Publication: 3rd September 2020 – Viking
THE FIRST BOOK IN THE GRIPPING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMAN
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?
Delighted to welcome you on my stop for The Thursday Murder Club, the amazing new novel by Richard Osman.
You don’t need me to tell you how great and gripping this novel is. Many people have done it before me and there is a reason if it is at the top of the booksellers charts. I will tell you this. I didn’t know what to expect and I was surprised to be completely glued to the pages (I’ve read it in one day), to laugh, to be surprised by the twists, and to love the characters so much.
Cooper’s Chase is “Britain’s First Luxury Retirement Village”. It is also the headquarter of The Thursday Murder Club. Who are the member of the Thursday Murder Club and what they do? Joyce is the newest member and a former nurse; Ron is a former Labour Unionist while Ibrahim is a retired psychologist; Elizabeth is one of the founders of the club with a mysterious – and slightly dubious – past. Every Thursday they meet to study and solve a cold case, but, this time, it’s not an unsolved murder that they have to investigate, but the death of a local entrepreneur.
The cast of characters is incredible and very likable. A group of retired people reunite to solve crimes and they do a better job than the police (even because it seems that one of them as resources worth of a CIA agent). Together, they form an unlikely friendship. Elizabeth is the force of the group, leading the others and ordering them about. She is quite smart and resourceful and I am intrigued by her secret past. Ron and Ibrahim are quite opposite to each other. The former is ready to argue a case just for the sake – and fun – of it, while Ibrahim is more reserved and quiet, but they form a close friendship. Joyce seems very introvert, but she is quite a surprise. One of the points of views in the story is told from Joyce in form of diary and I loved how she narrates the story as though she is talking to someone, with her reflections and musings. Two other characters worth of mention are PC Donna De Frietas and DCI Chris Hudson. They are the real detectives investigating the murder, but they find themselves unwillingly asking for help to the Thursday Murder Club.
The Thursday Murder Club is a MUST-READ!!! It is an unpredictable, unique, addictive, brilliantly-written page-turner that it will be impossible to put down.
A huge thank you to Ellie and Vikings for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of this gripping novel.
Follow the rest of the blog tour:
Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club is his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.