Review: The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)

November 16, 2020Hels

“The sun is up, the skies are blue, and murder is in the air”
― The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)


The Thursday Murder Club

Author: Richard Osman
Genre: Humorous Crime Fiction (is that a genre?)
Page Count: 377
Published: 3 September 2020

My rating:
Plot:8.5 out of 10 stars (8.5 / 10)
Characters:9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Ending:8 out of 10 stars (8.0 / 10)


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly to discuss unsolved crimes; they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

When a local developer is found dead, the Thursday Murder Club finds themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can the unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer?

Ahh what a wonderful book! It felt very quintessentially British, and it was funny and charming, with moments of real poignancy and sadness. It’s been incredibly hyped up, but personally I felt like it lived up to the hype. It’s a little bit silly at times, but I think it works – the charm definitely takes over! There were quite a lot of suspects to keep track of, but I loved the characters, they were so well developed and vivid, I was particularly fond of Ibrahim and Elizabeth. There were some genuine laugh-out-loud moments during the book and it was very easy to read.

“It was a well-known fact that there were no calories in homemade cakes.”
The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)

My only real issue with the story was that it was maybe a little too long – there were a few moments towards the end where I found I was putting it down and not immediately racing to pick it back up again, however the very short chapters meant that it was well paced.

For me, the story was never really about finding out who the murderer was, that was much more of a sub-plot to me. There were a lot of red herrings, but the humour and sheer joy of the story propels the book a long. For me, the main enjoyment came from the actual members of the Thursday Murder Club and getting to know them. I’m very happy this is going to be a series – one of the endorsements on the inside cover of the book says something about how this is exactly what you’d expect from Richard Osman writing a murder story, and it really is!

Have you read The Thursday Murder Club? Does this sound like your kind of book?

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