The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – Review

Published: September 22, 2020

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Series: Thursday Murder Club #1

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 377 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 4.5/5.0


Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to…
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. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

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?

I’ve gotten super behind on my non-ARC book reviews, so it’s been at least a month since I actually finished The Thursday Murder Club. Despite that, I still think about the delightful (mostly) elderly cast of characters and their desire for adventure and meaning in their later years. Fortunately for me, there is a second book coming out in September 2021 so I can pick up with the club’s adventure a mere week after their last one ended. 

The story starts off by introducing us to The Thursday Murder Club – a group of four folks from all different backgrounds living in a quiet retirement community. You would think a retirement community would be a quiet place, but in this case you would be wrong. You see, the developer intends to expand the community and get rid of his business partner so he can make maximum profits but not everyone is happy about this. When the business partner is murdered in his own home with a picture next to him all fingers immediately point towards the lead developer (who’s name I’ve forgotten) and the people in the picture found next to him. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron promptly get involved (mostly because they saw the developers having an argument before the one guy was killed).

This murder mystery has a surprising number of twists and turns and certainly didn’t resolve the way I expected it to. Props to the author for keeping me guessing, giving some excellent false leads, and ultimately resolving it in a way that was surprising but not completely out of left field! I hate the ones where some unknown character that was featured in one scene was the murderer all along and there’s no way anyone could have guessed. That’s absolutely no fun! Mystery aside, the real gems here are the characters. The delightful elderly cast come from a broad range of backgrounds, they’ve all suffered losses, and they are determined to live life to the fullest. They are inspirational and that Elizabeth.. Well she’s a mystery to be sure! 

The Thursday Murder Club brightened up some rather dull, rainy spring days and made a couple long travel days into something to look forward to, since that’s when I get most of my audiobook time in! I’ve recommended this to a few of my real life friends and family and definitely recommend it to all you lovely folks reading my blog. It was fun and had an overall wholesome atmosphere to it, despite some of the darker content. It’s also a bit deeper than what it seems at first, with some great character analysis/inner thought stuff going on.

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