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The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
Narrator: Fiona Shaw
Series: Thursday Murder Club #4
Published by Penguin Audio on September 19, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 10 hours, 52 minutes
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You'd think you would be allowed to relax over Christmas, but not in the world of the Thursday Murder Club.
On Boxing Day, a dangerous package is smuggled across the English coast. When it goes missing, chaos is unleashed. The body count starts to rise - including someone close to the Thursday Murder Club - as our gang face an impossible search and their most deadly opponents yet.
I love the characters in the Thursday Murder Club series. The main characters are seniors in their 70s in a home in England. The points of view vary but Joyce is always one of them writing in her journal. I was a bit frightened by how involved they got with the drug dealers who were killing people.
The case relates to drug dealers and the ways they bring drugs into the country to distribute. The drugs aren’t the only thing they are smuggling. The drug dealers are using innocent antiquities businesses in their schemes. Who better than innocents to shield them? Now an older man with an antiques shop has been killed and the package disappeared. The victim was a friend of Stephen.
Elizabeth is preoccupied with Stephen’s deteriorating condition. He remembers less of the present and people in his life, even those who are close like Bogdan who plays chess with him. His memories are more of the old days.
The case is taken out of the hands of the local team, Chris and Donna, to a national force. But they, along with the Thursday Murder Club continue to investigate. Of course. They really have a far reaching set of contacts. Joyce takes more of a lead since Elizabeth is busy. Luckily, the villains have a tendency to underestimate her even more than they underestimate the rest of the club.
There are many situations which have me cringing at the danger. The group is often not taken seriously. 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 narrator. I’m thrilled to know there will definitely be more books.
The narrator was changed after the first two books. Lesley Manville narrated them and Fiona Shaw the next two. I am never sure if that is going to work for me, but I was comfortable with Shaw. While I noticed a difference, 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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