Book Reviews

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Usually, when a book gets super hyped, it’s almost guaranteed that I avoid it at all costs. I’ve been burned too many times. That’s what I thought would happen with The Thursday Murder Club since everyone at book club was raving about it.

The Story

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?

My Thoughts

I bought The Thursday Murder Club at the end of 2022 when I was making up for lost time of NOT buying books. It sat on my shelf for quite a while because I was avoiding it. I’m kind of mad that I did.

Truthfully, this book was a delight. Was it groundbreaking in any way? No. However, it was just so endearing! I mean, a group of people in essentially a retirement community that get together to solve crime. How stinking cute is that?! I mean, just imagine your grandma or grandpa (or greats or parents depending on your age) just casually solving crime in the countryside. It was the best part of your favorite type of mystery or thriller, but a lot softer. It was a nice palate cleanser while still being in one of my more normal genres.

There was relationship building without it being overly romantic too. I appreciated that Richard Osman really leaned into platonic friendships, even amongst all the characters. It’s not necessarily something that you see too often, at least not the way he did it. It’s one of those things you don’t realize books are missing until you read something that has it.

Also, have I mentioned that this is now a SERIES?! Book series, I mean. There are two books available now with two more coming out later this year (links to buy below)! I cannot wait to read more of them.

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