Book Review – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

A group of seniors living in a retirement village meet up every week to talk about and try to solve cold cases. When they find themselves in the midst of a real-life murder investigation, needless to say they are very excited!

thursday murder club by richard osman

“After a certain age, you can pretty much do whatever takes your fancy. No one tells you off, except for your doctors and your children.”

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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. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

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?


My Review

So, unpopular opinion time now I think. I picked up The Thursday Murder Club because everybody was raving about it. I tend to enjoy a good thriller/mystery and the hype surrounding this one combined with all the amazing reviews I thought I was going to be in for a real treat. 

I’m disappointed to say that I didn’t really like it as much as everyone else seems to.

I listened to the Audiobook and one thing I will say is that the narration was absolutely top-notch. I really enjoyed listening to it and as I was typically listening while walking the dog I imagine anyone walking past me must have thought I was a bit of a loony, laughing out loud to myself at random intervals.

This book is very funny. The characters are hilarious and are absolutely bursting with personality. If I could give the book 5 stars based on that alone then I would. 

The problem I found is there are so very many characters in this story that I found myself often confused and losing track of who was who and what was happening.

I was not very invested in the mystery and when it was actually revealed I felt a bit like, “oh well, who cares anyway?”

I found it really, really easy to stop the book after a chapter or two and didn’t feel any urge to pick it back up until I went for my next walk which I think says quite a lot. It took me absolutely ages to finish it and when it was over I felt relief to be honest.

It’s enjoyable enough but certainly not all it was hyped up to be for me.


Have you read this book? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s discuss! ♥


  1. I think we are very alike in our tastes. I am listening to this at the moment on audiobook. I listen to it on the drive to and from work which at the moment is every other week and I’m not desperate to pick it back up in between! I love the narrator and Elizabeth’s character but I am getting a bit confused with it all and find myself drifting away and then realising that I’ve not paid attention to the last chapter!

    1. That is the exact problem I had! I don’t usually have a problem with zoning out with audiobooks so I have no idea why it was happening so much with this one! It’s definitely not a problem with the narrator because I think she is actually very good. I don’t know exactly what the problem was, it was weird!

  2. Oh man, it’s always a let down when you read a book because everyone is raving about it but it just doesn’t live up to all the hype. I’ve had that happen a number of times and it led me to stop reading books based on hype. At least the narrator did a good job with the audiobook, that can really make or break a book in my opinion. Even though you didn’t enjoy this one, I appreciate your honest review.

  3. I’m the same! I’m actually yet to finish it because I’m just not that interested. I actually feel like humour for me, didn’t come across all that well, maybe it’s better in the audio version! But I just don’t feel invested in the story really, was quite disappointed!

    1. I am not sure the humour would have been as good if I were reading it to be fair… it’s the woman who is narrating it who brings it to life and really makes me laugh to be honest! Sorry you weren’t so keen either but glad that I am not alone in my opinion ♥

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