The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

I really enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club and so I was looking forward to returning to see what Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron got themselves mixed up in next and it really didn’t disappoint. In fact, I have to say I think I enjoyed this one even more.

Richard Osman is a natural writer. His characters are authentic and believable, his plots clever and captivating. I adore these cosy crime novels, the way there is a safety within them but the darkness of the world is lying there just underneath. He sneaks in enough red herrings to keep you guessing. There is humour, warmth and that wonderful sense of justice that most of us seek in our escapism. A welcome retreat from the real world. There are also moments of real tenderness and I feel invested in this eclectic mix of characters. I really do care about them.

Each of the four are very different and I think that’s what makes them so likeable. They have grown incredibly fond of one another, characters whose paths would never have crossed in their younger years but are now thrown together in their twilight and fighting crime together too. They each have their weaknesses and strengths but it’s their loyalty and support for each other that shines through to me the most… and I believe keeps them one step ahead of the bad guys (most of the time). The chapters where Joyce narrates the story are particularly funny and I think she is having the time of her life.

I’ve too have become rather fond of them you know and I can’t wait to see what happens next in book 3. Oh what a treat to know there is going to be a book 3! Can’t wait.

Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy.

Available now in hardback, ebook and on audiobook.


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?

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