed to tug on your heart strings. Set in a retirement village, you can expect elements of grief and loss, as well as highlighting medical issues, physical decline and loneliness.
But, if you’re looking for a fun , entertaining and thoughtfully intelligent read, this book of right up your alley.