Review | The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club 2) by Richard Osman

Another satisfying mystery which improves on the first installment in the series. 4/5 stars.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman book cover

Thank you to Penguin UK for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

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?

My take:

[This will be a very short review to avoid any and all spoilers and because so many other people have reviewed this already. I don’t want to bore you.]

And … they’re back! Last year, I (along with most of the country!) read and enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club: Richard Osman’s first story about a group of sleuthing OAPs and the members of the local police unwittingly roped into their investigations. I liked the older protagonists, particularly Elizabeth, and am delighted they’re all back in this second installment in which Elizabeth gets even more to do and we find out about her past.

I think The Man Who Died Twice is an improvement on the first book in the series. Mostly because I found some elements of the mystery plot in The Thursday Murder Club impenetrable and confusing. This one, while full of twists and turns, is more straightforward. Also, as I’m now familiar with the main cast of characters, I could devote more attention to the whodunnit elements, making it all easier to follow and greater fun.

I guess you could read this book without having read The Thursday Murder Club, but I would always recommend reading a series of books in order so you can get the most out of continuing plot strands and character arcs.

Overall: even better than the first book in the series, The Man Who Died Twice is surely guaranteed to top the bestseller lists for a long time. I just hope the television adaptation is as much fun.

Claire Huston / Art and Soul

8 thoughts on “Review | The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club 2) by Richard Osman

  1. I have been wondering about this – I enjoyed the first book on many levels but on reflection I think it could perhaps have done with a good editor to remove some of the overly complex bits. From what you say I am not alone! I will probably get around this one at some point, as I can see it filling charity/seconhand shops for a while to come. Thanks for pointing out that it is better than the first !


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