Title: The Thursday Murder Club
Author: Richard Osman
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Humor
My first “adult” job was as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in a nursing home. I spent three years as an extended family member for dozens of people, who were often living their final years.
I could write a blog series about my lessons learned from my residents, and maybe someday I will. But one thing that stuck out the most is this: our elders are funny.
A lifetime of experiences mixed with a healthy dose of not giving a f*** is humor’s perfect recipe. My residents laughed and made me laugh every day. The residents in The Thursday Murder Club exude humor. Thank you, Richard Osman, for writing a story that brings back many fond memories.
Septuagenarians Elizabeth, Joyce, Rob, and Ibrahim (the “Thursday Murder Club”) live in a beautiful retirement village. They meet weekly to discuss unsolved murders—the club shifts from weekly entertainment when the retirement village’s developer is murdered. The bodies multiply as the club finds themselves proving they can solve a live case.
The Thursday Murder Club made me laugh and kept me on the edge of my seat. Who would have thought a single book could have so much to offer? It’s by far one of the most entertaining and unique mystery books I’ve read.
What I Liked Most
The dry humor scattered throughout this book is my absolute favorite for reasons I expressed in the post introduction. It’s subtle. I hope it’s not lost on most readers as you may need to have close relationships with older generations to pick up on it.
Joyce’s journal entries are entertaining. They help quickly move through the details of the story. And she’s funny.
The plot is brilliant.
What I Didn’t Like
The investigation dives into old mob-like rivals and unsolved cases. When investigated by a group of Septuagenarians (as the author labels these characters), it’s a bit of a stretch.
But the Thursday Murder Club is meant to be surprising, and I think the underlying theme is not to underestimate our elders. I appreciate the mystery’s complexity. It provides scene opportunities and humor that probably wouldn’t exist without it.
Should you read it?
The Thursday Murder Club is a funny and thrilling murder mystery book with a brilliant plot. I recommend this book for mystery fans and non-mystery fans alike.
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