The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman #thethursdaymurderclub

I’m a little bit excited about posting my review today as I finally get to tell you all about one of my most anticipated reads of 2020! Yes it’s my turn on The Thursday Murder Club blog tour!


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?

The Thursday Murder Club is made up of four friends from a retirement village in Kent who get together every Thursday (ofcourse!) to discuss cold murder cases. But when a murder takes place practically on their own doorstep, they are thrilled to be able to put their detective skills to the test on a case much closer to home! These are no ordinary pensioners but a group of savvy and intelligent detectives who will rest at nothing to solve the crime.

If this is what retirement plans to bring to The Grumpy Scotsman and I then bring it on! Keeping a healthy mind is an important part of growing old but problem solving is usually confined to the odd sudoku or crossword whereas Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Don have taken brain maintenance to another level here! I was completely engaged by their activities and Richard Osman brought their energy alive perfectly with his sharply insightful and twisty narrative, delivered with his trademark dry sense of humour. This is a cleverly put together book that uses a unique angle to bring brilliant character creations together to solve a “not so cosy” mystery. I could almost hear Richard Osman narrating the story in my head as I read it which was an added bonus for me and meant I actually read it a lot slower than I had planned to!

The Thursday Murder Club is an intelligently written, gripping debut novel with characters that you will miss as soon as you reach the last page. So thankfully I found out that there is a “The Thursday Murder Club 2” on the way next year! And another thing…if this isn’t made into a tv series (ideal for that Sunday evening drama slot on BBC1) then I will eat my hardback copy! This book is highly deserving of all the hype and publicity it’s getting so grab your copy now!

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.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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