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Review: The Last 'Devil' to Die by Richard Osman

Title: The Last 'Devil' to Die
Author: Richard Osman
Year published: 2023
Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

SummaryA new mystery is afoot in the fourth book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman

It's rarely a quiet day for the Thursday Murder Club.

Shocking news reaches them—an old friend has been killed, and a dangerous package he was protecting has gone missing.

The gang's search leads them into the antiques business, where the tricks of the trade are as old as the objects themselves. As they encounter drug dealers, art forgers, and online fraudsters—as well as heartache close to home—Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim have no idea whom to trust.

With the body count rising, the clock ticking down, and trouble firmly on their tail, has their luck finally run out?

Review: I really enjoyed the first three books in this series (links to my reviews: The Thursday Murder Club, The Man Who Died Twice, The Bullet That Missed). I know they are making a TV series (movie?) of book 1 and I look forward to watching it.

This book is just fun. If you enjoyed the first three in the series you know what you are getting yourself into and you can be along for the ride. The mystery in these books really isn't the focus. I mean, it is. It's a murder mystery, but for me it's really all about the characters.

I love that the gang of four (Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim) are so blunt, involved lots of people in their crime solving, tell everyone exactly what they're thinking, and are buddies with the two local police officers. And it's controlled mayhem.

Through all the fun and levity, there is a serious note that came to a head in this installment of the series: Stephen's Alzheimers. His forgetfulness has been building and in this novel it is named and he is far gone. The author deals with it in such a straightforward and loving way (and he talks about memory loss in his Acknowledgements). 

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Big Book Summer
  • Cloak and Dagger

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