The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

November 9th, 2020 Kimberly Review 23 Comments

9th Nov
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
The Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman
Series: Thursday Murder Club #1
Narrator: Lesley Manville
Length: 12 hours and 24 minutes
Genres: Mystery
Source: Publisher
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.4x

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?

Book Series CRIME MURDERMYSTERY well written

Come to Cooper Chase retirement village where every Thursday residences; Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron come together in the jigsaw room to solve cold cases that is until they find a fresh one.

British television presenter and producer Richard Osman wrote The Thursday Murder Club. He delivered a murder mystery that will delight cozy and crime readers alike.

Narrated by Lesley Manville, whose lyrical voice pulled me in from the opening scenes. The story begins when we meet newcomer and former nurse Joyce. She receives an invitation to join the Murder Club from retired DCI Elizabeth. Elizabeth provides the cold cases from her time in the field. It was fascinating seeing them go over files, hunt down leads, and call in favors.

From time to time, the group invite speakers to talk to the group from forensic scientist to the local police department. This is how they come to know PC Donna De Freitas, who is there to talk about scammers, locked windows and emails. She is taken by surprise when the group wants to talk about actual cases.

I loved the humor and diverse dynamics of the club. As we got to know them, the community and surrounds I began to feel like one of the group. Things heat up when the owner of their retirement development is found dead in his home with an old photo pinned to his chest.

This story was charming, and while it had a cozy vibe with its amateur sleuths and idyllic setting, things became more serious in tone when another murder occurs and they find human remains.

I must admit I became caught up in their lives and the investigation. PC Donna I think was taken aback by their investigative skills. Elizabeth was rather clever. The principal characters were quirky, unique and appealing.

Lesley Manville’s narration was delightful. I will continue this series on audio. Her voice and pacing enhanced an already charming tale, giving the characters’ voices that suited their personalities and amplifying the atmospheric and suspenseful undertones.

If you are looking for a murder-mystery with all the charm of a cozy and the bite of a crime thriller, grab The Thursday Murder Club.

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23 Responses to “The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman”

  1. Jen

    This sounds right up my ally and I don’t have a cozy-esque audiobook on the TBR right now. It reminds me of the Cleo Mack Mysteries (narrated by Karen White). It takes place at a retirement community. I really enjoy that series for the same reasons you liked this one.

  2. Rachel

    I just started this audio book today so I’ll come back to your thoughts when I finish, but so far it’s been a hoot! I’ve laughed so many times! Glad to see your 4.5 stars. 🙂