📖 I thoroughly enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club, so much so that I popped this second book on my Christmas Wish List. Santa must have been listening as I opened a bright shiny book-shaped parcel on Christmas day and there it was. I dove straight into it as soon as I was able and I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way to the last page.
✍️ This book has a few strands of stories going on but the primary storyline is around Elizabeth’s ex-husband Douglas, who appeals to her to help protect him. It seems Douglas has gotten himself involved with some missing diamonds and now a lot of people are after him, not least of which is Mi5 who are supposed to be providing his protection. Trusting no one but Elizabeth, can she find the diamonds before more bodies appear? Once again, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are called into action.
👫 Like the original TMC, this book does swivel from character-to-character viewpoint, with a lot of backstory provided by retired nurse Joyce through diary-style entries. Through her inner thoughts and observations, I think everyone will love the thought of having a Joyce in their lives. Ibrahim’s story is quite heartbreaking in this book but I am so pleased Richard Osman included it as it did highlight vulnerability, mental trauma and the importance of friendship.
🗺 One of the things I quite like in this book is all the little British quirks Richard Osman throws in (like mentioning that nice Carol Kirkwood who does the weather). It’s just that sweet, funny, quirky sense of humour that despite being a crime novel gives you a warm fuzzy feeling.
💔 Any Negatives: As others have said, as a direct police procedural, this doesn’t stand up. So many things that are incredibly unlikely to happen (or at least would get someone the sack if they did). However, as a light-hearted, Agatha Christie/People’s friend type crime mystery, it’s a good fun, light-hearted read that’s not too taxing.
💭 Overall View: A fun, easy read. If you don’t take it too seriously, you’ll find it enjoyable.