The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.

But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?

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My Thoughts

I was looking for something to read that was a little different. I needed a distraction but something that didn’t require too much concentration and The Thursday Murder Club looked like just the right fit.

How can a murder investigation be described as charming, funny, warm and moving?

This one certainly is, and so much more besides.

I loved reading about the group of four friends who live in a retirement village and meet every Thursday to discuss unsolved murders. When Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibraham find themselves involved in a real-life murder on their patch there is only one thing to do, and that is find out whodunnit.

I was so intrigued by the eccentric characters in this story. We are given entries from Joyce’s diary where she gives updates on the case. However, in the typical style of an elderly lady, her brain goes off on tangents which are so authentic and utterly adorable. Elizabeth gives the police a run for their money and seems to have contacts in the most surprising places. The story highlights that elderly people may not possess physical fitness but put them together and there is nothing they can’t (and won’t do). In fact, their senior years give them a zest for life and fearlessness, unlike much younger generations.

The writing is clever and flows brilliantly with red herrings which keep you guessing and twists around every corner.

I just wish The Thursday Murder Club were real people because they would sort out the complexities of a Worldwide pandemic in no time at all!

I can’t recommend this book highly enough and can’t wait to see what comes next.


Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club is his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.
Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

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