Preview Reviews: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Preview Reviews: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Four unlikely friends A shocking murder Welcome to The Thursday Murder Club

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?

Read our Preview reviewer thoughts here:

A delightful, easy read about four sprightly senior citizens (Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron) who are pushing eighty. They still have their wits about them and probably could outthink people half their age. A ‘whodunnit’. I think if you loved The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Johanna Nell as I did, you will love this. Mr Osman: I’m now a fan and look forward to the next instalment! Buy it, share it, discuss it, one of the most wonderful reads of 2020 so far! Better Reading, I don’t know how you’ll top this one. – Rodney, NSW, 5 Stars

The Thursday Murder Club is a book that I was both excited to read and dreaded picking up, simply because I didn’t want it to end. A well-rounded character-driven murder mystery that was charmingly British and thoroughly enjoyable. Plenty of red herrings and a clever plot that would delight any mystery fan. The story focuses on a lively group of septuagenarians in a retirement village who meet once a week to investigate unsolved murders when one happens right on their doorstep. These wonderful characters were full of surprises and often had me snorting, chuckling and laughing out loud while I was cheering them on. There are few mysteries that can keep me guessing right to the end and this was one of them. I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment of The Thursday Murder Club and can’t wait to keep up with this unlikely group of friends and see what they get up to next. I adored this book and it’s one of my favourites for the year. – Nerida, VIC, 5 Stars

The Thursday Murder Club is a great read. It is clever, witty but has moments of sadness and also a little romance. It’s intriguing with an interesting diverse plot. The characters are believable, could be your next-door neighbour or a relative all having secrets of their own but all contributing to the story. The plot has many twists and turns, the ending not being what l expected. Looking forward to Thursday Murder Club 2. – Julie, NSW, 5 Stars  

It is about a group of people that live at a nursing home. And every Thursday they get together. To solve unsolved murders. I found the book very interesting and would recommend it to family and friends. Never knew what was going to happen. – Suzana, NSW, 5 Stars

A charming, funny, highly entertaining murder mystery, set in the quirky retirement village of Coopers Chase. The characters draw you into their lives, welcome you with compassion and a cup of tea and you leave with a better insight into their world and a smile on your face. Infused with a dry wit and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end it was a thoroughly enjoyable read which certainly had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. I didn’t want it to end and can’t wait until the next edition. – Margaret, QLD, 5 Stars

What a fun read – full of quirky characters, you just can’t help but read this book with a smile on your face, which in these gloomy times is such a joy. Imagine it, a group of “oldies” in a retirement village, and two police officers – both groups determined to solve a series of murders first – you can only imagine the totally different directions they take in their quest. Lots of laugh out loud moments, the characters are so alive that I’m sure I’d recognize them if I met them down the street. For a debut novel, Richard Osman has hit the mark – I can’t wait for the promised book two to be released. – Jane, NSW, 5 Stars

What a great read! So clever and funny, with characters I could really visualise and relate to. I especially loved Joyce’s diary entries. This is a book to enjoy on many levels – from crime thriller to ‘expose’ of gentle (genteel?) life in a British retirement village. The dialogue is brilliant – it captures the characters perfectly. This is a sit-down and read in one hit book. I loved it. – Victoria, NSW, 5 Stars

Thank you better reading for an advanced copy of Richard Osman’s novel The Thursday Murder Club for my honest review. 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. This book was so clever and funny I couldn’t put it down. Picture a group of oldies all with a lifetime of resources and experience working to the annoyance of the two police detectives on the case, to solve this & several cold cases & here you have Richard Oman’s fist novel that is not only a thrilling mystery but also compassionate with a number of seriously laugh out loud moments. I completely & honestly recommend this book I fell in love with it & its characters. – Penne, NSW, 5 Stars

This book was absolutely charming! It’s so refreshing to have the antagonists as seemingly cliche grandparents but to learn just underneath that facade that they are mischievous and quick-witted individuals with a strong drive to keep their grey matter alive and what better way than to get themselves involved in solving a murder or two! I breezed through this novel and at times felt teary-eyed as I reminisced about how my own grandparents were once young, wild and spontaneous. This is a beautifully well-written book and any reader who enjoys England, crime and grandparents will surely love this book too! I was very delighted to see that there is a Thursday Murder Club 2 and I cannot wait to continue on their adventures and see what they get up to next! – Mercury, NSW, 5 Stars

Richard Osman’s debut novel revolves around four friends in their near eighties living in Coopers Chase retirement village. Once a week they meet up for The Thursday Murder Club and investigate past murders. But this time a real-life murder takes place for them to investigate. Through storytelling and diary entries Osmans’ novel is full of intrigue, mystery, murder and cleverly thrown in wit for a bit of fun. Very entertaining, funny, heartwarming and thrilling, laced with mystery, Osmans’ novel keeps you guessing to the end. – Arrisarne, VIC, 5 Stars

It all starts in a lovely over 55’s complex, on 12 acres, on a beautiful open hillside. This was originally an old converted convent and has everything you could ask for. Our characters are four on the tenants, each with their own special skills, and they have formed their Thursday Murder Club. The lead character is Elizabeth. In the group they try and solve old murder cases till one real murder actually happens. As they are trying to solve it, another happens and the four are firing on all guns to try and solve who the killer was. There are a lot of twists and turns and once you think you know who it is, another twist occurs. They really keep you guessing till the end. I enjoyed this book and the characters in it. – Sue, NSW, 5 Stars

I enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club. It’s a decent mystery, it’s genuinely witty in places. There are also diary entries from Joyce, a member of the Club, who has a delightful and convincing voice throughout the story. The story is of a group of four friends who live in a retirement village have weekly meetings to discuss unsolved crimes. They call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. The crimes are old unsolved crimes that have left the police baffled but 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. – Samantha, QLD, 5 Stars

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel Richard Osman, funny warm compassionate excellent writing would recommend this book to. – Gavin, NSW, 5 Stars

Richard Osman’s debut novel is a charming, heartwarming, delightful and often funny mystery composed of diversely interesting characters ranging from curious senior citizens and migrant tradies to police officers suffering social problems or boredom. It’s a romp through a decommissioned convent converted into an upmarket retirement village, nestled in idyllic English countryside. The characters are likable, quirky and intriguing, particularly the shrewd Elizabeth, who has a mysterious past. The storyline is so complex and peppered with so many secrets and unexpected twists that at times I found myself suspecting almost all the members of the Thursday Murder Club. Although it’s a murder mystery, there are moments of humour and at one point I found myself laughing out loud. I love that the author’s lead characters are senior citizens in their 70’s and ’80s, talented, yet still with the ability to achieve. The dual approach of narrative and diary works beautifully. Joyce’s observations are wonderfully constructed and timed. Her cooking sounds tasty too. The book’s just that little bit different. I loved it. If there’s a sequel will certainly read it. – Nell, NSW, 5 Stars

I must admit that I am a bit of a Richard Osman fan. Living in Australia with English parents and I married a Brit as well, we watch alot of British TV. He is a very clever and funny man, so when I heard that he was writing a fiction novel I was super keen to read it. The Thursday Murder Club was a charming and funny story that I spent my weekend engrossed in. It is not a full-on crime fiction novel, it is a sweet murder mystery that will keep you guessing and have you falling in love with the quirky characters. It will appeal to all sorts of readers and I look forward to the second book in the series already. The residents of an exclusive retirement village in the Kent area of England are not giving up on life. In fact, they are having the times of their lives. Joyce, Elizabeth, Ron and Ibrahim have formed their own club, the Thursday Murder Club, where they look into old cases (a former member worked in the police and took the fires with her when she retired!) Over tea and cake, they look for clues to try to solve these cases. But when there is a murder in the village just you try and stop them from investigating! Even better when a second case comes along, and they discover links to the past. Will they crack the case? These characters are so much fun! They love being older and use it to their advantage. They get away with things that others might not necessarily even think of. Elizabeth is like a dog with a bone and will stop at nothing to get the facts. Joyce writes herself a diary each day and through this we learn alot more about her friends and their antics. I loved this book and hope that many many people will find some joy in reading it. Thank you to Penguin Books Australia and Better Reading for my advanced copy. – Mandy, NSW, 5 Stars

In Kent, in a quaint retirement village called Coopers Chase, four elderly residents meet up every Thursday to solve cold cases as a way to keep busy. That is until a real-life murder occurs on their doorstep. You generally wouldn’t classify a murder mystery as fun, but this is exactly what The Thursday Murder Club is. Elizabeth, Ron, Ibrahim and Joyce come from totally different walks of life, but together they make an entertaining and efficient quartet, using their life skills and devilish charm and wit to gather the information they need to solve the case, even cheekily bargaining with the local police. Just when you think you have the murder solved, the book propels you in a whole new direction with cleverly placed red herrings. While this book is entertaining and light, there is a slight melancholy side to it, touching on love, loss, regret and the very real fear and realization that Elizabeth, Ron, Ibrahim and Joyce feel at almost being at the end of their road. Steeped in classic British humour, this is one book that you want to settle down with and pair with a cuppa! – Christine, VIC, 5 Stars

The Thursday Murder Club is a witty and delightful murder mystery. It will keep you guessing and with some quirky characters and is full of humour and fun. Four residents of Coopers Chase, a peaceful retirement village in Kent- Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Joyce and Ron meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings – Thursday Murder Club. Still, it all seems like fun and games until the builder of their retirement development Tony Curran is found bludgeoned to death dead in his house with an old photo pinned to his corpse. A fresh murder right on their patch and the Thursday Murder Club wants in. They might be pushing eighthly, but hey have a few tricks up their sleeves. 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 the homicide case so that they can get access to the investigation. Can the brilliant gang catch the killer before it is too late, and more bodies turn up? Mystery fans will love this read this book, I certainly loved the characters of the Thursday Murder Club! – Teresa, VIC, 5 Stars

The characters were certainly brought to life by Osman. Borderline comical some of the antics the group of Octogenerians got up to. Full of suspense and intrigue. Enjoyed it from the first page. Another excellent read. – Annette, NSW, 5 Stars

Well if I end up in a retirement village that doesn’t run a murder club, I’ll be very disappointed! The Thursday Murder Club is a fun and witty story with a character line-up you wouldn’t normally expect in a murder mystery. Each Thursday, a very select group of retirees gather together to solve cold case murders. Their current case falls a little close to home. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the twists and turns it took. The carefully laid plot has your inner detective working overtime, all possibilities seem plausible, yet the outcome took me by surprise. The first person perspective we gain from Joyce’s diary pages, adds a layer of depth, personality and insight to the third person narrative that I found myself looking forward to. I was delighted to discover that this book is the first in a series because honestly, I wasn’t ready to be done with these cheeky, delightful and oh so mysterious retirees. – Michelle, NSW, 5 Stars

Despite the excellent premise, I was still surprised by how delightful I found this book! The Thursday Murder Club are a group of eclectic seniors who meet to investigate cold cases in the Jigsaw Room of their retirement village, at least until a murder occurs right on their doorstep that needs solving. I loved how competent these quirky characters were, and even though the plot is unpredictable, there’s a warm familiarity to the story. Osman makes these characters feel like old friends long before you get to know their backgrounds like you must have met them before but you just need to get reacquainted. The murder plot is expertly crafted, and with the change in perspectives, you are able to put the pieces together even when characters aren’t on the same page. Consider this book for anyone who likes cozy mysteries, quirky ensemble casts, movies like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or The Love Punch, or simply the reminder that seniors don’t stop being interesting and talented after age 70. Funny, competent and very interesting, I’ve already compiled a list of people I want to give this to as a gift. – Kia, NSW, 5 Stars

What a surprise this book was! After a “slow-ish” start, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not my usual genre but totally entertaining and interesting. The elderly residents of the retirement village give everyone a run for their money and keep the interest going till the very last page. A gentle but absorbing read that I thoroughly recommend! – Jenny, VIC, 5 Stars

What an exciting debut novel, with a wonderful prospect for future texts. I was enamoured by the characters and had to stop myself from laughing out loud at times. At various stages, I was reminded of a Robert Galbraith novel, but at other times it felt very similar to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. As such, Richard Osman’s novel offers such a wide scope for a variety of different audiences to enjoy. – Angie, NSW, 4 Stars

The characters in the Thursday Murder Club are hilarious caricatures of people you’d expect to find in a retirement community, navigating their way through older age, new technology and changing relationships. To pass the time, they meet in the Jigsaw Room and discuss cold cases, until a real-life murder happens right on the doorstep of their community. Teaming up with an ambitious young police officer keen to be involved in investigating a case rather than serving coffees, and tapping into their connections, the Club pieces together clues and potential motives, trying to stay one step ahead of police even if they do step on a few toes along the way! This book is full of red herrings and takes a long time for the real murderer to be revealed. Along the way, a sub-plot about the redevelopment of land around the retirement village provides more depth to an otherwise very light-hearted, entertaining read. – Laura, NSW, 4 Stars

A great concept of friends coming together and are drawn into their own real-life murder mystery. I loved the characters and the storyline and will be recommending to family & friends. – Kim, NSW, 4 Stars

This book has it all, witty, full of twists and turns with a plot so mysterious it will keep you guessing right to the final chapters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, with well-developed characters full of charm and funny one-liners. – Jennise, VIC, 4 Stars

A crime debut with humour, mystery and a loving story. I loved the older characters’ humour, wit and spunkiness! A mystery that will have you guessing who done it until the very last page. If you like crime but sometimes not the heavy stuff this is the perfect book for you! – Jessica, QLD, 4 Stars

The end comes for The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman) by acts of confession rather than by deeds of detection, but from the start, the journey is filled with interest and detail. The plot rambles – just as you would expect if you were to take a walk with any of the members of the Thursday Murder Club. The success of the book is not so much in its plot – as beguiling as that might be – but in its characters, whose mental agility, attention to detail and ability to be sidetracked is just as could be expected in any club, in any retirement village, anywhere in the English countryside. Because…. the characters are, essentially, English: whimsical, reflective, vulnerable, comical at times, but always lovable and relatable. That, I think, is the secret of Osman’s success. We know from British television that Richard Osman is a dry and quick-witted entertainer. He’s taken that skill to the publisher with his first book – a runaway success, with the promise of more of the same to come… 4 stars, and rising. – Warren, NSW, 4 Stars

Having never heard of Richard Osman I was unsure what to expect with this book. It is definitely not a typical murder mystery – no real blood and gore here. I found it to be a real comfort read. The four main characters who all live in a retirement village are in a ‘murder club’ where they all get together once a week to solve mysteries. When an actual murder happens right under their noses they can’t believe it. This retirement home is filled with some fabulous people – each character brings their specific skillset to the table and have their own secrets and quirks but they work well together, collecting clues and launching some questionable investigations of their own, all while staying one step ahead of the police. Although they are all in their 70’s and 80’s most of them are still as sharp as a tack. Very British, at times hilarious and sometimes sad, this is a moving story – when I retire I want to live in Coopers Chase Retirement Village. Read with a cup of tea. – Debra, NSW, 4 Stars

Thanks to Better Reading for a review copy of this highly amusing book! I could really relate to the characters and in my mind I was choosing the actors and actresses who would play the roles in a TV series or movie made from this tale. That’s how real this book was for me. I can picture the countryside and the retirement village where the story is set. The gang of retirees who set out to solve a murder or two, assist the local police DCi Chris Hudson and his ‘shadow’ PC Donna De Freitas, in their efforts to catch a killer. If you are a fan of Father Brown, New Tricks or Rosemary and Thyme you will enjoy the style of investigation and humour of this murder mystery. There are lots of twists on the trail to whodunnit in this page-turner. I can’t wait for Book 2 to continue the journey. – Karan, VIC, 4 Stars

With The Thursday Murder Club set in a retirement village, I had wondered how easily I would identify with the characters in the book. I need not have worried. From investigative super sleuth Elizabeth, whose job before her retirement remains a tantalising mystery, to Joyce who continually flies under the radar, there are plenty of great characters to keep you entertained – plus police officer, Donna, who attempts to keep them on the straight and narrow. And they certainly have no shortage of mysteries to solve! The Thursday Murder Club has some of the elements that fans of Agatha Christie or Midsomer Murders will love – though with plenty of comedy rolled in. I can’t wait to see what the Thursday Murder Club will uncover next. – Katie, NSW, 4 Stars

An amusing read, enjoyed reading this book. This book is about a murder mystery that is solved with the help of the residents of a retirement village. It certainly kept you interested and wanting to read more plus a few laughs in there. It did remind me a bit of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I would definitely recommend reading this book and look forward to reading the next book to follow. – Virginia, NSW, 3 Stars

An enjoyable book showing no matter what age everyone contributes in their own way, in their own community and the wider community of connections. Also that we all have our own circumstances and stories to tell that can shape the future of our lives. The narrative connects/talks to the reader by suggestion at certain points in the book, a character performs an action e.g but you mustn’t read anything into that. – Danielle, VIC, 3 Stars

Thank you for the chance to read this book The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. I’m sorry to say I couldn’t get into it. This book was not making any sense to me. It continually jumped from one thing to another and I was left completely frustrated by it. I was so looking forward to reading this and am bitterly disappointed. – Jodie, NSW, 1 Star


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            Publisher details

            The Thursday Murder Club
            Richard Osman
            Crime Fiction, Fiction
            15 April, 2021


            Four unlikely friends

            A shocking murder

            Welcome to The Thursday Murder Club

            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?

            Richard Osman
            About the author

            Richard Osman

            Richard Osman is a creative director for Endemol UK. He has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats and 10 O'Clock Live. Richard rose to fame presenting Pointless with Alexander Armstrong. Richard's popularity and tremendous knowledge of trivia led to him presenting his own BBC quiz,Two Tribes along with Insert NameHere, Child Genius and Richard Osman's House of Games. He is also a regular on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and writes a column for the Radio Times.

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