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Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Title: The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery
Author: Richard Osman
Year published: 2021
Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)United Kingdom

SummaryElizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village.
But they are out of luck.
An unexpected visitor—an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)—arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam.
Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them?  And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?  You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.
Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of the Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first—an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read.

Review: I found the first book (my review of The Thursday Murder Club) in this series fun and funny so was looking forward to this second installment. The book did not disappoint and I was smiling within the first few pages.

I love the quirky sense of humor in these novels, the way the characters interact, their bravery and gaul even though they are just "regular" senior citizens, and their relationships with one another. They are all willing to do whatever it takes to capture the person who deserves some consequences (big or small), they coordinate with the local police when they are ready to bring in law enforcement, and the little quips that get thrown around make me smile.

Are the mysteries a little convoluted? Sure. Do I care? No. 

If you want a mystery that will put a smile on your face, I recommend these novels. They would make a wonderful BBC series!

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Literary Escapes--United Kingdom
  • Popsugar--an author I read in 2021

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