September has a lot of good new releases and I thought I’d start with this one because it sounded like a lot of fun.
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.
But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?
There is always that moment of trepidation when you are about to dive into a book by someone well known, that you have seen to be witty and humorous, because there is a level of expectation that comes along with it. I am happy to say that in this instance The Thursday Murder Club was even better than I was hoping it would be.
It is definitely the characters that made me fall in love with this book, our four main characters Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron are a great combination. They all have very different personalities but each possesses qualities that are important to the group and don’t seem to mind if they are occasionally playing outside of the rules.
I especially liked Elizabeth her tenacity and uncanny ability to get exactly what she wants and the fact that the others just go with it knowing it’ll turn out ok in the end. I also loved Joyce, her subtlety, the way she takes everything in, it was great to have diary entries from her, I loved her voice and she was very funny.
The story itself was very entertaining, cosy mystery can sometimes be a bit of a hit or miss for me, but this one was just right. I liked that there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered and that it wasn’t obvious where the story was headed. There were enough moving parts and misdirection to keep things interesting and had me wondering how everything tied together. It also had me giggling a lot throughout, there is something about the author’s keen observations on life that are very funny without feeling like they were set up to be.
I really can’t recommend The Thursday Murder Club enough, and I am very much looking forward to joining the gang again in the future for some more fun and adventure.