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?
Set in a retirement village, the reader is introduced to the Thursday Murder Club, a group of four intrepid residents who meet on – you guessed it – Thursday mornings to try to solve cold cases. They’re in the midst of one such investigation when a local man is murdered, and they see their opportunity to get involved in a live case as it happens. The Thursday Murder Club is what I’d consider to be cosy crime, and the mystery within its pages is as complex and difficult to solve as any you could wish for. Of course, I thought I’d been terribly clever in working it all out, only to find that I’d been led astray by the red herrings in the novel. It’s a brilliant and engaging mystery, and this is a novel to sit back and relax with as you watch the Thursday Murder Club at work.
What really makes this novel standout for me is the four protagonists – Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim, and Ron. I love that this novel features characters who are older than those that you would usually find in such tales, and the way that their own skills and backgrounds are so different. These are people who probably wouldn’t have crossed paths in their younger days, and yet have become good friends despite, or in spite of, their differences. Each has the opportunity to shine as their different areas of expertise become relevant to the investigation, although it’s fair to say that they are led and directed by Elizabeth for the most part. It’s a joy watching them figure it all out, working with the police to gain additional insight and sharing their own findings – when they’re ready to do so – in exchange.
While I love all four members of the Thursday Murder Club, Joyce is my favourite. A former nurse, she is very good at playing a quiet and unassuming role, more than happy to play the grandmotherly card to her advantage. The novel uses extracts from Joyce’s diary to supplement the narrative, providing a little extra insight into the goings on at the retirement home, the investigation, and the characters. Elizabeth is also a lot of fun, and the person in the group with the connections to help them with their cases when they have questions about anything outside of their own spheres of knowledge. It’s not exactly clear what her background entails – I have my suspicion that not even Mr Osman knows exactly what it is she used to do! – but she knows a lot of people and is owed a seemingly endless number of favours that prove valuable to the team.
Told with exceptional warmth and a very British sense of humour, The Thursday Murder Club is a wonderful novel and a clever and intriguing mystery. Highly recommended, and I can’t wait for the follow up!
The Thursday Murder Club is available now in hardback, digital, and audio formats. Many thanks to the publisher, Viking, and to Ellie Hudson for the opportunity to read and review as part of the blog tour.
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