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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Reconnecting with an old colleague is more perilous than it sounds for the amateur detectives in British comedian Richard Osman’s cozy Thursday Murder Club mystery series. (The first book is great, but you don’t need to have read it to enjoy this follow-up.) True-crime-loving friends Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim land in the middle of a dangerous case when Elizabeth receives an unexpected letter from a man Elizabeth worked with years ago at MI5—who’s supposed to be long dead. Before you can say “afternoon tea,” the club are knee deep in a riveting investigation involving 20 million pounds’ worth of diamonds freshly stolen from the Mafia. We were caught up in the excitement as the septuagenarians venture into the British underworld; Osman’s witty asides and sarcastic dialogue keep the mood buoyant and fun. Part murder mystery, part spy thriller, The Man Who Died Twice is a jolly good time.
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.)
I just love this series. I adore the characters, laugh at the funny asides and it’s so sweet. The tattoo really got me 🥲. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.
Like revisiting old friends. I love these “characters”! Delightful, if improbable, plot. I can’t wait for the next one!
A perfect summer mystery read. I laughed out loud, while still solving along and eager for each page turn. I am grateful to these characters for being both easy to know and love, and for being so truthful about age, and fear, and life. There is dignity here; also, a witty and worthy mystery.