#BookReview: THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE by Richard Osman @richardosman @VikingBooksUK

Publication: 16th September 2021

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?



The gang is back! There is never a dull moment at Cooper’s Chase, Britain’s First Luxury Retirement Village, as the Thursday Murder Club finds itself, once again, in the middle of an investigation. This time, it involves spies, stolen diamonds, and, of course, murder.

Elizabeth’s past resurfaces as an old friend and colleague asks for her help to protect him. And then, there is a murder and Elizabeth and her friends need to stop a killer and find some stolen diamonds.

The Man Who Died Twice is the second book in the Thursday Murder Club series and it is as brilliant and engrossing as the first novel. It can easily be read as a stand-alone, but, if you still haven’t read it, I highly recommend you read The Thursday Murder Club first for a fantastic introduction to these incredible characters: Elizabeth, a former spy full of surprises and tricks; Joyce, a former nurse who is not as innocent as she looks; Ron, a former Labour Unionist who is not afraid to go under cover; Ibrahim, a retired psychologist who is also very good with technology; and let’s not forget police detectives Donna De Frietas and Chris Hudson who, somehow and sometimes against their will, find themselves involved in the cases of the Thursday Murder Club.

The Man Who Died Twice is a thrilling, immersive, and very well-written novel. It is told from many perspectives and I especially adore Joyce’s diary which is always a fun and entertaining read. We learn more about Elizabeth’s secret past and we get a more insightful glimpse into the personal lives of the two police detectives. Full of surprises and twists, this is a book I won’t stop recommending while waiting to see what’s up next for these fantastic characters!

A huge thank you to Viking Books and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of this novel.

Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. His first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, was a million-copy bestseller. Critics have already described The Man Who Died Twice as ‘his second novel’.

This review was featured on Twinkl as part of their Literary Lovers campaign.

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