Micro review: ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ by Richard Osman – Times of India

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British TV presenter Richard Osman’s debut crime fiction novel ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ released in September 2020 and became an instant bestseller. ‘The Thursday Murder Club’, which is the first book in the Thursday Murder Club series, follows four septuagenarians who meet every week to discuss unsolved killings.

Elizabeth, Joyce Meadowcroft, Ibrahim Arif and Ron Richie, all close to their 80s, live in a luxury retirement village Coopers Chase in England countryside. Every week the four senior citizens meet and discuss unsolved murder mysteries from the files of an ex-police officer Penny Gray, who is now in a comatose state. All four come from different backgrounds and vast experiences of their own– Elizabeth is maybe a former spy, Joyce Meadowcroft is a former nurse, Ibrahim Arif is a former psychiatrist and Ron Richie is an ex-trade union member. Meanwhile, Ian Ventham, owner of Coopers Chase, decides to expand the village. But since it is built on a convent, construction leads to digging up of dead bodies and relocating them– a decision which is opposed by Coopers Chase residents. When Ventham’s aide Tony Curran is found murdered at his home, the four septuagenarians find their first murder case to solve. And they soon realise that it was not just people but dark secrets too which were buried years ago at the convent.

Through strong, independent and sassy senior citizens, who are the main characters of this story, Osman breaks down preconceived notions about old age. Their individualities and zest for life make them memorable characters long after you have read the book. This funny and intelligent whodunit is full of twists and turns which will keep the readers entertained. Add this book to your reading list, before it is adapted for screen as the book’s global film rights have been bought by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

How critics view the book:

Calling it a “cosy crime caper”,
Alfred Hickling writes for
The Guardian, “Osman’s plotting is both deft and daft in equal measure; and the key members of the over-60s murder squad are distinctly drawn.”

Kirkus Review writes, “A top-class cozy infused with dry wit and charming characters who draw you in and leave you wanting more, please.”



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