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The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman
Narrator: Fiona Shaw
Series: Thursday Murder Club #3
Published by Penguin Audio on September 20, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 11 hours, 15 minutes
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Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.
To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed...
While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?
It is always a pleasure to ride along with the Thursday Murder Club series. The main characters are 4 seniors in a home in England. They each have their own skills and capabilities. Chapters are set in alternating points of view of the Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim and Ron. Sometimes it is in their friend or even suspects point of view. We even get the point of view of Alan, Joyce’s dog!
The foursome is looking into a cold case. It is a combination of theft and murder. The murder was of a journalist who was thought to have caught on to the scheme of the theft. They go to see a show of one of the journalists co-worker hopting to gather some information. Concurrently, Elizabeth and Stephen are kidnapped and told that Elizabeth much murder someone or their kidnapper wil murder Joyce.
I enjoy them so much! They are the most endearing people, smart and funny and loyal. They do some outrageous things and it is hilarious. Joyce has a possible crush. She’s enjoying her new dog and Instagram page. Elizabeth is worried about her husband and his increasing dementia. Ron has a new girlfriend. Ibrahim is mostly recovered from the last adventure and is trying a new client.
Joyce was looking up some information for their case. She talks about how she couldn’t find it on Google. Then says she even tried looking it up on Bing, to get the same result, only more slowly.
They are in situations which seem quite dangerous. Luckily, many don’t take them seriously, to their complete detriment. Also, their great experience in life, seems to keep them calm and competent in the worst situations. I loved this so much and can’t recommend it more highly. I would read them in order just because you don’t want to miss any of them. There was a lovely chat at the end with the author and I’m pleased to know there will definitely be more books.
Lesley Manville narrated the previous two books so I was a little worried since I don’t always transition well to a new narrator once I get one in my head. While I noticed a difference, I was comfortable with Fiona Shaw. Her voice for Elizabeth seemed the most natural to me, but the others worked as well. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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Another winning book in the series. I don’t like when narrators are changed for a series. Its good to know this narrator worked out well.
The books are amazing. I was apprehensive but this narrator worked out ok. I don’t change well either.
I don’t think the new narrator worked out. She whispers too much making it difficult to understand what she’s reading. I’ve just started and seriously considering reading the book instead of listening
I prefered the first narrator but I was ok with this one. I’m sorry because I have had that issue myself. It isn’t always that there is anything wrong with the new narrator, for me I’m just hearing the original so it’s jarring.
I do want to read this series eventually. Your reviews have been great at convincing me. 🙂
You must! I don’t know how you could not love them.
Glad the change didn’t ruin it for you.
Thank you Carole. I was worried because sometimes it doesn’t work for me, but it was fine.
I just got this today! Can’t wait to get to it. Love your review, Anne💜
Thank you Jonetta. I try not to spoil and not repeat the details from reviews on the first two books which leaves me with a small set of ideas to share.
These four characters sound so fun. And I love that you get the dog’s POV in this one, too. 😀
It’s really a stellar series. I highly recommend it.
I’ve heard wonderful things about this series. I’m so glad you enjoyed this 3rd book in the series too.
They really are fun with some great humor.
This sounds like such a fun series. Adding it to my TBR!
I believe you will love it. I would start at the beginning.
I just read the first book and really enjoyed it! I’m looking forward to reading the 2nd book and getting to this one.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I think they are so fun.
I love this series but got rejected on both NG & Edelweiss. I just requested a copy. It’s a long wait, though. I’m looking forward to this one and now I don’t have to write a review! 🙂
I got rejected on Netgalley also. But luckily I could get the audio ARC. I love this series so much. There are some books I just get from the library so I don’t have to write a review also.
I’m waiting to get my hands on this book, as I’ve read the first two and liked them. I may have to wait for it to get to the library as NG has not approved my getting the ARC
I didn’t get the Netgalley ARC either was glad to get the audio. It’s a great series.
Gah it stinks when they change narrators. Sometimes it works…sometimes not
Exactly. I thought this one went well enough with the new narrator.