The Thursday Murder Club

Paperback edition released 13/05/2021

by Richard Osman

Part of the The Thursday Murder Club Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Thursday Murder Club

Four septuagenarians from a retirement village set out to solve a murder in this wonderfully entertaining, warm, and amusing mystery.

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An absolutely charming and thoroughly entertaining mystery debut starring four septuagenarians. A real-life murder tickles the detective fancy of certain members from a well-to-do retirement village. Led by Elizabeth they sneakily make themselves indispensable to the investigating officers. I’m already working out who I would cast as Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron if this was made into a TV series. Each character in this amusing (yes it is charming and amusing even with a murder to solve) story is perfectly placed. There is a sense of ease, an inviting warmth, and a hint of old-fashioned, yet this story is actually bang up-to-date. A sharp edge to observations slices through any thoughts of cosy, while there is a gentle poking of fun at middle England. Richard Osman has created a wonderfully readable story that is the perfect introduction to a new series. I can't wait to see what comes next! The Thursday Murder Club has waltzed its way into my heart and the LoveReading Star Books list - highly recommended.

Liz Robinson

The Thursday Murder Club Synopsis

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

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? 

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Richard Osman Press Reviews

'Will delight crime and general fiction fans alike with its mix of British humour and small village life' -- Simon Johnson, director for books at Amazon EU

'A total pleasure. Endearing characters, a page-turning mystery and sudden throat-lump moments of tenderness. It is also very, very funny' -- Abigail Dean

'I completely loved this book! It's so warmly written and so funny, the characters and setting both wonderfully depicted' -- Debbie Howells

'This novel (an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery set in a retirement village) is a tonic - it's compelling and warm and clever but most of all it's HILARIOUS. Gentle and ingenious. LOVED IT' -- Will Dean

'I could go on all day and half the night about this book. Buy it and save me the trouble. As one would expect from Richard Osman, a rich, textured, twisted, and fabulously funny tale of murder and mayhem' -- Alan Bradley

'Wickedly clever and charmingly ingenious. MURDER CLUB is exactly the right combination of brilliant plot twists and engaging characters. You race through the pages, only to be sorry for the book to end' -- Lisa Gardner

'Osman mixes mirth and murder in his exceptional debut. Osman's witty prose is a highlight. Fans of Lynne Truss's Constable Twitten mysteries will be tickled' - Publishers Weekly

'A wonderfully engaging cast of characters and a brilliantly woven plot... I often found myself staying up way after lights out for just one more chapter' -- James Oswald

'What a great read this book is. Brimming with fascinating characters, humour, intrigue and warmth. And of course a brilliant whodunnit' -- Lesley Manville

'By turns hilarious and poignant, The Thursday Murder Club offers up a brilliant concept that's flawlessly executed and told in a unique, captivating voice. These are rare qualities in any novel, let alone a debut. I read the first page, then put all else on hold to devour this pitch-perfect book in one sitting. Bravo!' -- Jeffrey Deaver

'Written with a sharp satirical pen that gives it a cool, funny Pascal Garnier vibe' -- Adrian McKinty

'This is properly brilliant. A stunning crime debut. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling' -- Steve Cavanagh

'Such a pleasurable read. I laughed my arse off, and think that any fan of Richard Osman's (which I am) would love his sly wit and wry observations' -- Belinda Bauer

'What a tonic! A scrumptious mixture of wry humour, poignancy, OAP rebellion and the unexpected. I've never read a murder mystery like this one before. Should be on prescription' -- Jane Corry

'A brilliant debut - The Thursday Murder Club is a rare combination of mystery, intrigue, wisdom and humour. I loved it!' -- Alex Lake

'Clever, clever plot, great gags, Ealing comedy set-ups' -- Fiona Barton

'I knew The Thursday Murder Club would be funny, and suspected it would be whip-smart, but I didn't expect to fall so hard for the wonderful cast of characters. Bravo' -- Sarah Hilary

'A bundle of joy... Absolutely loved it' -- Jane Fallon

'What a joy! Full of brilliantly observed humour, spot-on dialogue and twists and turns aplenty. Joyce and the gang are now my favourite crime-solving team' -- Nina Stibbe

'Robert Galbraith meets Tom Sharpe. Plot driven with great characters, I'm doing actual lols on every page. I don't ever want to finish this book!' -- Philippa Perry

'Utterly charming and very, very clever. Exactly what you'd expect from Richard Osman writing a crime novel' -- Sarah Pinborough

'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' -- Val McDermid

'Diabolically clever, very funny, highly entertaining - utterly delightful. I completely fell in love with it' -- Shari Lapena

'A properly funny and totally charming murder mystery steeped in Agatha Christie joy. Also the best crime solving foursome and full of a type of Britishness that makes you smile' -- Araminta Hall

'So smart, so funny, so warm, and such a wonderful mystery. If we're lucky Richard Osman will keep these characters alive forever' -- Caroline Kepnes

'Compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' -- Harlan Coben

'A superb debut. Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny and packed with characters you will want to see a LOT more of' -- Mark Billingham

'Funny, clever and achingly British - what else would you expect from a book by Richard Osman?' -- Adam Kay

'A gripping read and rather moving' - Sunday Times

'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy' -- Marian Keyes

'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' -- Ian Rankin

'A little beacon of pleasure...SUCH FUN!' -- Kate Atkinson

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9780241988268
Publication date: 13/05/2021
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241425442
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780241991022
Publication date: 03/09/2020
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About Richard Osman

Richard Osman is a British television producer and presenter. The Thursday Murder Club is his first and, so far, best novel.

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