Wednesday 16 September 2020

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Never ever underestimate the mature generation, because they have tricks up their sleeves, that you wouldn't believe. 

Set in a luxurious retirement home, four septuagenarians head full steam into solving not just one murder but three, way ahead of the police. 

I was a bit skeptical about reading a book by a celebrity as I have been caught out before by the quality of the plot, however this book was utterly brilliant. The best celebrity book I've ever read. It was extremely funny and sad at the same time as well as being an unputdownable thriller. There were red herrings all over the place. I didn't see the murderers for any of the victims. 

The characters were a bit cliched but it suited their personalities and I felt the author got them spot on. Elizabeth, who leads this merry tribe of investigators, is a blended mixture of Miss Marple, Vera and Hetty Wainthropp and definitely one of my favourites. I quickly fell in love with Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim too. When I reach retirement age, I want to live in a place like this. 

The chapters are short, sharp and page turning. I really enjoyed reading Joyce's diary. This has all the hall marks of a cosy mystery but it was so lovely to see the older generation taking control. 

If you ever watched and loved the BBC series, New Tricks, you will certainly enjoy this. I really hope this gets picked up by a production company and made into a TV series. I honestly can't wait for book 2!

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