In 2022 Crime was the most popular genre across Worcestershire Libraries. Richard Osman topped the most borrowed books list with his latest novel, “The Man Who Died Twice”, borrowed a total of 970 times. His debut novel, “The Thursday Murder Club”, was borrowed 769 times! It was closely followed by Lee Child and Andrew Child’s “Better off Dead” with 733 issues.
A proper cosy caper. Amateur sleuths in an upmarket retirement village investigate unsolved murder cases that the Kent police force has given up on. Cold cases are put aside temporally when a couple of killings occur on their 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. Four distinct characters who would never have crossed paths are now the best of friends, and each brings their expertise, favours and insight.
The excellent debut of a fun mystery series. And I can see a TV series from it too.
It starts out great, but it gets more convoluted later. Osman may have meant that to be “red herrings”, but it’s just clutter. A brilliant, quirky and loveable cast. It is an intriguing and funny premise which delivers. “on to the next case!”