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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller!

Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment

“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.” (Parade) 

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 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

What listeners say about The Thursday Murder Club

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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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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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Love love love this audio book

What a fun experience to listen to this book. Loveable characters, lots of twists. First Class narration. Fantastic. I will definitely be listening to this book lots of times.

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One of the Best

An absolutely brilliant first novel, but honestly, no one else could have done the job that Lesley Manville does in narrating it. She makes each and every character come alive with their very own voice and mannerisms.
Highly recommended--can’t wait for the sequel, The Man Who Died Twice. Kudos, Richard Osman!

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A cross between The Hardy Boys and Golden Girls

This book is a cross between the Hardy Boys and Golden Girls; 115 chapters, but most chapters are short as they move from scene to scene.

Lots of characters (suspects), most are very likable; even the bad ones. (My favorite is Bogdan).

You have to suspend belief in some places because clues just seem to fall into their lap, and there is as much idle chit chat (over drinks) as there is mystery, but you will be trying to solve the murder(s) and if you are old enough to appreciate the humor, you will be smiling throughout.

I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone under 50 since the plot is centered around events at a seniors home, but I'm personally looking forward to reading the second book in this series with most of the same characters involved.

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I HAD VERY HIGH HOPES FOR THIS BOOK BUT AFTER TRYING TO GET THROUGH IT IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS I JUST HAD TO SAY STOP!
THE STORY JUMPS AROUND, I NO LONGER CAN TELL WHO IS WHO OR WHY. VERY DISAPPOINTED

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A glorious whodunit.

Put the kettle on, and curl up with a good mystery. In the style of traditional mysteries, Richard Osman has created a world rich with humour, poignant relationships, and a puzzle — who killed Ian Ventham? The sleuths are ridiculously endearing. Characters with their own charms, strengths and quirks. I am so glad there are two more in the series, I can’t wait to revisit Coopers Chase. The narrator was spot on, making the audiobook easy to follow as she inflicted charm and expression into her reading. As a lover of traditional mysteries, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.

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Slowwwww

I had very high hopes for this book, but I'm nine chapters in, and it is meandering along at a snail's pace. I understand that this is a cozy mystery, whoch I usually enjoy, but I didn't expect it to be so slow. I'm also not sure when the humour that people have talked about is going to kick in. I'm going to give it a few chapters, but if it keeps going on like this I might abandon it.

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Absolutely recommend this one!

I listen to audio books all the time, and by that I mean three or four a week. Mostly I listen to crime fiction (eg Ian Rankin, etc.) or true crime books.
It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book as much as this one!
The characters are written so well, the reader quickly becomes interested and engaged with them and the story.
And the wit and humour are perfect! It’s not a “comedy” by any means, so there is nothing forced or “joke-like”, but rather humour in simple, everyday situations that provide laugh-out-loud moments.
There’s a treat at the end! An interview with the author and apparently there is a second book coming!
Pure enjoyment and I look forward to more from Mr. Osman!

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Fantastic!

Absolutely brilliant book, could not stop listening. So many twists and turns that threw me (in a fabulous way), keeping me guessing to the very end. I have already loaded the 2nd book and have to end here so I can start it!
Really enjoyed Leslie Manville as well, 5 stars!

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sabrina
  • 2021-04-24

I tried.

I could not finish this book. I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Rex Stout, MC Beaton, etc. Yet I could not get through this droning book. It was so tediously boring that I had restarted it 4 times because I caught myself not paying attention. I made it to chapter 34 out of 115. Yes, you read that correctly, 115 chapters! I do not understand why so many reviews said this book was so fantastic. The characters were boring and not fun as the reviews had stated. Rambling a lot about other nonsense that had no connection to the murder. I would not call this a murder mystery. It is like a weird soap opera mixed with nonsensical thoughts from the point of view of several characters and a murder thrown in. If you love hearing people's (some people you find completely unlikable) thoughts, page after page, then this is the book for you.

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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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  • Jane McDonald
  • 2020-12-21

I hope this isn’t another Pulitzer

Don’t know how many Stars to rate this. Stuck with it , am currently at chapter 119. Have a couple of more to go., Can’t always follow which is necessary to liking it, don’t know what to blame writer or reader or me. I am guilty of doing hand work while listening. Was considering a redo but it’s over 12 hrs and at 80 and don’t want to waste time. So maybe a sample try ? which I need to do before I click on buy

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