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The Thursday Murder Club

Osman, Richard, 1970- Book - 2020 Adult Book / Fiction / Mystery / General / Osman, Richard, Mystery / Osman, Richard None on shelf 97 requests on 12 copies Community Rating: 3.9 out of 5

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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. There's Red Ron, the infamous former socialist firebrand, still causing trouble; gentle Joyce, widowed, pining for another resident, but surely not as innocent as she seems; Ibrahim, a former therapist who undersands the darker side of human nature; and Elizabeth? Well, no one is quite sure who she really is, but she's definitely not a woman to underestimate. When a local developer is found dead, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. The friends might be septuagenarians, but they are cleverer than most. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before its too late?

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cozy up with The Thursday Murder Club submitted by camelsamba on July 23, 2021, 2:44pm It’s not often that the mystery series I read are laugh-out-loud funny, but this one is. It started on the first page: “Then she asked me to imagine this girl had been stabbed there or four times, just under the breastbone. In and out, in and out, very nasty, but without severing an artery. She was fairly quiet about the whole thing, because people were eating, and she does have some boundaries.” Even the first paragraph of the Acknowledgements made me laugh!

One of the reasons I laughed so much is that I could imagine my own parents, when they were in an independent living senior community, having these kinds of conversations. Not so much the solving murders angle, but just a group of elderly people, relying on their life experience and expertise, trying to solve problems and entertain one another. (And yes, the author relied on tropes of forgetfulness and physical frailty and etc in the elderly, but it always came across to me as a gentle acknowledgement, not belittling.)

Now granted, some of the situations force you to suspend disbelief, but you’re willing to do that, because you’ve come to admire and perhaps even love the members of The Thursday Murder Club. I certainly hope we get to spend more time with them. I wish my mother could have read it.

Old Folks Having Fun submitted by hiker15 on August 14, 2021, 8:03pm Seniors in a retirement home figure out a murder. But the fun in the story is how they have fun doing it. When I am a senior, I would like to be as alive as the characters in this story are (and not just sitting around waiting for life to pass me by). This book was a really good read (particularly if you are looking for a book to read in the winter-time and you just want a light, entertaining read).

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PUBLISHED
[New York, NY] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2020]
Year Published: 2020
Description: 355 pages ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781984880963
9781984880987

SUBJECTS
Older people -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Clubs -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.