The Man Who Died Twice (The Thursday Murder Club Book 2) (The Thursday Murder Club, 2) Hardcover – 16 Sept. 2021
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'I absolutely loved it. He's not only done it again, but he's done it even better.' -- Phillipa Perry
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'This slick sequel will leave you buzzing' -- The Times
'Full of humour and heart, Osman delivers another must-read. I loved it.' -- Harlan Coben
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- Publisher : Viking; 1st edition (16 Sept. 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241425425
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241425428
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First off I have to comment on how wonderful it is to be reunited with all these familiar characters. I’ve missed their camaraderie, their hilarious conversations, their individual foibles and their ability to behave badly without arousing suspicion. It’s all this plus the friendships, the loyalty and support that exist between the gang of four and their growing band of associates that makes this such a delight to read. The dialogue is off the scale humorous so that from the opening discussion in which Joyce is deliberating with her fellow murder club members whether to join Instagram or get a dog for company you know there are going to be laughs aplenty. I don’t think I’ve read a crime novel where I’ve laughed so much. Thanks to these intrepid, smart, inventive, resourceful and energetic lot who prove age is no barrier when it comes to enjoying life to the max I had a permanent grin on my face as I followed their escapades. I could only marvel at the ingenious ways in which they disentangle themselves from sticky situations, somehow never the worse for wear!
There’s been a few developments in the lives of these characters since we were last in their company but they are all still game for a laugh and ready to rise to this latest crime solving challenge. Formerly unlucky in love DCI Chris is now on a strict diet thanks to his blossoming relationship with Patrice, who just happens to be Donna’s mum; Joyce appears to have swapped baking cakes for making sequin embellished friendship bracelets; Bogdan is happily keeping Stephen company challenging him to countless chess games whilst Elizabeth is outmanoeuvring criminal masterminds and Donna still hasn’t found a suitable boyfriend. It’s fair to say I don’t think I could ever tire of these characters who for all their lighthearted silly banter are superb friends to one another. Ron’s friendship with Ibrahim, becoming his constant companion whilst this quiet,careful and unadventurous man slowly heals is so heartwarming. So too is the new found friendship between Ron’s grandson Kendrick and the ex psychiatrist who needless to say both prove invaluable in the race to discover the missing diamonds.
Combining Elizabeth’s sharp mind,Joyce’s flirting, Ibrahim’s impressive observational skills and Ron’s use of disguise and underhand tactics you can be sure that retrieving the stolen diamonds is on the cards. However Elizabeth and her acolytes have a few obstacles to overcome on the way to success. Expect danger, devious tactics, double crossings and a few dead bodies! Richard Osman skilfully weaves each strand of the plot together, drawing every single character into the main arena so you’re never quite sure what to expect next. Literally anything can and does happen! All in all it’s riotous, rollicking great fun!
As for characters it’s pointless trying to pick a favourite when the author spoils you for choice but I’m going to anyway! Elizabeth as the brains behind the operation obviously stands out but once again it’s ex nurse Joyce who through her diary entries had me in stitches. I just love her voice with it’s mixture of naivety, flirtatiousness, kindness and eccentricity. Her heart is pure gold but she isn’t above a bit of gentle persuasion and coercion as Ibrahim knows only too well! The other three members of the murder club couldn’t wish for a better friend. If I’m honest I love them all!
I like how underneath all the comic capering Richard Osman isn’t afraid to touch on the type of problems associated with old age such as dementia (Stephen) and how easy it can be to lose one’s confidence following an unexpected turn of events (Ibrahim). Without being in the least bit patronising and keeping the tone lighthearted he manages to address these issues with both wit, compassion and respect so despite the obstacles they face their value as characters is not diminished and they are not overlooked.
If you loved The Thursday Murder Club then I think you’ll love the sequel even more. Richard Osman has triumphed once again with a novel that provides fantastic all round entertainment. Quintessentially English, the plot is pacy, the characters are divine and the humour contagious so it’s hardly surprising The Man Who Died Twice has shot to the top (again!) of my list of favourite 2021 reads.Super easy to devour in one sitting this is one of those highly anticipated novels you can’t wait to start yet you don’t want to finish simply because you’re in such splendid company. This is a book that keeps on giving right up until the very last word. Fingers crossed this isn’t the last we’ll hear of the fabulous four. First class and without hesitation a 5 ⭐️read.
It turns out it had been written to get her attention by her feckless ex-husband and secret agent Douglas Middlemiss, who she had not seen in quite some time. However, he then pays her a visit as he's gotten himself into more than a little bit of a sticky situation with some thoroughly unforgiving individuals and is up to his neck in trouble. This spot of bother just happens to involve being in possession of 20 million pounds worth of stolen diamonds which he had pilfered from a notorious underworld figure and money launderer to the international crime community, Martin Lomax, who is now getting angrier and angrier at the situation by the minute. It doesn't take long before The NY Mafia catch wind of what's been going on, and because they have a threatening image to uphold as well as wanting their goods returned, they take drastic action. Murders and bodies begin to pile up and poor Ibrahim becomes the victim of a mugging when a group of teenagers steal his mobile phone and kick him in the head. Not long after, Douglas and his handler, Poppy, are shot dead.
Alongside a parallel investigation by the police over a wanted drugs trafficker, the Thursday Murder Club must fully reassemble and work together to both locate the missing jewels and stop the killing spree as well as decipher important clues before anyone else gets hurt. This is a riveting, charming and utterly captivating comic murder mystery that has all the charm of the debut with a bolstered sense of familiarity, reminiscent of old friends catching up over an Earl Grey, only with a dead body or two turning up as well. At the heart of this story is a warmth that Osman captures through the characters. Moments of meaning, humour, pain and happiness shared between the characters are integral to what makes this story special. It's intelligent, acutely perceptive and thoroughly entertaining and it is peopled with interesting, idiosyncratic characters that enhance the story at every quirky turn. There aren't many novels that can make me feel a sense of nostalgia when returning to a series, and I strongly felt overjoyed at being reacquainted with this odd little group of mainly elderly folk. A fun, offbeat and engaging mystery in which all the elements come together perfectly to create the most exquisite, enthralling and wickedly twisty crime fiction of 2021. Highly recommended.