The Man Who Died Twice
Brought to you by Penguin.
THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE RECORD-BREAKING, MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY RICHARD OSMAN.
Narrated by Lesley Manville, soon-to-be star of The Crown, and featuring an exclusive interview between Richard Osman and Lesley Manville.
It's the following Thursday.
Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.
As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus?
But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians.
Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?
Winner of the CrimeFest Audible Sounds of Crime: Best Audiobook 2022
© Richard Osman 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Big-brained British TV presenter and comedian Richard Osman’s debut, The Thursday Murder Club, became a surprise runaway 2020 success. Now comes the sequel, surely destined to do just as well. We rejoin septuagenarian amateur sleuths Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron at their “luxury retirement village” the following Thursday. A letter from a former colleague throws the gang into a deadly caper involving stolen diamonds and a ruthless gangster. As the corpses pile up, can our unorthodox crime-crackers catch a killer and pocket the jewels in the process? It’s a perky thriller which pulls you in and keeps you gripped, lent extra pace by its changing points of view and ingenious twisting plot. Narrator Lesley Manville is a delight to listen to—she brings each character to life with unique tones, accents and energy, making this as theatrical to hear as it is to read. It's a quintessentially British whodunnit, all tea, cake and politeness until it bares its teeth. Steven Spielberg has snapped up the film rights and frankly you can see why. Osman’s vivid fictional universe has sly wit and irresistible charm. It’s also a wise warning to never underestimate the elderly.
Loved every minute of it!
I loved the first book, it was quirky and interesting with characters that each had their own charm but, above all, it was believable. This book is just stupidly preposterous with huge disregard for police, forensic and intelligence service norms, it constantly had me thinking ‘that could never happen’. Added to this many of the characters have descended to stereotypes- the near superhuman Polish muscleman who manages to hospitalise three SBS men with his bare hand among other ridiculous feats, the desperate for a man female cop and the similarly desperate old lady Joyce. Not sure I’d buy the third book.