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Mystery | The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman

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We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.

Book cover for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman is published by Penguin and available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.

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

But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

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?


Wow what a story – loved everything about The Thursday Murder Club. So much so, I couldn’t put it down!

Elizabeth (an ex-spy/secret service official), Ron (ex unionist once known as ‘Red Ron’), Ibrahim (ex psychiatrist) and Joyce (ex nurse), all live in a retirement village in Kent and are all in their seventies or eighties. Every Thursday they meet and try to solve old cold cases and create the Thursday Murder Club. When a local property developer is murdered, the group become involved in solving an actual real murder, and they combine their talents with two police officers, Donna and Chris, in trying to solve it, with hilarious consequences. 

A lot of the story is written in the form of diary entries by Joyce which I found hilarious! In fact, all the characters were interesting and had some really amusing quirks and mannerisms. The author’s use of humour as well as his obvious intelligence made this so enjoyable to read.

I was lost in the world at the retirement village and was eager to see how the mystery would be solved. There were many twists and turns along the way (some which were really complicated – but I loved them nonetheless).

Bogdan was my favourite character, along with Elizabeth but actually all of them were lovable (apart from Tony and Ian Ventham). 

I found the way the author portrayed the fact that life doesn’t have to get dull in your twilight years really wonderful. In fact for some of the residents at the retirement village life has really just begun. There were moments in the book that were written with real sensitivity and I had a tear in my eye at one point. 

I feel it would make a fantastic tv show, the descriptions are rich and detailed and the characters are depicted with so much depth that I can clearly see them come alive in a tv series. I’d definitely watch it! 

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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. Twitter @richardosman


I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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