The Thursday Murder Club

By Megan Thomas

Given that Richard Osman’s second installation to his crime series seems like the go-to read of December 2021 (go on, admit it: you bought it for a relative for Christmas…), it seems only fitting that I only got around to reading the first one in December 2021.

I’m not a big crime reader, but I adore Richard Osman as well as his House of Games, so I was thrilled to get the first book for Christmas in 2020. I think what I enjoyed most about it was that his sense of humour and tone of voice came through in his writing, more so than the story itself.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the story, but but rather that I wasn’t necessarily tearing through it trying to find out whodunnit like I’d hoped. The premise is that a group of old people in a care village (a very, very posh one) start a club to solve a mysterious murder that has happened during the process of the landlord’s attempt to expand the village. When one murder leads to two, the fun really begins.

The characters are funny and silly in the best way and I wish I could meet every one of them – and be part of their club, if they were accepting non-geriatrics.

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