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A New York Times bestseller | Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment

“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal
 
“Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.” —Parade

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to...
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it''s too late?

About the Author

RICHARD OSMAN has worked as an executive producer on numerous UK shows. Richard''s popularity and tremendous knowledge of trivia led to him presenting his own BBC quiz show and several others, as well as being the host of Pointless with 7 million views. He is also a regular on panel shows and writes a column for the Radio Times. He has more than 830k followers across social media.

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Cathy G. Cole
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not my cup of Darjeeling
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2020
I read so many mentions of The Thursday Murder Club being brilliant and hilarious that I began to wonder. For one thing, humor is probably the most subjective form of writing there is. For another, I always get nervous when the hype about any book begins to pile up. I... See more
I read so many mentions of The Thursday Murder Club being brilliant and hilarious that I began to wonder. For one thing, humor is probably the most subjective form of writing there is. For another, I always get nervous when the hype about any book begins to pile up. I almost changed my mind about reading it but decided to go against my better judgment.

The premise is fantastic. Four old folks who have all their marbles and are able to get out and about with no problem, who meet once a week to solve cold cases. What''s not to like? The four-- a nurse, a spy, a psychiatrist, and a professional protester-- all bring their special skills and considerable intellect to the table, and they also get to help educate a detective constable who''s new to the area.

There are poignant moments concerning growing old, death, and grief scattered throughout the book; this book is about more than your typical mystery. I did find myself smiling from time to time as I read some witticism, but at a quarter of the way through the book, that sort of humor seemed to vanish. I also didn''t feel comfortable with a detective chief inspector working with anyone outside law enforcement so closely. The Thursday Murder Club also suffered from one or two first-timer mistakes. First, the mystery solving seemed to vanish occasionally because the author was so enamored of his characters he forgot about the story and just wanted to spend time with them. Yes, they''re interesting characters, but please don''t forget why they''re there in the first place. Second, I found the mystery confusing. Too many bodies piled up. Too many killers were hauled out of the shadows. Motives were flying around like bats pouring out of a cave at dusk. It takes a lot for me to become confused when reading a mystery, and I have to admit that I lost the plot a few times. I finally got to the point where I was reading just to get it over with, and that''s not good.

As much as I wanted to enjoy The Thursday Murder Club, I did not, but since so much of the enjoyment hinges on humor (and as I said before, humor is so subjective), your mileage may definitely vary.
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J. Lesley
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A good crime puzzle at the core of this story.
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
From the standpoint of my expectations of quasi-believability when it comes to investigating a murder mystery in a novel I would only give this book a 3 star rating, maybe even a little lower because the main characters here went way, way beyond the limit of police/amateur... See more
From the standpoint of my expectations of quasi-believability when it comes to investigating a murder mystery in a novel I would only give this book a 3 star rating, maybe even a little lower because the main characters here went way, way beyond the limit of police/amateur cooperation. (In all honesty, though, I see this happen in ''Golden Age'' mysteries all the time and it doesn''t bother me one bit. Maybe it''s because this one is set in modern times?) However, I''ve decided to settle on a 4 star rating because I really did like the members of the Thursday Murder Club and how the author had portrayed them. At almost 78 I would fit right into that group from the age perspective and I enjoyed seeing my contemporaries presented as being highly functioning from a physical and mental angle. That isn''t true most of the time; usually age automatically means a fictional character in a modern crime story has lost too many little grey cells to contribute much to solving crimes.

I have many friends who live in "villages" of this type so I was able to accept the entire location as well as the interesting mix of characters. I really did think I had solved the mystery, once again, only to have my solution proved totally wrong by the final revealing twist. I''ve been wondering if I would be interested in reading a second book featuring this group of characters and I find I''m wavering and hesitating somewhat. I really would have liked for the police to have acted more like professionals and not set-dressing for the real solvers of every aspect of the solution. Hmm, I suppose I''ll just have to wait and see because as popular as this novel seems to have been it is probably a sure thing that there will be a second book.

Many thanks to the one who practically insisted I read this book. Yes, I liked it. Yes, I''m glad I read it.
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Lovely Read
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
No smarmy sympathy, no faked respect. This story is about people living their best lives-- no matter what. Honest about aging, about loss, about unlikely but sustaining friendship. Well worth reading for the characters more than the mystery.
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Lee Killough
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A fun read I hated to see end.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2020
What fun Murder Club was to to read. A cast of wonderful characters and plenty of twists in the story. I read it on my Kindle and hated to see the reading time winding down toward zero. The Thursday Murder Club, consists of four members of a retirement community who have... See more
What fun Murder Club was to to read. A cast of wonderful characters and plenty of twists in the story. I read it on my Kindle and hated to see the reading time winding down toward zero. The Thursday Murder Club, consists of four members of a retirement community who have been working out solutions for cold cases (the founding member of the group was a retired police officer) though it can be only an academic exercise. Now, however, with the death of construction contractor, they find themselves with a current murder they can investigate. Roping in two officers officially involved in the case...who are both good at their job and not hostile to the Club as is often the case of police in books with amateurs investigating murder. I hope this is the start of a series.
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Golf Widow
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Enjoyable cozy mystery
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
I love this book. The mystery is deep, the writing excellent, and the characters delightful. I was worried about figuring out the murderer too soon, but it was fine; Richard Osman is clearly far smarter than I am.
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Harley
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Charming story
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2020
If I had reviewed this after the first 100 pages I might well have rated it higher. Loved the setting, the characters and the whole dealing with age and it''s inevitable progression. However, after a while the plot meandered through too many twists, the clever Elizabeth... See more
If I had reviewed this after the first 100 pages I might well have rated it higher. Loved the setting, the characters and the whole dealing with age and it''s inevitable progression. However, after a while the plot meandered through too many twists, the clever Elizabeth started to annoy and the police were unrealistic and shallow. The gentle witicisms charm, the setting is some sort of old people utopian village. This is well written and a welcome break from the blood, gore and angst of mainstream crime fiction. Where it fell down for me was it''s failure to keep me inside the world and the fantasy for the whole book.
If you are debating reading it, go for it. I enjoyed it and finished it - but am debating whether to bother with part 2. Certainly not now.
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Tuppence
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Good Book. Light enjoyable reading
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2020
Enjoyed this book. Amusingly written. Light hearted murder mystery.
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Memphis girl
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A gem of a book
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
I love a mystery that keeps you guessing, with intriguing and likable characters, and a wonderful setting - i almost wish i hadn’t read this book so that i could read it for the first time again
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CSM
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Very disappointing, silly and boring
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2020
I have read so many brilliant reviews of this book by well known and ordinary readers like myself. I like Richard Osman and find him witty and I was really looking forward to this widely advertised first novel. Therefore I am so disappointed that I found this book almost...See more
I have read so many brilliant reviews of this book by well known and ordinary readers like myself. I like Richard Osman and find him witty and I was really looking forward to this widely advertised first novel. Therefore I am so disappointed that I found this book almost childish in the way the characters were presented. To me there was nothing comical about it apart from the idea that the police would have happily liaised with a group of pensioners to solve a murder. Even when laws were broken by the group this was perceived as acceptable and everyone swapped theories as to perpetrators over tea and cake. Mostly lemon drizzle but orange drizzle on one occasion. I have every respect for anyone who can write a book and on reading reviews I am sure this will do well. It was just too far fetched and rather silly for me.
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Siltone
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Reading this novel was an absolute joy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2020
I have always enjoyed watching Richard Osman on TV, in fact one of my favourite programmes is Pointless. So, my ears pricked up when I briefly heard someone on the radio mention that he''d recently penned his first ever novel. After listening to the outline of the book...See more
I have always enjoyed watching Richard Osman on TV, in fact one of my favourite programmes is Pointless. So, my ears pricked up when I briefly heard someone on the radio mention that he''d recently penned his first ever novel. After listening to the outline of the book which, amongst other things, entails four elderly friends whose hobby it is to solve murders, well I just had to order myself a copy. This is a typical ''very English'' whodunnit, featuring eccentric characters who come alive on the page. The principle players are: Elizabeth (ex-spy chief), Joyce (former nurse), Ibrahim (retired psychiatrist) and Ron (ex-trade union boss) who reside in a gated retirement village situated on the south coast. These are folk who I soon came to care about, despite their individual flaws. They may be fictitious, but Richard effortlessly brings them to life, and gives each a unique personality of their own. Old age can sometimes be a burden to them, and they may have to endure certain physical and mental issues, but combined they are still a force to be reckoned with. These amateur sleuths are also somewhat unorthodox when it comes to the methods they employ to investigate and potentially trap a killer. Despite murder being the theme running through this excellent novel, this is very much a cosy read. It''s clever, it''s sad, it''s moving in places, and it''s wickedly funny throughout. You know, these are difficult, worrying times we find ourselves in, and so we all occasionally need a break, a diversion, some form of escapism - and if that''s what you''re looking for, then reading this book is one way of achieving that. I''m not easily amused, but I have to say that at times The Thursday Murder Club had me in fits of laughter. This novel is the perfect antidote to the sometimes depressing stuff that has been going on around us of late. My advice is to get your hands on a copy of this book ASAP - then sit back in your favourite armchair, with a mug of tea and a plate of biscuits at hand, and just lose yourself in this compassionate, witty mystery created by the inimitable Richard Osman. All that''s left for me to add is that I really cannot wait for the next book in the series.....
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Mike's mum
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Why?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2020
When you find that the three page acknowledgements from the author at the back are more interesting and better written than the novel itself then that is a worry. Let me say that I like Richard Osman on the television but a novelist he is not! Banal, tedious and poorly...See more
When you find that the three page acknowledgements from the author at the back are more interesting and better written than the novel itself then that is a worry. Let me say that I like Richard Osman on the television but a novelist he is not! Banal, tedious and poorly written. I read somewhere that it is aimed at a TV audience whatever that means - possibly for the folk who enjoy ''Death in Paradise'' or ''Mrs Brown''s Boys''? The novel is made up of caricatures and I didn''t care what happened to them. I can be stubborn so refused to give up on this story but it was very hard work and with hindsight I should have done. The police are portrayed negatively and as somewhat dim and we are meant to believe that these other characters in a retirement home have all these contacts around the world enabling them to solve crimes from their armchair. Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin are on the book cover making flattering statements. Why? That seriously undermines their judgement and credibility in my eyes. On the back cover someone says: ''Laugh out loud''. Really? The humour is tired, cliched and resorts to stereotypes; in effect little asides from the author which are not amusing. Richard you can do so much better than this surely? It needed editing. In fact, I am wondering if the first draft was published by mistake and now no one can admit the error. The Joyce diary entries are tedious and nothing more than padding. I came to this novel with enthusiasm and expectation but it is the worst text I have read in years. Who actually writes fiction in the present tense and thinks it is cool? I despair that another one of these novels is already planned and I can see a film version of this on the television in the future as a Christmas special. Perhaps when ''Death in Paradise'' has had its day? Is that actually possible? If you are thinking of buying this for someone''s Christmas stocking, I urge caution. I like ''cosy''; it is not cosy like Agatha Christie might be. Someone who agrees with my assessment, said it reminded them of Enid Blyton. They are right. Instead of lashings of ginger beer however, we are given lemon drizzle cake instead. I admire the way Richard has transformed himself from a producer to a successful presenter. But I ask myself would this have been published if he was not a celebrity? I feel the pain of all the talented writers out there who fail to obtain a publishing deal and remain frustrated throughout their writing career. What a disappointment and an anti-climax. Coming to this having finished a David Nicholls novel the difference in characterisation, language and overall quality is immense. Not your finest moment Richard.
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Bizzy61
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Not for me
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2020
The wheel goes round and round, but it''s the same wheel, charming and witty, time after time. Very boring after the first two or three chapters. Not a very good novel, but a great idea for a novel that didn''t develop into one in spite of trying. 21/3/21. Revisited. Tried to...See more
The wheel goes round and round, but it''s the same wheel, charming and witty, time after time. Very boring after the first two or three chapters. Not a very good novel, but a great idea for a novel that didn''t develop into one in spite of trying. 21/3/21. Revisited. Tried to give it another go. Didn''t work, truly awful, do not understand on any level the 5 star reviews. Would really like to give zero stars but not possible.
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Sorbus
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Oh dear Mr Osman!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 12, 2020
Sunday Times Number one! Did they read the same book? I really like and enjoy Mr Os appearances and television personality and looked forward to reading his first crime writing effort. Usually I would not pay more than £5 for any Kindle book but decided in lockdown to...See more
Sunday Times Number one! Did they read the same book? I really like and enjoy Mr Os appearances and television personality and looked forward to reading his first crime writing effort. Usually I would not pay more than £5 for any Kindle book but decided in lockdown to indulge. What a mistake. The first half needs some severe editing. Using the character Elizabeth as pivotal (ex M15 or whatever) was a sloppy device. By the end I rather wished to share Penny''s state. Sorry Richard I really felt it all a bit "Pointless"
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