Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman


Paperback:   347 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Penguin Random House 2021

Source:  Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences: The following Thursday.... 'I was talking to a woman in Ruskin Court and she said she's on a diet,' says Joyce, finishing her glass of wine. 'She's eighty-two!'

Review Quote: 'Superbly entertaining' Guardian

My Opinion: Having been pleasantly surprised by 'The Thursday Murder Club' I was keen to read this sequel. It did not disappoint as Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and return just a week after the last story ended, with another mystery to solve, involving stolen diamonds and multiple murders.

Richard Osman writes with such humour and has introduced us to such wonderfully portrayed characters. Characters that one feels as a reader we are being given the opportunity to really get to know as they, plus some new faces, return.  'The Man Who Died Twice' therefore feels more familiar, it also has much more mystery to puzzle out, plus a cleverly written ending.

The characters and humour alone ensure that I am already looking forward to reading 'The Bullet That Missed' when it is published later this year. Whether your preference is for mystery or humour I can recommend this series and suggest they are best read in the right order to fully immerse yourself in the Coopers Chase Community. 

My Review of The Thursday Murder Club

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

It's the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

Author Profile:         

Courtesy of  Goodreads

Richard Osman was born in Billericay, Essex, England on  November 28, 1970. He is now well known as an author, producer and television presenter. The Thursday Murder Club was his first novel. He is well known for TV shows including Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He is also a regular on panel and game shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Taskmaster.

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