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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Thursday Murder Club | Review

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐

"In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?"


The Thursday Murder Club is the first novel in a mystery series of the same name by Richard Osman.

I took a risk picking this book up because this is a non-detective mystery, and those don't really vibe with me. This is the book of the month for Emily Fox's book club, so I thought I would at least give it a try considering how highly rated this is for a debut book that came out only two years ago.

Unfortunately for me, the novelty or charmingness of the concept ended up wearing off pretty fast leaving me with a story I wasn't invested in nor interested in. I don't have many in-depth thoughts about the book, so I am going to quickly sum it up.

Firstly, I wasn't a fan of the multiple perspectives. I don't like it in general when books follow a wide range of characters, and it didn't work for this either. It should have just stuck to Joyce or the members of the club and that's it.

Secondly, we have the story. I did find the concept interesting at first because it was kind of comical to imagine a group of elderly sitting around a table talking murder, but I got tired of it pretty quickly. They pretty much do whatever they want because they are old and don't care about consequences anymore and want to be the ones who can have fun and solve the case themselves. They make it more of a game than a genuine effort to find the killers.

Overall though, what I just said aside, this was just kind of boring. It was a bit too slow and lacklustre for me, and the characters, who you are supposed to like and connect with, did nothing but mildly annoy me at times.

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