Thursday 13 May 2021

Book Review | The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman | prettylittlewriter

 It's not very often that you come across a novel written by a celebrity that is actually worth the hype that it receives, never mind it being their debut novel. Since its release, The Thursday Murder Club has spent almost every week on the NY times bestsellers list, and quite often, at number 1.

Richard has done a spectacular job of creating a unique and creative story that keeps you guessing until the very end.


'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?' 

Each and every character has their own unique perspective throughout the novel, which is conveyed quite well via the third person storytelling.

The only person that really gets to use her own voice is that character of Joyce, a widow and former nurse that is part of the Thursday Murder Club, as we get to read her diary entries throughout the book.

The idea of a group of pensioners in a retirement home solving crime is one of good humour and quite special; I have never come across this before, and it has been done quite cleverly. Osman keeps us guessing through the book, hinting at possible suspects and throwing lots of different options into the mix. I had one slight inkling of a certain characters involvement, but I honestly had no clue about the rather large twist at the end.

It did take me a little while to get into the book to start with, as Osman writes it in a way that I would imagine a retired pensioner would write, especially throughout Joyce's diary entries. This keeps the aesthetic true, and as the story progressed, I found myself being pulled in and wanting to find out who the murderer was and if the Thursday Murder Club may have had some involvement themselves.

It is not your typical crime novel, but a great read and I would highly recommend to anyone that likes crime but wants something a little different!

4/5 stars

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