The Thursday Murder Club – Review

  • Format Read – Ebook
  • How did I get this book – From Publisher Via NetGalley
  • Date Read – September 10th – 13th
  • Genre – Crime / Mystery
  • Publisher – Viking / Penguin

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book via NetGalley.

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.

But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

My thoughts

The Thursday Murder Club is a book that a lot of people are talking about. The author, Richard Osman is a household name, mostly because of his roles as co host on Pointless, and as host of House of Games. He has also been on the standard panel show circuit that every comedian in the UK seem to go on at least once.

I was happy to see that he was releasing a book, although I wasn’t expecting it to be of this genre. Given the sales figures that have come out since the books release, it appears that the buzz worked as it appears to have sold shed loads in it’s first week.

The Thursday Murder Club has an interesting premise. The members of the club live in a prestigious retirement community. A former member was a police officer and they meet once a week to talk about her cold cases, or cases that may have had a better outcome with different officers in charge. However, a murder in the area alerts them and they take it upon themselves to try and help the police catch the killer!

Joyce is the newest member of the club and she tells the story, in part, via her diary entries. These help to bridge the gap between chapters. The rest of the book is told in the third person as we eavesdrop on what other characters are up to. Elizabeth is soon revealed as the driving force behind the club, and has somehow spent her life building up very hand connections. She has certainly had an interesting life, as have the other members of the group. Joyce is the dark horse however, and seems to take great enjoyment from the groups shenanigans.

There is plenty of humour sprinkled throughout the book, which doesn’t really come as a surprise if you are familiar with the authors work, but he has also managed to tug on the heart strings quite a few times throughout. The book certainly does go to great lengths to show that our main characters are not dead yet! #

The characters themselves are brilliant but for me they are let down by the plot. I didn’t really find it that engaging. I was probably let down by the high hopes I had for the book going in. I felt like the author went a bit too far outside the “believable” box in places, and it let the plot down overall. The book as a whole is still quite a good read though.

While this isn’t the best book I have read this year (I do appear to be in the minority for this) it was quite enjoyable. It will certainly be flying off the shelves and I can already hear some people telling me how wrong I am for not absolutely loving it. I am certainly glad I gave it it’s fair shot, but I’m not sure that I will be rushing out to buy the (already announced) sequels.