The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – Review

Published: September 28, 2021

Publisher Pamela Dorman Books

Series: Thursday Murder Club #2

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 368 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Synopsis:
It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?


I find myself pleasantly surprised that The Man Who Died Twice (despite the ominous name) was just as delightful as The Thursday Murder Club (also somewhat ominous, or at least eyebrow raising). Who would have thought that a book series about an eclectic group of elderly folks solving murders would be such an absolute hit! Our elderly folks don’t get much of a break either, seeing as how this picks up not terribly long after the events of the first book.

It starts off with Elizabeth receiving a mysterious note and then meeting up with her ex-husband Douglas who is still a spy. A good ol’ James Bond type, still a flirt in his twilight years, and still up to his same old tricks. He’s got a bit of a situation because he stole several million pounds worth of diamonds from a fellow who’s essentially a criminal broker of sorts and now the same fellow is definitely going to kill Douglas. On top of all this, Ibrahim was mugged by a couple young guys on a trip to town and he’s ended up in the hospital. Elizabeth certainly has quite a few things to take care of, so it’s a good thing she has such a tight group of pals in the Thursday Murder Club, plus Bogdan, plus DCIs Chris and Donna. It will take the whole gang to deal with the complicated tangle of a situation that has arisen because it’s not just Douglas hiding out from a criminal – the young guys who mugged Ibrahim are part of a larger crime ring that Chris and Donna are looking into as well. 

The story was quite intense, though the characters themselves move at a slower pace than I’m accustomed to – no fancy sword work, no parkour, none of the craziness that abounds in the books I usually read. What they lack in physical talent, they more than make up for with their scheming. And it’s not just Elizabeth with a talent for handling interesting situations! Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim are all clever in their own right and that’s part of what keeps the story so interesting. You’re never quite sure who’s up to something!

The Man Who Died Twice was a brilliant read and quite frankly, I never saw the ending coming! The culminating chapters were gripping and I really didn’t want to be interrupted (listening to audiobook) because I didn’t want to accidentally miss something. Richard Osman certainly knows how to write a compelling mystery that will keep you guessing and mentally pointing fingers at like, all the characters right until the very end. This was a really fun book and can’t wait for the next one!

Currently Reading: 10/11/21

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
I was counting down the days until I got my Audible credits so I could pick this one up! I really adore the characters in these books and this one is extra exciting because we get to learn more about Elizabeth’s past adventures.

The Quicksilver Court by Melissa Caruso
Another very exciting sequel! I took this with me on vacation the week before last, but didn’t have time to check it out so I’m making up for lost time. I expect I’ll actually be finishing this one up today and I can pick up another exciting book this week. 

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

Synopsis:

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.

Currently Reading: 3/29/21

Fortress of Magi by Mirah Bolender
YAY! Another trilogy is wrapping up and I can’t wait to see how the story plays out. I’m still holding out hope that a beloved character will somehow be resurrected to save the day now that the end of Amicae is nigh. I don’t think it’s going to happen, but a girl can dream…

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
A group of elderly folks in a retirement village end up trying to solve the mystery of a dead developer. I mean, it sounds both charming and dark so I’m all in for it! It doesn’t hurt that it has such fantastic reviews either – can’t wait to dig in during my long drives this week!