Title The Man Who Died Twice
Author Richard Osman
Published by Viking an imprint of Penguin Books
There are cart loads of praise for The Thursday Murder Club and, this one, The Man Who Died Twice, has been heralded as the best, (my me anyway).
Firstly the ‘jacket’. It’s lovely with vivid reds and a deep sky blue and, of course, some shiny black letters for the author’s name. And there is a sly looking fox on the cover, and scattered all over the inside covers too and just to make sure you have not missed the point, thirteen foxes on the end edge of the pages. Simply stunning, so cunning and worth a hug!
The oldies are out to play again, Elizabeth (she has to have her name in first), Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim. There are some super sleuths in that quartet and with knowledge too of subterfuge and the nasty business of killing. These four are ensconced in a home for the elderly but have the means to get out and to sort it out after a lot of head scratching. They are brilliant at it, of course. Add into that ‘ old-fuddy-daddy’ mix a couple of detectives DCI Chris Hudson and PC Donna de Freitas, a few local criminals and those who work in the higher echelons of M.I 5 or 6 or wherever! There is also a toughey, Bogdan, who comes in very handy to the oldies. Make no mistake about this crime novel is a fun read that moves rapidly from chapter to chapter.
Well, what is it about? In a nutshell only containing a few clues it is about a few million quids worth of diamonds that takes a bit of tracking down, a very pretentious drug dealer and a ‘scrote’ that oversteps the mark and is brought to justice, eventually. Okay, people die, but only the ones that deserve to. That’s it from me as I am no plot spoiler. Get it and enjoy the journey.
I loved it all the way through. It’s fun, fun, fun and entertainment at its best. And there is another one to come to add to this million copy bestseller. Richard Osman must be worth a mint!
They’re good at marketing this lot. You can pre-order, The Thursday Murder Club 3, and the first line line – so Joyce says – ‘Apparently Elizabeth once made love to an American man, and he kept his hat on throughout’ I’m really having trouble with the hat bit!