Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Good morning my loves!

I hope you’re had a great week, whatever it is you’re up to. I’ve not blogged for a while and it feels so nice to get back to writing content again – I’ve really missed it! Today’s post is my review for the upcoming book from famed telly presenter Richard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club. So, let’s get into it shall we?

*  Thank you to Viking Books for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Title: The Thursday Murder Club
Author: Richard Osman
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
My rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.13
Pages: 336
Genre: Fiction, mystery, crime, thriller


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

But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The four friends, 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?


I’m always a little dubious when celebrities write fiction. It’s not their fault, its some kind of bias that I have – I am trying to be better, promise. But, having watched Richard Osman on TV for many years, it was clear that he is very articulate, and so I thought, more than capable of writing a book. But, did he have the imagination to do so? And the long and short of it is yes, he absolutely does.

So many aspects of this book caught my attention first off; the title. A club, no doubt. But did they attempt to solve murders or commit them? Secondly, that it was written by RIchard Osman, who is someone that I admire and watch on TV regularly. Finally, the setting. A murder mystery set at a luxury retirement village? Where the elderly residents get up to a spot of detective work? Yes please. That had me sold.

The Thursday Murder Club could have gone one of two ways. It could have been a spectacular book with a great plot and fantastic characters, or it could have been a disaster. I am so thrilled to say that it was the former, in every way possible. A superb book in all regards.

‘The Gang’ as I affectionately call them, are all, in their own ways, fantastic. Human, flawed, and complete. Each with their own distinctive narrative voice. I have to say, of them all, Joyce was absolutely my favourite. Although Elizabeth might be the obvious choice, with her sharp intelligence, Joyce just made me feel all of the feels.

I won’t give anything away about the plot as that’s something that should be discovered while reading. But I will say this, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you enthralled in the story. Some that I saw coming, and some that I didn’t.

Overall, The Thursday Murder Club has shot to being one of my favourite books of the year, because it has it all, intelligent plot lines, thrilling twists and wholly real characters. I laughed, I gasped and I wept. I couldn’t be more thrilled that this is going to be part of a series and I would happily read dozens of books about this gang and their adventures.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman hits shelves on the 3rd of September!

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