So here is the sequel to last year’s million selling The Thursday Murder Club, once again featuring the four familiar elderly protagonists. This novel picks up shortly after the conclusion of its predecessor, with one of the group receiving a letter from a man who died many years ago. There’s a cache of missing stolen diamonds, a violent crime lord looking for revenge, and a number of dead bodies along the way as the tale unfolds with many a twist and turn. The plot is fairly preposterous of course, but in a rather good and entertaining way, such that the reader suspends disbelief and simply goes along for what is a very enjoyable ride with plenty of red herrings along the way. Alongside the main plot, Osman deals with the serious issues of growing old and infirm, coping with the cruelty of dementia and the value of friendship, all done in a compassionate and quite poignant fashion. All in all, a compelling mystery with a clever plot, that also manages to be witty and charming in that uniquely British way. If you don’t like Richard Osman for whatever reason, give this funny, exciting and sometimes touching book a chance – you may be pleasantly surprised. The first instalment was one of the biggest selling books in the UK last year, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this one followed suit, as it will undoubtedly find its way into a lot of stockings on Christmas Day.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The Thursday Murder Club.
One thing you’ve learned
Am I the only person in the world who didn’t know his elder brother was the bass player in Suede?