“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman
Review by Yvonne Selander, collection development librarian
A man is dead. No, make that two. Wait a minute, three. Three people are dead. And the Thursday Murder Club couldn’t be happier.
What is the Thursday Murder Club? A group of four septuagenarians who meet in the jigsaw room at their retirement village on Thursday afternoons to review cold case files they shouldn’t have in their possession in the first place. But now they are in the middle of a real, live case and they know the new police detective obviously needs their help. That’s how a former spy, semi-retired psychologist, retired nurse, and a rabble rouser who still likes to raise the ire of “the man” get involved in a case that gets more complicated at every turn.
I loved spending time with the Thursday Murder Club. Ibrahim, the psychologist, reflects on what a joy it is to live where he does: if you want company you open your door, if you don’t you close it and the dynamics are always changing because your neighbors can change from one day to the next. Yes, there are grief and mourning and the serious business of getting older, but there are new beginnings, new friendships, and new adventures. I do hope I will have the chance to hang out with these wonderfully interesting people again in a sequel.