Title: The Man Who Died Twice
Author: Richard Osman
Series: Thursday Murder Club
It’s the following Thursday.
Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.
As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?
But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?
I genuinely enjoyed my return to the adventures of the Thursday murder club. Osman has managed to create such a fun cast of characters that I really felt we got to know a lot more in this instalment. Joyce is such a sweetheart. I really loved the sections from her diary. I love how much joy she derives from everything even when she is worried. Elizabeth’s tenacity is also really interesting and her relationship with Joyce make them such an entertaining pair of characters to follow.
I also really enjoyed the subplot lines that had us learning more about Chris, Donna and Bogdan. They are all just great supporting characters and it was fun to see a bit of romance added into the story. The main plot fell just not he right side of silly and absurd to still be somewhat believable that out gang of Octogenarians would happily wade into the mess and also find a way to clear it all up. It took some really funny twists and turns and again the number of very British references were fun.
Overall I think this is just one of those lighthearted reads that you know you are going to be entertained, have a giggle and solve a fun wee mystery.
You can find my thoughts on Book 1 HERE