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Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Title: The Thursday Murder Club

Author: Richard Osman

Year Published: 2020

Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 368
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary (from Amazon): In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?

Review: The last book I read was intense and I felt I needed something a little lighter even though I wanted to read something for the RIP Challenge. Hence, the Thursday Murder Club.

This is a really fun combination of a mystery (and there are quite a few people who are murdered or dead) and a light-hearted friendship story. It seems strange that that combination can even exist, but Osman does it well. There are multiple murders to solve and, of course, they are all connected in some way, but I finding out who done it was not a foregone conclusion.

The four main characters really are fun. Yes, they are older and living in a retirement home, but they are spunky, smart, clever, and having a great time solving crime. The supporting cast of characters are equally fun if a bit stereotypical: mobsters, priests, police officers, and assorted "bad guys." I loved them all. 

My dad and I don't usually overlap in our reading tastes, but he was going to get a copy of this book to read so I am passing mine on to him. I look forward to seeing if he likes it (he was motivated to read it after a glowing review in the NY Times).

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • RIP Challenge

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