Blog Tour | The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman | #Gifted
September 13, 2020
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Today I am on the Blog Tour for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and I am here with a review of the audiobook.
Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.
Title: The Thursday Murder Club Author: Richard Osman Publisher: Penguin Books Published: 3rd September 2020 Format: Audiobook Source: Review Copy from Publisher Summary: In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.
But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be octogenarians, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?
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I’m going to start this review with my ignorance. When I was asked to review this book, I had no idea that Richard Osman was a celebrity. I don’t tend to watch TV so he wasn’t known to me. It was only while reading the book and mentioning it to friends that I was informed of his celebrity status, especially as a TV presenter for Pointless. I mention this so that you’re aware that his celebrity status has not impacted my review in anyway. I picked this book up not because of the author but because the synopsis and sample of audiobook I listened to gripped me and had me instantly intrigued.
The Thursday MurderClub follows a group of four retirees in a retirement centre who get together to solve cold case files. As a way to feel like they are still making a difference in the world and that they’re not wasting their time, it is something that they enjoy doing – even if upon discovering the criminals they cannot do anything further. Until one day, a murder happens to someone who is linked to the retirement centre – a murder of someone who two of their group had seen that very day having an argument with the owner of the centre. Thus they decide it is time to work on their first live case and work out who the murderer was.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a little bit different from my usual reads – the crime and thriller novels I read are normally a bit more psychological rather than detective lead – but I still very much enjoyed the book. I found that it had a nice slew of humour which had me chuckling quite a bit while reading which is always a good thing to a book. I also have to admit that I did not work out what had happened until moments before it was fully explained. Richard Osman did a fantastic job of writing this book and making it a fascinating and interesting novel to read.
The only downside I found was that I wasn’t fully invested in the characters. I wish I had been. I did enjoy reading about Joyce and I did appreciate Elizabeth as well. But the other characters were all a bit of a blur to me and I wonder if this is because there were so many of them. I also found one main character – Chris – to be particularly annoying, especially with how much he talked about his weight and appearance, and the fact that he was still single. It really got on my nerves by the end of the book. This is unfortunate but I am sure that it is probably just my own issue as I believe that others have really enjoyed all of the characters.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book – especially if you like cozy mysteries as this is ultimately what this book felt like to me. I’ve also heard that it sounds similar to Miss Marple books by Agatha Christie but I haven’t read any myself so I can’t make a true comparison. However, if you like crime novels that throw you off the scent, that keep you entertained with humour and that essentially pack a punch – then this is definitely a book you should pick up.
I also just want to mention about the narrator of the book. She did a fantastic job. There were different accents and tones used for the different characters, which made it a really immersive and interesting book to listen to as well. I should also mention that another interesting thing about the audiobook is an exclusive interview between Richard Osman and Marian Keyes (who I now know has the lightest, softest, most wonderful voice), at the end of it where they discuss the book. This was a fantastic addition to the audiobook that I really enjoyed.