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The Man Who Died Twice

The Man Who Died Twice

Richard Osman

31st October 2021

Richard Osman, surprise star author of the pandemic era, returns with his second novel about The Thursday Murder Club - a group of retirees who meet to study unsolved crimes.

I was a little worried that Osman wouldn’t be able to follow up the brilliance of his first novel, but I don’t think it was necessary.

The plot is perhaps a little outlandish, but follows gracefully from the characters created in the first novel, and indeed it is those characters who really make this book a delight. The narrative rotates around alignment, allowing us to see aspects of the story from everyone’s points of view.

But the best parts of the book are the many many places that Osman’s narrative makes me chuckle. There are excellent choices of phrase and moments of delight scattered all the way through, and I can only think that the person I overheard deriding the first book in the bookshop must have absolutely no sense of humour at all.

It’s great. Roll on book three.

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The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club

Richard Osman

11th October 2020

Richard Osman’s debut novel is a fantastic mystery set in and around a retirement village - hobbyists at investigating cold cases who are drawn into investigating the death of one of the park’s owners.

There’s a rich collection of characters drawn from multiple background, who paint an entertaining picture of life here. They are hilarious in the way they deal with others involved, and the gradual feeding of information about their backgrounds is perfect.

The plot is a great mystery and moves at an excellent pace, following a comfortable pattern of the classics of the mystery genre while still feeling fresh.

A great story with a fantastic cast - I can imagine someone’s already started adapting it for TV - and I’m already desperate to get my hands on the sequel.

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