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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Narrator: Lesley Manville
Published by Penguin Audio on September 22, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 12 hours, 25 minutes
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In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.
But when a local property developer shows up dead, 'The Thursday Murder Club' find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?
I am having a lot of trouble with starting books in new worlds these days, particularly when there are lots of characters and intricate layers of plot. The Thursday Murder Club is a masterwork of characters; it is a delight. But there are so many! The characters are all beautifully presented.
Our four septuagenarian stars are quite distinct and precious. Joyce is our only real point of view, as she writes her diary entries. These friends are comfortable; they know and support each others’ idiosyncrasies. There is something utterly charming and sometimes amusing about their investigation. Like Miss Marple, they know people through long observation, but they also have experience from their lives and a wide range of friends and contacts to gather the facts they need.
I loved watching them work out the possibilities and pursue information. Their initial group was formed going through cold cases from their friend, Penny, who was a cop and is now at the end of her days. But when a murder happens in their community, they are certain they can assist with a live case. They try to help the police with the investigation and humorously manage to run the case quite well.
I highly recommend this murder mystery with the amateurs in the chase. There was an interview at the end of the audio with the author and I’m thrilled to say this will be a series, with these easy-to-love characters, and more of their meddling with current cases I’m sure.
I don’t believe I have listened to this narrator previously. Her voice sounded correct for the locale and her performance added to the enjoyment with the emotional inflections. I listened a bit more slowly than usual at 1.25x because of the detailed plot and large number of characters.
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