Murder mysteries set in quaint English villages are typical. Four amateur sleuths in their 70s are not. Meet the members of The Thursday Murder Club.
The fictional Coopers Chase is a luxury retirement community. Every Thursday, four of the residents (Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Joyce, and Ron) meet in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes. They call themselves “The Thursday Murder Club”.
In their professional lives, Ibrahim was a psychiatrist, Joyce was a nurse, Elizabeth won’t say what she did, and Ron was a trade union leader. Ron’s particular skill is that he doesn’t believe a word anyone says, which comes in handy when reviewing old police files.
When a murder takes place in the local village of Fairhaven, just about the worst thing the police can do is underestimate The Thursday Murder Club.
Like any cozy mystery, there are no gory descriptions and few moments of angst.
Unlike other cozy mysteries, this book cuts deeper with sharp portrayals of our amateur sleuths and the realities of getting older. (Read the acknowledgments to find out how the author achieves this level of authenticity.)
If you have lived long enough, these depictions may feel familiar as the story floats from humorous to heartbreaking and back again, often within the same page.
“The Thursday Murder Club” is a debut novel from Richard Osman and is well worth the visit to this quaint English village.
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