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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The first installment in Osman's retirement village murder mysteries

Reviewed by Clare Arthey
Reviewed by Clare Arthey


Richard Osman writes an amusing and easy to read murder mystery. What’s a little different about this story is it’s set within a luxury retirement village with all the main characters living there as residents. It very cleverly intertwines the challenges of growing old with an intriguing mystery to solve.

About the book

Our four main characters Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron & Ibrahim live in Coopers Chase. Their friendship grows through their involvement in the Thursday Murder club – aptly named because it meets on a Thursday. It starts out as a review of old cold cases but quickly takes on a new leaf of life when a real murder happens close at hand and as with all good murder mysteries there is quickly more than one body to deal with.

The characters take on the investigation with enthusiasm and boldness often achieving results others are unable to do and able to influence even the local police.

Some of the chapters are written through the diary of Joyce and others are direct narratives but it all flows well and is easy to follow.

Whilst the story doesn’t shy away from the challenges of growing old, highlighting the impact of dementia and death; it does so in quite a simple and almost matter of fact way, removing some of the stigma around these topics.

There is lots of humour and even laugh out loud moments, with the dialogue moving from serious ‘murder’ issues one moment to everyday mundane the next.

Our Rating


Would you recommend this book?

If you enjoy a murder mystery, are interested in relationships and like some humour in a book this is one for you. It’s hard not to be drawn into the characters, touched by their friendships, and made to smile by how they get on and help solve crimes, apparently unhindered by their age. I enjoyed the read so much that I went on to read the sequel – The Man Who Died Twice.