I hope that you’re all having a good day. I think I’ve probably mentioned it before, but Thursday is my favourite day out of all of the days. There is logic behind this but I won’t try to explain. So what a treat that I got to spend my favourite day of the week with The Thursday Murder Club.
Thank you to @richardosman and @VikingBooksUK for this advanced copy of The Man Who Died Twice in return for an honest review. The Man Who Died Twice is published TODAY (16th September 2021) and you can get a copy here.
There is no break for The Thursday Murder Club. Very shortly after their last adventure, Elizabeth receives a letter from someone from her past who is asking for her help. He’s gotten himself into a spot of bother and knows that he can trust Elizabeth to help him out of it.
Of course, Elizabeth brings Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim along for the ride and they embark on an investigation involving stolen diamonds, the mafia and the MI5. The gang cannot resist but will they be able to find a huge amount of diamonds and a murderer before trouble catches up with them?
General Thoughts 🤔
What an absolute delight to be back with the club so soon after reading the first book in this series. I had high hopes for this book and I was not at all disappointed. It was everything that The Thursday Murder Club was and more. I felt like the stakes were a little higher in this plot yet the characters remained their adorable selves and took it all in their stride.
It was lovely to have all of the characters (at least those that survived the first book) back together for The Man Who Died Twice as well as some new ones. I enjoyed getting to know the new kids on the block as well as learning more about those already familiar to me.
I am still so in love with all of these characters. There is something so endearing and warm about them that I can’t help but have an unconditional love for them.
I particularly enjoyed Elizabeth during this book. We got to learn so much more about her and about her past life within MI5 and I felt even closer to her. I also liked that we got to see a more vulnerable side to Elizabeth. The love between her and her husband is so sweet and I felt her pain of trying to hold onto him for as long as possible. I think that Elizabeth truly started to recognise the importance of friendships and appreciate the rest of the gang even more than she already did.
I have to give a specific shout out to Bogdan in this review. I adore his character. He’s like the loveable rogue that we all want on our side. Anything that Bogdan does is forgivable in my eyes as it’s all done from a genuine and kind place. As a side note, I also love how utterly hopeless Bogdan was with women; it was hilarious. I hope to see some romance in Bogdan’s future.
Writing Style ✍️
The fantastic characterisation and relationships between the characters continues in The Man Who Died Twice. I didn’t think that Richard Osman could make me love this elderly fictional bunch anymore than I already did, but he did it. I feel like he took the foundations that he’d laid in The Thursday Murder Club and built something fantastic on top of them.
As mentioned above, this book felt a little more dangerous than the first. The plot was even more thrilling and complicated and I adored having it all unfold in front of me. It was so cleverly done with little hints and clues threaded throughout the story, but not too many that I didn’t give a little gasp when I found out who was behind the crimes.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
I love finding a series that I can lose myself in and feel excited about future stories. This is most definitely up there as one of my favourites. Another fantastically written, thrilling, funny and heart warming story from Richard Osman and I cannot wait to see what mischief The Thursday Murder Club find themselves in next.