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Publisher's Summary

"A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom...such fun!" (Kate Atkinson, number one New York Times best-selling author of Big Sky

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves. 

A female cop with her first big case.

A brutal murder.

Welcome to...the Thursday Murder Club.

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. 

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club members suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. 

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?

©2020 Richard Osman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Funny, clever and compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled.” (Harlan Coben, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Boy from the Woods)

“I don’t know how to do this brilliant book justice. Diabolically clever, very funny, highly entertaining - utterly delightful. I completely fell in love with it. I need more of The Thursday Murder Club!” (Shari Lapena, New York Times best-selling author of The Couple Next Door

“Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so very funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy.” (Marian Keyes, international best-selling author of The Break

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An original delight!

This was very entertaining and surprisingly optimistic for a crime novel. The reader did justice to the diverse cast of characters. Very much looking forward to the next book.

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Audio volume continuously changes.

I devoured this story. My only criticism of the production is the sound quality. The volume fluctuates between edits which for some of us, keeps braking the spell.

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What a first novel!!

Richard Osman has given us wonderful characters, a great story line and can’t wait for the next one. Narrator is very good and the end interview is excellent

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Underwhelmed

A bit contrived, in my opinion. Characters too stereotypical, plot lines too convenient and suspense completely lacking. If all you want is a simple read, I guess this could work but I'm sure there are many others more satisfying.

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Wonderfully original

Absolutely wonderful. Charming and funny. Loved the characters and the storyline. Can't wait for the sequel.

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Brilliant!

Don't miss this one! Superb writing and narration. Characters and story wonderful. Great mystery too!

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  • Kira W
  • 2020-09-30

Definite twists

The author kept me second guessing who the real killer was the entire time. Highly recommend 👌

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  • M. Wilson
  • 2020-09-29

I want join The Thursday Murder Club

This book was such a delight! The plot has many twists and the characters are so well written. You will want to be friends with most of them. Please make a movie or TV show of this!

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  • Anne Rivers
  • 2020-10-29

Loved the book but needed better audio production

This book was very well written and very well read by the narrator. However each chapter was a different sound level. That got to be a bit annoying as there were over 100 chapters. I had to reset the sound level for each one.

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  • A. Kiss
  • 2020-10-07

Very entertaining, endless plot twists

I'm a big reader of murder mysteries, and this one quickly became one of my favorites. It's so well plotted, with so many twists and red herrings, but also enough clues scattered along the way that you can pick up on if you read very carefully (or, like me, not pick them up until later when they're pointed out to you...). The characters are great, multidimensional, funny and smart and tender and flawed in endearing ways. It's a great setting for a murder mystery too. I just wish Cooper's Chase were real so I could move there.

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  • Heidi
  • 2020-10-16

If you like Alexander McCall Smith you will love The Thursday Murder Club

New author. First novel. Home run out of the park. This book came to my notice on my audible feed and while I usually ignore such prompts am so glad I gave the TMC a try. Great narration, fabulous characters— a fun cozy mystery with both laughs and soul. Two thumbs way up.

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  • Prime Shopper
  • 2020-12-13

Not a real mystery - just very silly

The writing is good, the performance is okay, but the story just drags on and on through a lot of silliness. If you like actual mysteries, you will not like this book.

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  • Keenan
  • 2020-10-14

A pancea for these times

The club consists of four retired individuals living in a Kent, England, retirement community. They meet weekly to discuss cold cases purloined from the files of a past member, a detective. Meanwhile the developer of the retirement community wants to add additional housing by removing a convent's burial ground and building on that space he now owns. Everyone else is opposed to it. As the conflict develops, his contractor is murdered. So the Thursday Murder Club are now investigating an open case. The characters are delightful. The plot progresses logically yet with surprises. It ends satisfyingly. This book would be attractive to lovers of Golden Age mystery and traditional mystery. The narrator is very talented but the recording quality is uneven. Still, if you aren't British, I'd recommend listening to the audio because the performance brings out the British sense of humor you would otherwise miss.

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  • M. A. Jones
  • 2020-10-11

Fabulously entertaining!

This is a book to return to, again and again. It's that much fun. When I read the description, I thought, OK. How bad could it be? Well, I was wonderfully surprised by the rich characterizations, twisty plot, and droll wit. It's all good. Try it. I'm am SO glad that I did. And I hear there's another volume in the works. Yay!

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  • Bill
  • 2021-01-14

Social Justice with your Crimes

I liked the characters very much. The plot was overwrought but clever. Maybe too clever. But the “woke” social justice droppings were so blatant they spoiled what would have been an enjoyable read. I go to church to hear a sermon.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2020-12-16

Every moment is a drop of honey

Clever, witty, brilliant. Remarkable characters I will never forget. So much so, the actual mysteries are secondary. I just didn’t want it to end. Author Marian Keyes believes it is a classic. Who am I to disagree?

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