It’s the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?
Number of Pages: 432 Pages
Date of Publication: 16/09/2021
The author of this book is Richard Osman. The book has been published by Penguin Books.
Review: Second books in planned series can often feel more like fillers and rely on your investment with the characters to work however ‘The Man Who Died Twice’ didn’t feel this way at all. The Thursday Murder Club is back with all my favourite characters and it was great to have so much continued character development and get to know more about their personalities and their pasts. We get to see another side of each of them and also see how their friendships have grown stronger than ever after the events of the previous book and how they support each other no matter what. None of the characters felt side-lined or forced into the story and every single character is important to the plot and everything that they do and say is essential to the story. It is so refreshing to read a story where the characters are pensioners and how their life experience is helping them resolve mysterys but we also see a vulnerability and fragility that is very real.
It is clear that Osman’s novel writing skills have improved and this book feels even more polished than the last one. He has written a book with characters that feel so real and well realised, with real feelings and believable conversations. The plot, the characters, the places and every single detail is well described making it hard to put the book down as you don’t want to miss anything.
This is such a heart-warming and at times heart-breaking book full of funny moments with a story that is full of adventure, twists and where friendship is everything.
Also I just want to say that I loved the name of this book as it is such a simple title but at the end it has a bigger meaning that I first gave it credit for. Definitely a book a must read.
This book has become one of my favourites sequels ever.
Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops.