A New York Times bestseller | Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment
“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal
“Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.” —Parade
Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.
When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This wonderful cozy mystery is set in a posh retirement village where the popular activities include Pilates, bridge…and hunting down killers. Meet the Thursday Murder Club—Elizabeth, Ron, Ibrahim, and Joyce—a witty group of seniors who pass their days boozing and discussing cold cases. But when bodies start turning up in their idyllic corner of the English countryside, the club must draw on their immense true-crime knowledge to solve a mystery with much more immediate consequences. In his debut novel, comedian and TV presenter Richard Osman cleverly dips in and out of each character’s inner monologue, giving us insights into their experiences with love, loyalty, and loss—and revealing enticing clues about the murders. We loved the classic setup of this whodunit, in which everyone is a suspect and no secret can stay hidden forever. Packed full of geriatric charm and snarky humor, The Thursday Murder Club keeps you guessing and laughing.
British TV celebrity Osman mixes mirth and murder in his exceptional debut, a series launch featuring the four members of the Thursday Murder Club, residents of the Coopers Chase Retirement Village in Kent. Despite their different backgrounds, Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Joyce, and Ron share an interest in solving mysteries. When 26-year-old Donna De Freitas, a police constable who dreams of pursuing serial killers, visits the home to talk to the pensioners about "Practical Tips for Home Security," the club members arrange for Donna to be assigned to a homicide case they have a connection to by manipulating her boss, so that they can get access to the investigation through a grateful Donna. That way they can take a crack at solving the bludgeoning murder of drug dealer Tony Curran, who operated a building business as a front, and whose killer left a photo of three men, one of whom is Ron's son, near Curran's corpse. They use their individual talents, including Joyce's gift for gathering information unobtrusively, and Ibrahim's medical knowledge, which enables him to narrow the timing of a second, related killing. Osman's witty prose (labor activist Ron's "picture was rarely in the papers without the caption Talks between the two sides collapsed late last night'") is a highlight. Fans of Lynne Truss's Constable Twitten mysteries will be tickled.
Cozy Murder Mystery
Great book, easy to digest chapters, and a fantastic array of characters. The only reason why its not five stars is because I felt too comfortable with the cast and honestly lost interest in who the murderer was. Great overall!
The novel develops several characters in great detail, and gives them rich personalities. These characterizations are, for me, a greater strength than the story line. The book was altogether entertaining.
These characters are so lovable and so beautifully developed. This book was a joy.