The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
After having read The Silent Patient suddenly, my obsession with reading thrillers/murder mysteries got reignited. It used to be one of my favorite genres till I read one too many average thrillers and couldn’t find the “fun” – no pun intended – out of it.
But that was till I read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.
I’ve been seeing this book all over #bookstagram and after having read a few reviews, I decided to give it a shot. And I am glad that I did.
“You can have too much choice in this world. And when everyone has too much choice, it is also much harder to get chosen. And we all want to be chosen.”
The Thursday Murder Club is a story of 4 septuagenarians (this was the first time I came to know about this word through the story, it means people between 70-79 years of age) who are living in a luxurious retirement village in Kent UK. The 4 pensioners consisting of Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim form a club where they reopen old case files which Elizabeth has mysteriously found a stash of and discuss the details.
“The sun is up, the skies are blue, and murder is in the air”
The case files are usually of unsolved crimes and each of the four pensioners bring a skillset that truly glues them together and allows them to form a remarkable team. However, things take a turn when an actual murder takes place when a local developer of their retirement village is found dead in his home next to a picture which may or may not have a connection with one of the four from the Murder club.”
“At Coopers Chase, anytime you wanted to be alone, you would simply close your front door, and anytime you wanted to be with people, you would open it up again. If there was a better recipe for happiness than that, then Ibrahim was yet to hear it.”
Will The Thursday Murder Club be able to solve the case on their own? Or will they pull a few strings and show off some tricks that prove they have a lot left to give to this world?
But most importantly, are they in the last stretch of their life or just getting started. And is there only one murder they have to solve or multiple?
“Many years ago, everybody here would wake early because there was much to do and only so many hours in the day. Now they wake early because there is much to do and only so many days left.”
There were many things that attracted me towards The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, one of them being the plot having 4 main characters that are a bit older. Similarly, the book has a lot of dry British humour, stubbornness and aloofness that I enjoyed. Even though there were certain nuances that just went above my head.
“So every day Elizabeth opens her diary to a date two weeks ahead and writes herself a question. And every day she answers a question she set herself two weeks ago. This is her early-warning system. This is her team of scientists poring over seismology graphs. If there is going to be an earthquake, Elizabeth will be the first to know about it.”
When it comes to the actual plot, it is pretty much character driven and there are a lot of characters in this story. It can get a bit confusing keeping track of who is who and how are they connected to the 4 members of The Thursday Murder Club, and the ending just seemed a bit of a stretch in terms of how you find out who the murderer actually is and their motive.
“Ron, I didn’t really know how to ask for just an instant coffee, so I got us Caramel Frappuccinos.”
But the one thing that I really enjoyed about the book was reading about who Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron were, their background stories, their life now and how the four crossed paths. Also, these detectives wouldn’t get far without some insider scoop from the Police and the way they bring in two police detectives Donna and Chris into their group (without their consent which doesn’t matter apparently when you are dealing with senior citizens) was really hilarious.
“We all have a sob story, but we don’t all go around killing people.”
There are parts of this book that really make you laugh out loud, and the members of The Thursday Murder Club aren’t playing around even though one of them was an Intelligence agent, a nurse, a psychiatrist and a Trade Union worker who was also a bit of a rioter back in the day.
Also, the story isn’t just a murder mystery. There are so many layers to The Thursday Murder Club where you travel to different countries, read what old people think about dating apps, being one step ahead of the police, famous boxers, Priests who aren’t really priests and much more.
If you are looking for a good engaging, interesting, funny, mysterious and complex “who dunnit?” then The Thursday Murder Club awaits your presence in their club.
You won’t be disappointed.
Onto the basics:
- Rating: 4.0/5.0
- Reader level: Fairly easy but there is British slang and nuances you may need to look up.
- Favourite Quote: “In life you have to learn to count the good days. You have to tuck them in your pocket and carry them around with you. So I’m putting today in my pocket and I’m off to bed.”
- Should you read: If you love murder mysteries that have a light heartedness to it (even though that sounds like an irony), then yes read the Thursday Murder Club.
- Would I read it again: No, but I’ll love to read the sequel that is coming out this year.
Till next time,