The Thursday Murder Club

Paperback, 400 pages

English language

Published Jan. 30, 2020 by Penguin Books, Limited.

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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?

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The Thursday Murder Club

4 stars

1) "Killing someone is easy. Hiding the body, now, that's usually the hard part. That's how you get caught. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the right place, though. The perfect place, really. I come back from time to time, just to make sure everything is still safe and sound. It always is, and I suppose it always will be. Sometimes I'll have a cigarette, which I know I shouldn't, but it's my only vice."

2) "He takes an envelope out of his pocket. 'All right, Bogdan, fair's fair. Here's three grand. That do you?' Bogdan looks weary. 'Three grand, sure.' Ian hands it over. 'It's actually £2,800, but that's near enough between friends. Now, I wanted to ask you about something.' 'Sure,' says Bogdan, pocketing the money. 'You seem a bright lad, Bogdan.' Bogdan shrugs. 'Well, I speak fluent Polish.'"

3) "Elizabeth and Joyce settle into conversation. They …

Lovely to listen to

5 stars

Ended up listening to this as an audiobook after mildly panicking that the third in the series was about to lob, and I was still struggling to get to this debut on the teetering unread pile. Glad I did.

Fans of this style of novel will be well aware of the buzz around THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB (the book name / and the group that it features). Four people from a retirement village (Cooper's Chase) who meet weekly to investigate unsolved mysteries, the old hands Elizabeth, Ibraham and Ronald are joined by recent arrival Joyce, just as two murders occur right on their doorstep.

Causing a bit of havoc for PC Donna De Freitas and DC Chris Hudson along the way, De Freitas twigs very early on that an offer to co-operate with this wily bunch is better than trying to stop them from getting involved. Not only does it …

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2 stars

Gave up. I know everyone loves this book at at the start I enjoyed it too. The premise is great and to begin with the plot romps along, I even ignored silly and ridiculous things happening that would never galen in real life. But eventually the constant "not really getting anywhere" just left me no longer caring who did what and why. I gave up. The book just feels over long to get wherever its going.

A rather cosy little murder

4 stars

In a retirement village, Joyce is asked a question by member (well leader, let's be honest) of the Thursday Murder Club Elizabeth about how long it would take to bleed out from a certain wound. They meet in the jigsaw room every Thursday hence the name. There she meets the tough as nails but heart of gold Ron and the ex-psychologist Ibrahim.

Together they solve cold cases. But when a murder occurs related to their retirement village it uncovers secrets that end up closer to home.

Mechanically the story alternates between Joyce's journal entries and a third person view but it does have a fairly decent pace.

The characters a very likeable and have very distinct approaches, Elizabeth has many contacts and is very observant (with a history that's very hush hush), Ron is rough around the edges, Ibrahim is more for the analysis (and I suppose the little grey …

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