BOOK REVIEW: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Penguin Books
363 pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio 


Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to...

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. 

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?


Who doesn't like a bunch of clever old people running around trying to solve a mystery?  I'm not usually a cozy mystery fan but this has a darker side to it that I appreciate along with the humor of four meddling septuagenarians from the local retirement community.  There is a lot going on in this story and bodies are dropping like flies.  There is plenty of resolution and even a cold case solved, but the best part is how this band of friends have leaned into their unique skills and often foil even the cops. 

There is a secondary story of the police detectives who are investigating the case.  One longs to be part of the murder team but is stuck with mundane tasks until the Murder Club step in to help her.  The other is a slightly over weight detective who is rethinking his life and is longing for more.  The Murder Club teams these two up and before you know it both of their lives are better for it.  

I'm really looking forward to reading more of this series to see what trouble this band of misfits gets up to next. 

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