The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman

In a small retirement village not much goes on, unless you count the four friends who meet every Thursday in the Jigsaw Room and call themselves; The Thursday Murder Club. These nearly 80-somethings discuss old crime reports and revel over crime scene photos but when a local murder rocks the village they decide it's time to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.


I received a copy of this through NetGalley and I want to say a big thank you to Penguin for letting me read an advanced copy.


This book has received rounds of applause from all readers but I am unfortunately not one of those readers. Richard Osman is a comedy favourite of mine and always adds a little sophistication to everything he does but 'The Thursday Murder Club' didn't hit the right marks for me. Whilst the writing was impeccable and everything that should have been there was, the book was slow and unmoving.


Whilst the premise of old people solving a murder seems interesting off the top I failed to remember actually my preference of murder mystery has a bit more grit to it. At the time of reading I was desperately in the mood for something stronger than a group of 80-somethings sitting around a table and discussing their theories. I will admit that being in the wrong mindset when I started this was an error of judgement on may part so I will give this one another try later down the line but only when I'm in the mood for a slow and relaxed murder mystery.


Osman's attempt to make mystery were lost on me, I could see the attempts but as the mystery was building there would always then be a distraction to another person or event that then lost the build-up and left me flat. This seemed most true of any involvement Elizabeth then had, the rest of the gaggle were fun and easy to connect to but something about the way Elizabeth was portrayed left me frustrated and not wanting to read further. The same can be said of the plot, I am usually all for finding out the truth and getting to the bottom of a murder but I just didn't care enough to find out what happened to Tony.


With all the above said, I did enjoy Osman's writing style and I did like the idea of the plot. Like I said above I will try it again, maybe in hardback form (my favourite) to give it another chance but this time round it was a big fat DNF at 38% for me.


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