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The Thursday Murder Club

(Thursday Murder Club #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  267,613 ratings  ·  29,297 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published September 3rd 2020 by Penguin
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Carole Hope I would only give it 1/5 on the basis of the effort of writing it. I can only assume it was published because of the high profile name. It’s as if I l…moreI would only give it 1/5 on the basis of the effort of writing it. I can only assume it was published because of the high profile name. It’s as if I live in a parallel universe seeing all the 5* reviews on various sites and the author’s gushing thanks to all the people that helped him. I lost track of all the characters and different strands of the story. And I had to consult the spoiler answers on here to make sense of it. I won’t be reading any future novels by him that’s for sure, which is a shame because the main characters are engaging and it’s a good concept for a series. I have a pretty good sense of humour and didn’t even giggle once, yet I read reviews about funny it is.(less)

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Nov 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unpopular opinion alert... but I thought that this book was kind of terrible.

It has a nice concept...sort of. It's partially set in a retirement village, and we are quickly introduced to a lot of quirky characters who have organised themselves into a 'Thursday Murder Club' in order to solve (solve? Discuss? Take a really weird illegal interest in?) crimes that happened a long time ago. So far, reasonably OK. When a real murder takes place adjacent to the community, the gang decide to throw thems
Celebrity writers can be a hit and miss experience, so it was with trepidation that I approached Richard Osman's quintessentially offbeat British character driven crime fiction debut, but I need not have worried, it's a belter, with its understated charm, humour and wit that beguiles. Set in Kent, four sprightly, remarkable agile, and energetic elderly folk exercise their considerable brain power into the solving of cold case murders from police files secretly acquired by the undisputed leader o ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
This book was enjoyable, I’m not going to deny that. I liked reading about the quirky characters and their penchant for solving murders. It was an intriguing and funny premise which did in a way deliver. But the problem was it was very slow and even though there were some twists and turns they were quite anticlimactic. There were too many character perspectives during the book that just seemed unnecessary and a bit confusing. In theory the story seems quite captivating, but in reality i
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a certain age, you can pretty much do whatever takes your fancy. No one tells you off, except for your doctors and your children.
The Thursday Murder Club meets every Thursday (hence the name) at Coopers Chase, a peaceful retirement community where nothing much happens. That is, until a murder occurs within its idyllic community, and four of its septuagenarian residents decide to stick their noses in and solve it themselves.

I was immediately taken with the quirky and loveable cast of ch
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla-libby
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Four residents of a very nice retirement village enjoy discussing unsolved crimes. They have quite the unofficial paper database because their former fourth of the club was Penny, who is now comatose and has been replaced by Joyce, as the fourth club member. But Penny's dear and devoted friend, Elizabeth, still has access to those files and makes good use of them. 

Enter a real live (or maybe the word dead should be used) crime when a developer for nearby
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
Laugh out loud funny!

“Always look where the action isn’t, because that’s where the action is.”

The Thursday Murder Club
is an intelligent mystery about a group of senior citizens who find themselves in the center of a murder investigation.

Every Thursday, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron, residents of Coopers Chase Retirement Village, meet to review cold case murder files. Their former careers provide them with the expertise to solve crimes, but it is not until a current murder takes place th
These characters are my life goals.
Solving murder mysteries while drinking with my friends?
Yes, that is how I imagine getting old. Older. And If I'm not up to the same ridiculous hijinks that I am now, I'll definitely be disappointed in myself.


I love that this is a book about 70somethings. I mean, it's great to read about young adults. They're fun and adorable and we've all been there, right? But I'm never going to be young again. I will, however, be 75. Or so I hope! So, reading a book about
Charlotte May
“The sun is up,the skies are blue and murder is in the air.”

Very good. VERY clever!

4 elderly friends living in a retirement village have regular meetings where they look at cold cases and see if they can solve them.

When two people are murdered in short succession it seems the friends have a live case fall right into their laps!

Bossy Elizabeth, sweet Joyce, intelligent Ibrahim and feisty but lovable Ron all stick their noses in where they don’t belong and use their years of experience to fin
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
There seems to be an abundance of books this year about older folks and I have loved all the ones I’ve read. “Exit” by Belinda Bauer, “The Postscript Murders” by Elly Griffiths, and now this novel, what a run of good reads!!

I did not know that Richard Osman was a BBC announcer and celebrity, but I applaud him for writing this engaging, offbeat British crime novel. I enjoyed the plot of this novel but it’s the characters that make it special!

I thought it started off a bit slowly, having to intro
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a totally engaging and entertaining read. I guess it is the so called baby boomers causing this recent influx of books about old folks in the last stages of their lives and still living it to the full. I totally approve and found this particular example, The Thursday Murder Club, to be inspiring and completely captivating.

There are murders and mysteries but the characters are the all absorbing factor. There is the wonderful Elizabeth with her mysterious past and her access to government inf
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book turned out to be a perfect weekend read for me. A multi-layered mystery which despite several murders, including cold cases, refrains from being graphic.
Senior citizens, who live together on an estate built for rather well-off retirees try to keep their 'grey cells' working, set up a Murder Club which meets every Thursday. The Club focuses of old cases mainly but when a murder is committed just round the corner, they cannot refuse the challenge.
There are many dynamic characters, each
Michael David (on hiatus)
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This fun book gave off tons of joy as I made myself an honorary member of The Thursday Murder Club while reading it. 🕵️‍♂️

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim are four friends who live in a quiet retirement community...well, mostly quiet with the exception of the four of them. They have a weekly get together, The Thursday Murder Club, where they try to solve old murder cases. You can imagine their utter delight when a current murder occurs, with ties to their retirement community. Now, they are o
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
The premise was more interesting than the execution.

I do think the characters are likeable and the ending was good but I would have struggled to finish it if I hadn't been told book 2 was going to be much better. We'll see if it's true!
Holly  B
Adored everything about it!! Late to the party though....

I wanted to read this one in anticipation of the author's newest, The Man Who Died Twice, which I've already pre-ordered and can't wait to read in September.

What is not to love?

A cast of charming, witty, loveable and unforgettable characters. They meet every Thursday in the Jigsaw Room at their posh retirement community. Four septuagenarians who work on cold cases until they luck out and get a "live case". This is what they live for, these
Joanna Chu (The ChuseyReader)
Oh no, unpopular review. Sorry to be the negative nancy here, I think this book just wasn’t for me. I really need a exciting and edge of my seat book after this one.

You will like this if you want:

• A very light read

• Some humour

• Fun characters with a side of mystery

What I didn’t like:

• Overall it was boring, snail pace and not much actually happened in between the few major events. In fact 90% of the novel felt like meandering fillers.

• I was never immersed, had zero interest in the case whic
I’m kinda bummed as I write this review - not because this book, which I listened to on audiobook, is anything less than charming and delightfully well-written, because it is those things and Richard Osman deserves all the praise he’s getting for it. The narration by Lesley Manville is truly absolute perfection as well. Really. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

It’s just: why did my mind decide to pick this particular book that I’ve so been looking forward to, to behave like a distractible hype
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So, do you need a fun read? Let me recommend The Thursday Murder Club. Four septuagenarians meet weekly to review unsolved murders. Until a real live murder lands in their laps. Helping them in their cause is a young PC helping with her first murder investigation and the DS who is actually in charge of the investigation .
This is a character rich story. We hear mostly from Elizabeth, with an unspecified, but rich, background and Joyce, a retired nurse. Ibrahim, a psychologist and Ron, a labor or
Jan 25, 2021 marked it as dnf
Dnf at 20%. As a fan of true crime, I love this premise: four elderly residents in a retirement home form a murder club to dissect cold cases. It beats bingo, right? The plot becomes even more interesting when a man is killed and they put their skills to use to investigate the murder.

I loved the humor, and the fact that the elderly were depicted as ingenious, resourceful, and whip smart.

I started with the audio, became confused and lost track of the story so I picked up the e-book thinking I’d
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: A question had been nagging at Donna throughout lunch. 'So, if you don't mind me asking, I know you all live at Coopers Chase, but how did the four of you become friends?'

'Friends?' Elizabeth seems amused. 'Oh, we're not friends, dear.'

Ron is chuckling. 'Christ, love, no, we're not friends. Do you need a top-up, Liz?'

Elizabeth nods and Ron pours. They are on a second bottle. It is 12:15.

Ibrahim agrees. 'I don't think friends is the word. We wouldn't choose to socialize, we have very dif
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TV presenter Richard Osman's debut novel is a charming and delightful cosy mystery composed of interesting characters and infused with wit and a sense of fun.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibriham all live in a swanky up-market retirement village in Kent, with it's own 'contemporary upscale restaurant' and a full range of sporting and recreational activities including numerous clubs and interest groups. The four retirees all belong to the Thursday Murder Club, originally set up by Elizabeth (an ex sp
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, buddy-read
There are many clubs you can join in the retirement community of Cooper’s Chase.

Conversational French
Chat and Crochet
Knit and Natter
And Cryptic Crossword
(to name just a few)

But, there is only one that you must be invited to join..“The Thursday Murder Club” -members-4

Elizabeth, Ron, Ibrahim, and new member, Joyce gather in the “Jigsaw Room” on Thursdays to discuss “cold cases” from the “borrowed” files of a former member, Penny, who had been an Inspector in the Kent Police for many years.

Ali Goodwin
Oct 21, 2022 rated it did not like it
I'm SOOOO sad that I hated this book🙈 I was so excited going into this book because the plot sounds sooo good but I ended up DNFing it before page 100. I think thats the fastest I've ever DNFed a book. I just could not get into the writing style. There were so many characters I kept getting confused and nothing was holding my interest. ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I know..I don't know what to say. I rarely DNF but this is going to be my first DNF of 2021. Life is too short and I just can't. I tried to love it. I know this is a very unpopular opinion but I just couldn't get into this book. It just dragged and dragged on for me.

However, everyone that I know pretty much gave this a 5 star review! So I guess I just didn't click with this book.
4.5 rounded to 5 stars

Well, this is the first book that made me want to be old. This is a highly entertaining and amusing British murder mystery where the sleuths are all pushing eighty. The setting is a retirement village complete with nursing home. Our heroes are Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron, and their leader Elizabeth. They are the members of The Thursday Murder Club. These remarkably bright and energetic oldsters worm their way into the police investigation of local sinister happenings. The story
Nov 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman is a 2020 Penguin publication.

Cooper’s Chase retirement home is secretly harboring a group of four septuagenarians’ amateur sleuths who meet on Thursdays in the never used ‘jigsaw’ room to work on solving cold cases.

Meet Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron- the crew working through the files of Elizeth's friend, Penny Gray, a former police officer.

When the development's owner's partner is murdered, right after they witnessed the two men arguing, the ga
Nov 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fulfilling my 2021 goal to read one book each month by an author i have never read despite owning more than one of their books.


that's it. that's the review.

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Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allow me to introduce you to the Thursday Murder Club members who all live in Coopers Chase Retirement Village in Kent. There’s Elizabeth who has a very mysterious and intriguing past, then there’s Joyce an ex-nurse, firebrand Red Ron Richie scourge of whatever needs scourging and Ibrahim Arif a retired psychiatrist. Now if you think because they live in a retirement village they are past it, let me disillusion you here and now. They’re sharper than the sharpest tacks especially Elizabeth. They ...more
A story set in an upmarket set of apartments for the elderly, a slightly fluid group of them investigate 'cold cases' and/or 'old cases' to see if they can uncover anything, when a murder of a mutual working acquaintance sees them having a real live murder case to investigate. How will the police deal with this strongly interventionist but also pretty smart crew. And what will they all do if there are more murders to come? I'd love to tell you but it's time for tea-break and maybe a sneaky scone ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
I will confess, I am on the better side of being an oldster, and I do enjoy books where oldsters still function, use their brain cells and are not pictured as people sitting in their wheelchairs knocking at heaven's gate.

I was pleased to read Richard Osman's book that not only provided hours of good writing, but also in its way a tribute to the people of a certain age, grace, acuity, and intelligence. His characters were no toddling old people (well some did have some issues) but a group that p
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-crime
3.5 Stars

An entertaining and cozy Murder mystery, one of those books you pick up and find yourself turning the pages effortlessly.

The perfect murder mystery for light January reading, its light and fresh with a little silly humour thrown in for good measure and this was an enjoyable read for me.

I am not a fan of murder mystery style novels but something about the premise of this one just caught my attention. It was light easy reading for the times that are in it. The story is easy to follow
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