Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
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 thoroughly enjoyed this book! I am always a little apprehensive to read books written by celebrities but this book proved that just because they're famous for something else, it doesn't mean they can't be good writers as well (god damn over achievers!).
The writing and tone is excellent and is completely what makes this such a fun read. You feel like you're watching a TV murder series that takes place in a small village in England and the whole thing is just perfectly done. The retirement village lends itself to be the perfect backdrop for this laugh out loud story and allows you to really picture our characters in their 'natural' setting. But all is not what it seems in this quaint village. The residents are past nurses, doctors, police officers and more and the dynamic and wit they bring to the story is excellent. However, there is the deeper side to the story where you get to know the personal reasons of them being in the village and some of the trials they have had to endure in the leas up to it. That saying, they're the liveliest bunch of 70 year olds I've come across (fiction or nonfiction!).
The characters are fantastic and were my favourite thing about this book. The plot was clever and I didn't see the end coming but the characters were still the cherry on top for me. From Joyce, the cut ex-nurse who writes in her diary, to the enigmatic and mysterious Elizabeth to the headstrong and sassy Donna. They all had so much personality and really held their own in the roles that they played. The banter, playfulness and camaraderie between The Thursday Murder Club and the police is excellent!
Banter is actually the best way to describe this book, it is incredible clever, satirical and laugh out loud funny. And then of course the plot itself is very well done and I did not predict the 'whodunit' element of the mystery at all, which was great!
There is very little wrong with this book. From the length of the chapters, to the characters, to the pace, it is such an enjoyable read!
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, no matter the genre that you usually read. It has something for everyone and is a book you would get through very quickly. A fantastic debut from Osman and I can't wait to see what else he comes out with in the future.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'Chris always found it easy to get up in the morning. He just found it hard to go to sleep at night.'
Elizabeth, I wanted to get to know her so much more as there was so much mystery around her. She was exactly what you imagine a cute old English woman who has a few secrets to hide.