🎧 The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

October 3rd, 2022 Kimberly Review 27 Comments

3rd Oct

Narrated by Fiona Shaw, The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman is the third audiobook in the Thursday Murder Club. We are back at the Cooper Chase Retirement Center in Kent with Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron investigate two murders, and Elizabeth finds herself in trouble….

🎧 The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman
The Bullet That Missed
by Richard Osman
Series: Thursday Murder Club #3
Narrator: Fiona Shaw
Length: 11 hours and 16 minutes
Genres: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.3x

It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.

To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed...

While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?

friends MURDERMYSTERY refreshing well written

With book three, we saw a change in narration. Lesley Manville narrated the first two and while I was initially worried and it took me some time to adjust, particularly to the voice of Joyce, Fiona Shaw ended up doing a fine job. She is more breathy than Lesley, but speeding up the narration to 1.3x and upping the volume at a notch, did the trick.

I absolutely love this series and while each book deals with a murder-mystery, I recommend listening in order as we get to know our four main characters, seniors; Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron. You’ll get to know their backgrounds, personalities, and day-to-day problems. I admit to enjoying them all. Elizabeth can be tenacious, as her background suggests. Joyce cracks me up. Ron is in a new relationship, and Ibrahim is slowly recovering from events in the previous book.

The cold case involves the murder of a journalist that they believe got too close to uncover a theft. It was an interesting case from retracing her steps to interviews. In the meantime, Elizabeth along with Stephen find themselves kidnapped. The kidnapper is demanding the Elizabeth kill someone and is threatening to kill Joyce if she doesn’t. The twists and turns kept me listening into the wee hours.

Well paced, humorous and realistic Osmen has me smitten. These characters are brilliant and at I feel as if I am a full-fledged member of the Thursday Murder Club. The story is told from alternating points of views all from the four members and it was splendidly done. Not only did it allow for several threads, it gave us a more personal knowledge of each character.

These four end up getting themselves into some pretty precarious situations. Somehow, maybe because of their age (they don’t seem like a threat) they get themselves out unscathed. It keeps the listener on the edge. More than once I found myself saying, “Oh, no, she didn’t…”

Fans of unique, clever, and loveable characters who enjoy an engaging murder-mystery need to grab the audiobooks/books and discover the Thursday Murder Club for themselves.

Brilliant. I cannot wait for the next one!

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About Richard Osman

Richard Osman

Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club is his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.

About Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw CBE is an Irish film and theatre actress. She is known for her roles as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter film series, Marnie Stonebrook in the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood, and Carolyn Martens in the BBC series Killing Eve.

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27 Responses to “🎧 The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman”

  1. Brandy

    I will try that trick for the narration. I honestly don’t like Fiona Shaw as the narrator of the books and was REALLY REALLY hoping that Lesley Manville (who I love in Magpie Murders) is going to be the narrator for this upcoming one also. 😞 Will try speeding Fiona’s voice up,; but for me I don’t like it when a character’s voice completely changes. You have become used to this character’s voice and now this new person comes in and messes everything up. I liked book #3 but not nearly as much as the first 2. If this Fiona Shaw continues for the next book (if there is one) then I will just buy the hardcover. I don’t like her voice.

    • Kimberly

      I feel the same. If I read a book in a series, I usually continue reading because I create voices in my head. And you are right, they become the characters, so switching narrators is always a letdown.

  2. Jan Schlicht

    I have an odd question about this book. There is an author interview at the end of the audio book, and mention is made to a scene where there is a knock at the door which references a particular British commercial. What is that commercial? I completely missed the reference because I don’t live in the UK, and it sounds like it is pretty amusing.

    • Kimberly

      You are not alone. I am American but I Googled “British commercial knocking on door” and found 2 on Youtube Tine Christmas and Neighbours. Not sure if these are it, but they were both hilarious.

  3. Kara

    I love Fiona Shaw, but I agree that it was an adjustment after Lesley Manville, whose narration I absolutely love. The Bullet That Missed was excellent, but I do miss Lesley!

  4. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    I love this series, but was rejected for the ARC. Still, I bought a hardcopy for my shelf. Just waiting for the library audio copy to read. Glad to see you loved it, Kimberly!

  5. sjhigbee

    A lovely review, Kimberly. I’m particularly interested in this one, as I’ve promised myself the audio version as a pressie to myself! I know and like Fiona Shaw’s narration – but thank you for the heads-up of the change of narrator, as it can be jarring. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this one:)).

  6. Sophie

    I so want to listen to these books! It’s just sad that the first one is not available in my country. Honestly sometimes audiobooks are a pain for foreign readers! And I don’t understand why we can’t listen to some of them as there is no problem to buy the physical copies…

    • Kimberly

      That is a bummer. I am not sure how, but a lot my bookish friends have US and UK Audible accounts to avoid that pesky problem. Don’t the stories originate from your side of the pond though?

  7. Katherine

    I read and really enjoyed the first book in the series and am so excited to continue with it. This sounds fantastic. I’m so glad the narrator changed worked out okay. That’s always a bit nerve wracking!