The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Narrated by Lesley Manville

A cosy, and fun, mystery murder

My rating:  3 out of 5

A gentle murder mystery with humour, human interest and great characters.

The 4 members of the Thursday Murder Club live in a retirement village and meet weekly to discuss cold case murders, so when someone they know is murdered they are quickly onto the challenge of solving it.    Their methods might be a little unusual, and often amusing, however they find they are more adept at gleaning information than the police, and (when convenient to them)  are happy to pass on their findings to them. 

I listened to this as an audio book, and found it slow to get going, but eventually I really got into it and enjoyed the story.  There is plenty of wit and humour in the writing, plus quite a few “social comments” to think about.  The main characters are fun and interesting, and living a life that maybe we would all like to enjoy when we reach their age.  Nearing the end I did get somewhat confused as to who had done what, and why – but this may have been as I listen to audio books intermittently, so had perhaps left it too long between listens. 

Lesley Manville’s narration was fantastic, and really got inside the characters.  Indeed it was her making the characters come so alive, that made it fine that I got rather lost with the plot nearing the end.   The charm and wit in the book made me understand why it is so popular. 

At the end of the book there is a discussion between Marian Keyes and Richard Osman – with lots of interesting details.   

I understand that Richard Osman’s 2nd book contains many of the same characters as this first book. 

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