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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Many thanks to both NetGalley and to Viking for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of The Thursday Murder Club.
This was Osman’s debut novel, introducing us to members of the Thursday Murder Club who live in a rather deluxe retirement village in Kent. Of course, being mostly elderly characters, the residents also have their quirks and eccentricities, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of them.
There is more than one mystery to solve, including plans to flatten the beloved and sacred cemetery. And they’re not necessarily all contemporary mysteries either.
There’s not a lot else that I can say without spoilers other than I really enjoyed this cosy mystery. It’s silly, it’s funny, Osman’s wit shines through and, really, it needs to be read with all of this in mind and the tongue firmly planted in the cheek.
I don’t know why other reviewers expected this to be so different. I could almost hear the author reading it out loud.
The presentation was a bit off in my Kindle version, with sections clearly running together so that it seemed as though there was a bit of head-hopping mid-paragraph. But otherwise, bravo, sir!
The head-hopping was there in the hardback version, too! 🤣
I can see why the film rights were snapped up. You can tell Osman’s television experience coming through – I thought some of it read like a film script at times. It’ll be easy to convert it to the screen.
One of the negative reviewers said that it was apparently written for television. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was very Osman.
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