Title: The Bullet that Missed
Author: Richard Osman
Series: Thursday Murder Club #3
It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.
Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.
To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed…
While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again.
Osman has just embraced the farcical and absurd to create such a fun and ridiculously entertaining read and I am here for it. I really love the places this went. One of the most out of the box plotlines for this kind of cosy mystery but I found it so much fun to read about.
My favourite part was again how lovely a person Joyce is. I love how she comes over on the page. She gets into crypto currency in this instalment and the way she discussed it was so endearing that is was just such a cute element of the story. I loved the addition of Alan in this book, even with the minor roll he played he had some really cute moments. Bogdan is quickly becoming a favourite for me. He had such a sweet story line in this one. His interactions with Steven, Elizabeth’s husband, were heart-breaking at points and it really gave so much depth to these characters. The way Osman deals with dementia is just fantastic and so moving.
We also got a mix of some really fun new characters. I love how Osman’s bad guys tend to have some real heart to them despite there criminal ways and how the Thursday Murder Club always seem to find a way of bringing that care and compassion out in them. There was even more hints at romance in this one that again played out in such a nice way.
Overall, this had so much heart to it. I love the characters, the fun and games to the mystery. This series is just so much fun and so heart-warming.