An instant New York Times bestseller!
The second gripping novel in the New York Times bestselling Thursday Murder Club series, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment
“It’s taken a mere two books for Richard Osman to vault into the upper leagues of crime writers… THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE. . . dives right into joyous fun."
—The New York Times Book Review
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village.
But they are out of luck.
An unexpected visitor—an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)—arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam.
Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.
Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of The Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first—an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read.
In Thriller Award finalist Osman's riveting sequel to 2020's The Thursday Murder Club, Elizabeth Best, one of four members of a crime-solving club at Coopers Chase, a retirement residence in Kent, England, receives an SOS written by a feckless secret agent from her past who's supposed to be dead. The man is at the center of a long-ago clandestine operation and the theft of a large cache of diamonds that interest MI5, the Mafia, and other parties. Soon murders occur, and Elizabeth and club pals Joyce Meadowcroft, Ron Ritchie, and Ibrahim Arif and their associates must finger the perpetrator, decipher cryptic messages, and embark on a convoluted hunt for the diamonds amid considerable danger. Complicating the case are the attack on a club member and the activities of a notorious drug trafficker wanted by the police. The twisty plot, knotty issues of relationships with life partners, and steadfast loyalty among the sleuths provide depth and poignancy. Those who prefer their mysteries with touches of spycraft, humor, and eccentricity will be well pleased.)\n
Another compelling read
I respectfully disagree with Joan Smith’s comment in The Times review that Osman does not take murder seriously and that “both novels lack the underlying moral seriousness that is an essential ingredient of the best crime fiction.” First, murder is very rarely treated with the seriousness it deserves in crime fiction or in life, so the comment is rather pretentious. Second, the focus of both novels is not the murders but the characters themselves. In a culture that dismisses the relevance of the elderly, Osman’s novels remind us that wrinkles and age do not diminish people’s complexities and humanity. The wit and humor of both novels contain a moral seriousness without being didactic. How refreshing. The worst part of reading these novels is having to accept we can’t actually go to Cooper’s Chase on a Thursday to have tea and cake with the club. The second novel does not disappoint. When is the third due to be released?
This book is so funny. I don’t remember the first one being this hilarious. Although, it was delightful. I love the characters. The mystery is fun too.
I’m ready for a whole bunch more of these books. Such fun! Fantastic cast of characters and excellent plot. Hope movie out soon. And I and me one of my pet peeves too.