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….
by Richard Osman
Series: Thursday Murder Club #3
Narrator: Fiona Shaw
Length: 11 hours and 16 minutes
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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?
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!The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman delivered a delightful and clever story. I loved being back with the Thursday Murder Club. #Mystery#audiobookreview #FionaShaw #NewRelease Click To Tweet
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