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It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if th It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?


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It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if th It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

30 review for The Man Who Died Twice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY - DON'T MISS THIS ONE*** As much as I enjoyed “The Thursday Murder Club” this book is EVEN BETTER!!!! Now that we know a little bit about the main characters the author has given us a much more challenging and twisty, turny mystery to unravel. And when one of their own is attacked, all members of the group are in great form to step in where others do not!! The four members of the club include: Elizabeth, a former M15 operative with a slew of “great connections” Joyce a form ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY - DON'T MISS THIS ONE*** As much as I enjoyed “The Thursday Murder Club” this book is EVEN BETTER!!!! Now that we know a little bit about the main characters the author has given us a much more challenging and twisty, turny mystery to unravel. And when one of their own is attacked, all members of the group are in great form to step in where others do not!! The four members of the club include: Elizabeth, a former M15 operative with a slew of “great connections” Joyce a former nurse and woman of many skills, she loves solving puzzles Ibrahim is a retired psychiatrist who has a keen eye for reading body language Ron is a retired union leader and a man known for getting things done This book starts at a quick pace and never lets us. It was so much fun to read and try to keep up with this quick witted group. There are several things going on here I’ll just touch upon each one. One of their own, Ibrahim, is brutally attacked while walking in a small town close to Cooper’s Chase, their retirement home complex. While he is laid up, another member of Cooper’s Chase, Bogdan, steps up to help with driving, playing chess with Elizabeth’s home bound husband and using his considerable body build and talent for “taking care of problem people”. Elizabeth is contacted by an agent whom she formerly worked with, he’s in serious trouble after stealing $20 million worth of diamonds supposedly from the mafia. His connection with Elizabeth is much deeper than we at first believe and she decides to help him find a safe house while he’s on the run. I wondered how these two crimes could possibly be related but leave it to this group to find a way to punish all of those involved. DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THIS IS A COZY MYSTERY. This book has an intriguing puzzler of a mystery and the action really never stops. This time the club members have seriously dangerous criminals they are dealing with, they will do anything to get back their diamonds. The bodies pile up and there is definitely enough action here to keep thriller lovers engaged. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED spending time with these characters and getting to know them even better. These are people with real lives, vivid pasts and things they still want to get done in life. I'm so hoping that this series will continue, it’s absolutely wonderful!! If you haven’t read the first novel I highly recommend it because you won’t want to miss this one! I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. The novel is set to publish on September 28, 2021

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Richard Osman fulfils the promise of his quintessentially English offbeat and comic crime debut, Thursday Murder Club (TMC), with this cracking sequel. This time the intrepid elderly sleuths from the Kent retirement community of Coopers Chase, ex-spook Elizabeth, former nurse and journal writer, Joyce, logistics and details man, psychiatrist Ibrahim, and Ron, with his past life as a vociferous and committed union man, face the New York Mafia, chase £20 million pounds of stolen diamonds, as the d Richard Osman fulfils the promise of his quintessentially English offbeat and comic crime debut, Thursday Murder Club (TMC), with this cracking sequel. This time the intrepid elderly sleuths from the Kent retirement community of Coopers Chase, ex-spook Elizabeth, former nurse and journal writer, Joyce, logistics and details man, psychiatrist Ibrahim, and Ron, with his past life as a vociferous and committed union man, face the New York Mafia, chase £20 million pounds of stolen diamonds, as the dead bodies just keep on coming. Having established his characters, Osman raises the stakes and the danger levels for his members of the TMC, and, needless to say, they rise to the challenge beautifully. When one of their own, Ibrahim, is seriously injured during a violent mugging for his phone, there is no way the TMC, or local Fairhaven cops, DCI Chris Hudson and Donna De Freitas, are not going to seek vengeance. When Elizabeth gets a message from a ghost from her past, the TMC finds themselves roped in to help protect her faithless but charming ex-husband and spook, Douglas, after he steals diamonds from middleman and money launderer to the international criminal community, Martin Lomax. The diamonds belong to the New York Mafia, they, and Lomax, whose reputation and life is at stake, are going to do whatever they need to do to ensure they get the diamonds back. Chris and Donna are carrying out surveillance on local drug and crime queen pin, Connie Johnson, but she is running rings around them, leading to them being helped by more 'experienced' London detectives. MI5 spooks, Sue Reardon and Lance James, have the job of protecting Douglas as they and the TMC try to locate the missing diamonds. Its an utter joy to be re-acquainted with the slew of characters I encountered previously, the TMC obviously, but including the likes of Chris who is now in a relationship with Donna's mum, Patrice, and the Polish Bogdan, an ever reliable man who will do anything to help the TMC and who is developing feelings for Donna. Once again, the so often underestimated Joyce writes her journal and we have the wonderful pleasure of encountering the plucky young grandson of Ron, Kendrick, who comes to stay, bonding with Ibrahim and proving to be a surprising help in their investigations. This proves to be an highly entertaining, fun, and engaging sequel, so definitely and deliciously moreish that I have no doubt that this will do as well, if not better than the first book for Osman. Cannot wait for the next in the series. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    “It is important to stop sometimes and just have a drink and gossip with friends, even as corpses start to pile up around you.” The Man Who Died Twice is an entertaining read about four septuagenarians, aka The Thursday Murder Club, whose attempt to solve a murder puts them in the crosshairs of a mysterious businessman, a brutal drug dealer, the mafia, and MI-5. This is a laugh-out-loud, enjoyable read that kept me both on my toes and smiling. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron get caught up in “It is important to stop sometimes and just have a drink and gossip with friends, even as corpses start to pile up around you.” The Man Who Died Twice is an entertaining read about four septuagenarians, aka The Thursday Murder Club, whose attempt to solve a murder puts them in the crosshairs of a mysterious businessman, a brutal drug dealer, the mafia, and MI-5. This is a laugh-out-loud, enjoyable read that kept me both on my toes and smiling. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron get caught up in a mysterious case surrounding one of Elizabeth’s ex-husbands. The case puts them in grave danger and also causes the foursome to confront personal fears and, ultimately, embrace life. In addition to my favorite foursome, other favorite characters are back: Bogdan, Chris, and Donna play a large role. The narrative is split between all the characters mentioned above, but Joyce and Elizabeth play the largest roles, followed by Ibrahim, who is the victim of an awful crime. I would like more of Ron and Bogdan in the next book. Ibrahim reading You and expressing his sympathy for Joe had me LMAO! I highly recommend reading The Thursday Murder Club before reading The Man Who Died Twice. TTMC establishes the unique friendships between the characters as well as highlights what makes each character special. The Man Who Died Twice wasn’t as tight as book one, and there was a bit of repetition. The ending is a bit over the top, but I didn’t really care as I so enjoy these characters. Watching them outsmart their younger, brutal enemies was non-stop fun. I can’t wait to see what the four are up to next!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! My favorite septuagenarians are back in this sequel to The Thursday Murder Club, which is just as entertaining and loveable. The following Thursday, Elizabeth receives a letter from someone from her past. She realizes it’s a former colleague whom she has a deep history with. He has stolen $20 million worth of diamonds and needs her to protect him from the violent man who is eager to get them back. Elizabeth decides that this is the perfect project for The Thursday Murder Clu HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! My favorite septuagenarians are back in this sequel to The Thursday Murder Club, which is just as entertaining and loveable. The following Thursday, Elizabeth receives a letter from someone from her past. She realizes it’s a former colleague whom she has a deep history with. He has stolen $20 million worth of diamonds and needs her to protect him from the violent man who is eager to get them back. Elizabeth decides that this is the perfect project for The Thursday Murder Club, and quickly enlists the help of Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron. They’re all thrilled to be working a case again after things quiet down at their retirement community. Then, Ibrahim is attacked and his phone is stolen. Elizabeth brings in cops Chris and Donna and a few others to not only help with the stolen diamonds case, but to also make sure the thug who attacked Ibrahim pays the price. Nobody messes with this squad and gets away with it! In my review for The Thursday Murder Club, I wrote, “One word for this book, along with the four main characters: Charming.” That stands true here as well. What I love about this one is that we already know the characters to a point, and it was so fun seeing them settle into their friendships. Each one of them has a strength that makes their group tighter. It was also a real treat to see Chris, Donna and Bogdan back for more fun...along with some new and interesting characters. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments, along with heart and depth. The mystery is a fun one to try and crack, and I enjoyed attempting to use my detective skills once again. I loved this one from start to finish, and adored the humorous and thoughtful author acknowledgements section. I already can’t wait for a third installment (there better be a 3rd!!). If you read and loved The Thursday Murder Club, then I highly suggest devouring this one when it is released on: 9/28/21. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for providing me with a widget of the ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Charming Richard Osman is a popular TV personality in the UK, and has now released the second book in what is becoming a best-selling series. The Thursday Murder Club was established by four fascinating characters, all seniors, but determined to use their career skills and experience to help solve murder cases. They all live in the Cooper’s Chase retirement community and have formed this special friendship where they value each other as close friends and part of their crime club. Elizabeth is a fo Charming Richard Osman is a popular TV personality in the UK, and has now released the second book in what is becoming a best-selling series. The Thursday Murder Club was established by four fascinating characters, all seniors, but determined to use their career skills and experience to help solve murder cases. They all live in the Cooper’s Chase retirement community and have formed this special friendship where they value each other as close friends and part of their crime club. Elizabeth is a former secret agent with MI5, with crucial know-how, instinct, and access to police and British intelligence resources. Joyce is a retired nurse, and she adds a very different perspective on situations and is the perfect person to deal with people, with empathy that puts people at ease. Ron was a union man and a real go-getter with a solid and determined personality. Ibrahim is a former psychiatrist with a unique and treasured ability to read people and their body language. Ibrahim is mugged, and it leaves him frightened to leave his home, and he uses excuses why he can’t participate in outside activities. The personal story of Ibrahim is quite touching and, unfortunately, a horrific reminder that assaults like this do happen to our seniors. The support and care from his group of friends add a sensitive dimension to the story. It also provides the reason local detectives Chris Hudson and Donna De Freitas return, and their friendship and relationships extend the exciting characters surrounding the Thursday Murder Club. Another special friend of the club, is the calm and mysterious Bogdan, someone who always has the means to get something unusual done. In The Man Who Died Twice , the case isn’t so cold, as they become embroiled in a real live one. Elizabeth is contacted by a former colleague, ex-husband, and ladies’ man, Douglas, after stealing twenty million pounds worth of diamonds from the Mafia. Douglas is being held in a safe house under the supervision of MI5 operatives Sue Reardon and Lance James. The Mafia, a hitman, Lomax, and others also have their sights on getting hold of the diamonds. The twists and surprises that await in this caper are hugely entertaining and intriguing. The standout characteristic of these books is the clever wit and humour that rolls off every page. The dialogue feels authentic from our elder characters, and the plot is developed to play perfectly between them and their reactions to events and other people. Joyce and Elizabeth steal the show in this one and interact to give a mix of empathy and resourcefulness in their investigation while unquestionably loyal to each other. The characters, humour, dialogue and compelling plots are going to ensure this series will be eagerly followed. I highly recommend this book, and I want to thank Penguin UK, Viking and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in return for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beata

    The second mystery solved by a group of senior citizens is even better than the first one. The four friends manage to find, with a little support from the police, the culprit behind a double murder. I did enjoy the interactions and the way the magnificent four perceive the world. Some moments had me chuckle for which I am grateful to Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim. Highly recommend! A big thank-you to Richard Osman, Penguin General, and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This is the perfect follow up to The Thursday Murder Club. All of our favourite characters are back with their smart investigative skills, their humour and their camaraderie. This time round the group is dragged into an investigation when Elizabeth receives a letter from her ex husband who has apparently stolen twenty million dollars worth of diamonds and thus aggravated several prominent crime bosses and maybe MI5 as well. Elizabeth feels obliged to help and calls in all her troops to assist. Joy This is the perfect follow up to The Thursday Murder Club. All of our favourite characters are back with their smart investigative skills, their humour and their camaraderie. This time round the group is dragged into an investigation when Elizabeth receives a letter from her ex husband who has apparently stolen twenty million dollars worth of diamonds and thus aggravated several prominent crime bosses and maybe MI5 as well. Elizabeth feels obliged to help and calls in all her troops to assist. Joyce is there of course, making her diary comments, keeping an eye on Elizabeth's wellbeing, and selling badly knitted friendship bracelets for charity. Ibrahim and Ron play their parts and the amazing Bogdan is always there when he is needed. Our friendly police duo, Donna and Chris, also help out when they can. The mystery of the diamonds is twisted and smart but Elizabeth is smarter. She is such a brilliant character. I did however enjoy watching her lose out to Patrice and Donna over one particular issue. It made her more human, although her beautiful relationship with Stephen does that too. Altogether a great read with an interesting mystery, lots of humour, delightful characters and a perfect ending. If I ever have to move into a retirement village I want to go to Cooper's Chase. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    We return to Coopers Chase and our much loved Gang of Four of the Thursday Murder Club, not forgetting the multi talented and unflappable Bogdan and our friendly police officers DCI Chris Hudson, now in love (or lust, or both) with Patrice, mother of PC Donna De Freitas. I’m happy to report that it’s every bit as good as the last one, if not even better. Ex-spy Elizabeth is quiet .... she's received a letter from one Marcus Carmichael which takes her on an unsettling trip down her spook memory l We return to Coopers Chase and our much loved Gang of Four of the Thursday Murder Club, not forgetting the multi talented and unflappable Bogdan and our friendly police officers DCI Chris Hudson, now in love (or lust, or both) with Patrice, mother of PC Donna De Freitas. I’m happy to report that it’s every bit as good as the last one, if not even better. Ex-spy Elizabeth is quiet .... she's received a letter from one Marcus Carmichael which takes her on an unsettling trip down her spook memory lane and gives her much to ponder on especially as Marcus Carmichael is dead. Meanwhile, Chris and Donna are staking out Connie Johnson's drug operation without huge success but all of them are rightly angry and very worried when poor Ibrahim is mugged by local thugs. Add in twenty million quids worth of stolen diamonds and it’s game on for our intrepid group of septuagenarians and their loyal pals. The plot and pace of this marvellously mad caper is much faster than the first one, there’s more danger and a higher body count. However, what shines through all the nefarious deeds, twists and turns is the love, friendship and respect for this group of smart pensioners. Just because they are in the upper age profile nobody messes with them and gets away with it, they take no prisoners, they are full of vim, vigour, brains and a barrel load of flair and ingenuity. Their all for one and one for all mentality shines through all they do which is heartwarming. Have I mentioned the laughs? There’s plenty of those especially in Joyce’s journal. She’s what my mum would have called ‘a card’ , ‘a darned good tonic’ and ‘a good egg’. It’s so entertaining Joyce has me laughing out loud! The whole escapade is written in such a lively entertaining and engaging way that it’s hard to put down once you start. I love Richard Osman’s wry and clever sense of humour which I’m glad to say crops up with frequency. So overall, yes Mr O I think you have another best seller here which is no great surprise really as the man is multi talented. This is just the type of book we need right now, well written, a good plot and lots of fun in excellent company. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Penguin Random House for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    5★ “We’re getting the 2.30 bus into Brighton, and we’ll get out by the big M&S and walk into Hove. Elizabeth has said, ‘Strictly no shopping, Joyce,’ so we’re certainly on business of some sort. What sort of business though? Diamonds? Murder? Perhaps a bit of both? That would be nice.” Joyce’s diary. Her first-person observations are a chatty way to bring us up to speed with the activities of the Thursday Murder Club of whom readers have became so fond. The four elderly residents of the Coopers Cha 5★ “We’re getting the 2.30 bus into Brighton, and we’ll get out by the big M&S and walk into Hove. Elizabeth has said, ‘Strictly no shopping, Joyce,’ so we’re certainly on business of some sort. What sort of business though? Diamonds? Murder? Perhaps a bit of both? That would be nice.” Joyce’s diary. Her first-person observations are a chatty way to bring us up to speed with the activities of the Thursday Murder Club of whom readers have became so fond. The four elderly residents of the Coopers Chase Retirement Village are back! This story opens with our favourite psychiatrist, Ibrahim, being knocked down by a cyclist who grabs his phone and makes off with it. For good measure, a couple of other hoodlums run past, laughing, pausing to kick him while he’s down. At nearly 80, Ibrahim suffers not only considerable injuries, but his confidence is badly shaken. “Who bought stolen phones? Ibrahim had a Tetris app on his phone. There were 200 levels, and he was on level 127 after playing for a considerable amount of time. All of that progress was lost.” Ron, on the other hand, is an old (similar age) union boss who’s used to diving in wherever he’s needed. If he’d been walking with Ibrahim, he’d have straightened out the hooligans on the spot, and they would have stayed straightened out. Joyce, the diarist, is a former nurse, who seems a gentle, naïve soul, but there’s almost no blood and gore that she hasn’t seen before. That’s just as well, because our main character, Elizabeth Best, is a retired (I use the term loosely) spy who seems to be as active as ever. What is she capable of? “Also, it is very easy to kill someone in a lift when the doors open. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and a ping to announce you’re about to appear. Not that she’s worried about being killed, it doesn’t feel to her like that’s what is happening here, but it’s always important to remember best practice. Elizabeth has never killed anyone in a lift.” When Elizabeth’s ex-husband, who is still an MI5 operative, approaches her about money-laundering and a diamond theft, the Club becomes embroiled in a complex and deadly, but highly entertaining, adventure. Douglas has remarried but proclaims his undying love for Elizabeth. He’s a hard man to resist, but she knows better. “That twinkle in his eye was undimmed. The twinkle that gave an entirely undeserved suggestion of wisdom and charm. The twinkle that could make you walk down the aisle with a man almost ten years your junior, and regret it within months. The twinkle you soon realize is actually the beam of a lighthouse, warning you off the rocks.” He has a delightful young assistant called Poppy, and they are trying to fend off Martin Lomax, a middleman who’s laundering money for – well – almost anyone. After MI5 searched Lomax’s house, Lomax claimed his diamonds were missing, so he's threatening Douglas. Douglas appeals to Elizabeth to investigate and find the diamonds. Lomax has his own problems. He lives on a glorious estate, where he invites the public to visit his gardens (NOT the house!) and where he has all manner of gold, gems, artwork, you-name-it, held as deposits for various drug dealers as they negotiate their swaps. He is careful to a fault, but the public needs to be wary of where they walk. “There are grenades somewhere. For the life of him he can’t remember where they are buried, but he knows they are in a safe location, and he has written it down somewhere. Under the Venetian gazebo? On reflection, he can’t even remember whose grenades they were, or why he had agreed to bury them, but that comes with age.” The likeable police officers from the first book, become caught up in this as well, even as they are searching for Ibrahim’s attackers and trying to bring down a local dealer. On the whole, this is an entertaining mystery for which you may need to suspend a bit of disbelief, but then I don’t really know what a “retired” MI5 operative and her “colleagues” are capable of. I don't think any threads were left untied, and I'm pleased to say our four heroes are more or less intact to fight another day! They are clever, funny, and loyal. I love both of these books and look forward to more. Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for the review copy from which I’ve quoted. UPDATE: There's a good article and interview with the author about these two books in 'The Guardian' here'. https://www.theguardian.com/books/202...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: The nights are beginning to draw in a little, and the sun is sinking behind the trees on top of the hill as Elizabeth reaches Ruskin Court and rings the bell for number 14. Here goes nothing. There is a brief wait and she is buzzed up. There are lifts in all the buildings, but Elizabeth will use the stairs while she still can. Stairs are good for hip and knee flexibility. Also it is very easy to kill someone in a lift when the doors open. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and a ping to a EXCERPT: The nights are beginning to draw in a little, and the sun is sinking behind the trees on top of the hill as Elizabeth reaches Ruskin Court and rings the bell for number 14. Here goes nothing. There is a brief wait and she is buzzed up. There are lifts in all the buildings, but Elizabeth will use the stairs while she still can. Stairs are good for hip and knee flexibility. Also it is very easy to kill someone in a lift when the doors open. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and a ping to announce that you're about to appear. Not that she's worried about being killed, it doesn't feel to her like that's what's happening here, but it's always important to remember best practice. Elizabeth has never killed anyone in a lift. She once saw someone pushed down an empty lift shaft in Essen, but that was different. She turns left at the top of the stairs, transfers the flowers to her left hand and knocks on the door of number 14. Who will answer the door? What is the story here? Should she be worried? The door opens, and she sees a very familiar face. It's not Marcus Carmichael, how could it have been? But it is certainly someone who knew the name Marcus Carmichael. And who knew it would get her attention. And it turns out that, yes, she should be worried. ABOUT 'THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE': It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them? MY THOUGHTS: I just loved The Thursday Murder Club, but approached The Man Who Died Twice (don't you just love that title!) with just a modicum of apprehension. Would the author fall victim to the second book syndrome? He didn't. Osman hasn't put one word wrong. I love these characters, and the fact that we learn a lot more about them in the course of the book. Am I allowed to admit that as I was reading I was hearing Penelope Keith's voice as Elizabeth? This disparate club of characters will delight, charm and amuse. There were times I felt afraid for them, times when they amazed me. Never are they predictable. I am not going to waste any more time talking about this book, other than to say 'Read it!' This is the book we all need. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #TheManWhoDiedTwice #NetGalley I: @misterosman @penguinrandomhouse T: @richardosman @PenguinUKBooks #fivestarread #contemporaryfiction #crime #detectivefiction #humour #murdermystery #mystery #thriller THE AUTHOR: Richard Thomas Osman is an English comedian, producer, television presenter, writer, and the creator and co-presenter of the BBC One television quiz show Pointless. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Penguin General UK via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review is also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    My favorite crime fighter septuagenarian foursome is back for another complicated case are ready with more than few tricks up their sleeves. This is the sequel of Thursday Murder Book Club series. If you haven’t read the first book, let me give you a quick summary: four septuagenarians with different occupations, characteristics and far different pasts come together to solve the cold cases. They have brilliant skills complete each other to bring out another piece of the puzzle. Elizabeth: once My favorite crime fighter septuagenarian foursome is back for another complicated case are ready with more than few tricks up their sleeves. This is the sequel of Thursday Murder Book Club series. If you haven’t read the first book, let me give you a quick summary: four septuagenarians with different occupations, characteristics and far different pasts come together to solve the cold cases. They have brilliant skills complete each other to bring out another piece of the puzzle. Elizabeth: once upon a time a spy, having vivid past, involving into international operations and she didn’t share most of it with her friends now taking care of her husband Stephen who is suffering from dementia. Joyce is retired nurse, the most eccentric and quirky member trying to make changes in her life by adopting a rescue dog and joining the Instagram, cooking hell of delicious cakes! Ron is retired labor organizer, likes to talk about politics, hating the close human attraction. Ibrahim is the psychiatrist with photographic memory skills, introverted, scared of taking life changing decisions in his life. But now he feels more regrets about the choices he made. They’re coming from different backgrounds, sharing different pasts, regrets but their loyal friendship and their curiosity to solve the crimes give them enough hope to wake up and welcome another day of their lives! This time a ghost from Elizabeth’s past leaves her a letter. The man’s name who left the letter is Marcus Carmichael whose body slumped against a Thames Bridge at a low tide decades ago. Elizabeth helped to carry his body to a white van to be transported away. She even talked to his grieving widow! If the man hasn’t been resuscitated , somebody who knows the operation might be the one who wrote that letter! And finally she decides to confront him! Surprise: her old husband / another spy Douglas needs his help! 20 millions pound worth diamonds are stole from strongroom of Martin Lomax, a shady man they watch. Douglas is the one broke into the house and stuffed the gills with diamonds but he made a mistake by taking off his ski mask in front of surveillance cameras. Now dangerous people are looking for him and he needs bodyguards to get protection! As you may see those bodyguards will be our genius pensioners! But you may imagine nothing goes as it planned, dead bodies start piling up and our genius foursome find themselves into complex espionage scheme, fighting against real dangerous criminals. Could they survive? Fingers crossed! I don’t want to lose my favorite characters so early! First book was just warming up to those characters and their unique skills to solve the crimes. But I think at this second book, I got emotionally invested them. Of course the action packed, smart mystery kept my attention intact. So this time I’m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 kick ass, genius, favorite British pensioners stars! So many thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Viking/ Pamela Dorman Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    It's such fun to be back with the four elderly residents of Coopers Chase Retirement Village who make up the Thursday Murder Club. They might be septuagenarians but together their skills make them a force to be reckoned with. Ex MI5 spy Elizabeth, still sharp as a tack with a bank vault of a memory, ex nurse Joyce, who is a lot smarter than she seems with her friendly demeanour, never-ending chatter and badly knitted friendship bracelets, ex union boss Ron, street smart with a lot of useful cont It's such fun to be back with the four elderly residents of Coopers Chase Retirement Village who make up the Thursday Murder Club. They might be septuagenarians but together their skills make them a force to be reckoned with. Ex MI5 spy Elizabeth, still sharp as a tack with a bank vault of a memory, ex nurse Joyce, who is a lot smarter than she seems with her friendly demeanour, never-ending chatter and badly knitted friendship bracelets, ex union boss Ron, street smart with a lot of useful contacts and psychiatrist Ibrahim, brilliant with a photographic memory but reserved and fragile. Originally established to investigate unsolved cases, the Murder Club previously found themselves investigating a real murder carried out on their turf, along with young PC Donna de Freitas and her boss DCI Chris Hudson. Now the excitement at solving that murder has died down they're back to investigating unsolved cases in the Jigsaw Room. That is until Elizabeth receives a letter from someone she knows died a long time ago, and suddenly the Thursday Murder Club finds itself back in action dealing with MI5 agents, twenty million pounds worth of missing diamonds, dead bodies, a violent money launderer and a powerful local drug baroness. Donna and Chris are soon back on the scene, staking out the drug baroness as well as giving the group some help in their quest to find the diamonds. It was also good to see Bogdan, the very resourceful Polish builder back in the thick of the action. I think this book is even better than the first in the series! Perhaps because we know the characters so well already. But also, because we get to know them even better here as their friendships deepen and we learn more of their personalities and lives and especially the way they care for each other. As before the plot is written with charm and wit and a genuine warmth for the characters, from Elizabeth’s masterminding to Joyce’s diary recounting their adventures (and other minutiae of her life). Make sure you add this intelligent, fun, not so cosy mystery to your reading list. With many thanks to Penguin and Netgalley for a copy to read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    My thanks to Penguin UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Man Who Died Twice is the second book in the Thursday Murder Club (the Agatha Christie/Marple allusion just struck me when writing my review) series by Richard Osman. Set in a retirement village, Coopers Chase, the Thursday Murder Club comprises four friends, Elizabeth, former MI5 operative with a very sharp mind and mysterious past, Ibrahim, a psychiatrist with acute observation skills, Joyce, a former nurse who also write My thanks to Penguin UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Man Who Died Twice is the second book in the Thursday Murder Club (the Agatha Christie/Marple allusion just struck me when writing my review) series by Richard Osman. Set in a retirement village, Coopers Chase, the Thursday Murder Club comprises four friends, Elizabeth, former MI5 operative with a very sharp mind and mysterious past, Ibrahim, a psychiatrist with acute observation skills, Joyce, a former nurse who also writes a journal and can also solve puzzles, and Ron a former trade union leader. They are also friends with and work alongside PC Donna de Freitas and DCI Chris Hudson. We also have Bogdan Janowski who is a good friend to them all. In this one, Elizabeth receives a mysterious letter/invitation from someone she knew in the past, one that both puzzles and intrigues her. Soon, she finds that this is an old colleague who is in quite some trouble. He is accused of having stolen diamonds worth £ 20 million from Martin Lomax who acts as a sort of insurance man/middle man for the mafia and has billions of pounds worth of treasures in his custody. Now both Lomax and the mafia are after him. Meanwhile, Ibrahim is the victim of a mugging which not only hurts him physically but leaves him deeply scarred. Chris and Donna don’t have enough to get the person responsible and encourage the club to handle things their way. Chris and Donna also have a case of their own, a drug dealer and possible murderer Connie Johnston whom there are trying to get enough evidence on to arrest, but who seems to be getting the better of them so far. Alongside, we also follow the characters’ personal stories, and the issues each of them is dealing with. Although I had hoped to read the first book before I got to this one, it didn’t end up happening, but this didn’t turn out to be too much of an issue for I could not only follow the story but absolutely loved this one. This was an engaging, warm, humorous, and yet realistic read which had at its centre a very satisfying mystery as well. I loved the humour throughout the book. One source is of course Joyce’s account (the only one in first person), but the humour comes not only from that but also from the eccentricities of some of the characters (like Lomax for instance who deals in billions, murders at the drop of a hat but wonders how he will spend the £70 pounds which he might make from selling brownies—I won’t tell you where the brownies come in, though), some of the situations and also the matter of fact way in which some things are spoken of between the characters. I also took to all of the characters in the book almost instantly and really enjoyed following their adventures. I loved the bond they all share, the support they give each other (even the younger ones like Donna) and the fun they have together—very warm and uplifting. Also the fact that each of them contribute to solving the case in some way or other—Elizabeth is intelligent and can work out most things, but it isn’t without Joyce that she gets all the answers (it is they who work on the matter of the diamonds for the most part). Ibrahim has almost Holmes like observation skills which help identify his attacker instantly; I loved his crossword puzzles and found myself trying to work out the clues as well; Ron helps more in Ibrahim’s case in this one, while Bogdan helps them across the board with more things than one. I also loved Ron’s little grandson Kendrick (there for a visit) who is not only friendly with them all but also spots a crucial clue that none of the others do. At the same time, amidst all the fun, the book is also very realistic. We get that feeling of melancholy that comes with the time of life the characters are at—the loss that they experience and the fears that they live with every day. There is also vulnerability—like in Ibrahim’s case, while Elizabeth must cope with her husband Stephen’s dementia which means he isn’t always at the same point in time they are (though he still enjoys his chess games with the very patient Bogdan). But at the same time, I loved they don’t let any of this or the changes that come with age deter them in the least, and pursue their adventures with zest. The mystery itself was also quite an exciting (and dangerous) one with twists and turns very step of the way. Even at the end when the denouement scene of sorts was being set up, I was really excited to see how it would play out (even though I don’t usually enjoy very dramatic scenes, but this one promised to be fun), but when it did, there were twists and surprises there as well which made it very different from what I thought would happen. I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this one, and am looking forward to the next one (luckily, I still have the first to read as well). 5 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pat (currently not accepting new friend requests)

    That was a fitting follow up to the first book, the Thursday Murder Club (TMC) set at the upscale retirement village, Cooper’s Chase! Just as the TMC is deliberating which cold case to pick up after the excitement of the previous ‘hot’ cases, Elizabeth gets summoned to Ruskin Court to meet with …. a dead man. I won’t go into that particular plot strand but it is relevant to the story. When she gets there though Elizabeth finds her first ex-husband, Douglas Middlemiss and the new waitress at the That was a fitting follow up to the first book, the Thursday Murder Club (TMC) set at the upscale retirement village, Cooper’s Chase! Just as the TMC is deliberating which cold case to pick up after the excitement of the previous ‘hot’ cases, Elizabeth gets summoned to Ruskin Court to meet with …. a dead man. I won’t go into that particular plot strand but it is relevant to the story. When she gets there though Elizabeth finds her first ex-husband, Douglas Middlemiss and the new waitress at the centre’s restaurant, Poppy. So that explains why she is a crap waitress! Douglas (from MI5) is hiding out at Cooper’s Chase and Poppy is his partner in spying. Douglas is hiding from a man called Martin Lomax who ‘minds’ property for big criminal gangs as Lomax believes he (Douglas) has stolen £20 million worth of diamonds from him. There’s a lot going on in this story. We have spies, criminal gangs, drug dealers, corrupt officials, murder and of course the diamonds. Ibrahim is mugged in town and his confidence suffers a severe beating so he does not participate as much as in book 1. Soon Douglas and Poppy find their ‘cover’ is blown and they must go to a new safe house. But things soon turn deadly and Elizabeth wonders if she is still up for it or if her skills have blunted. It turns out she is still sharp enough to follow the path of the clues laid out by Douglas but this makes her a target so we head to a rather dramatic finale. I think the stakes were a bit higher in this book. Certainly more people died and MI5 got involved. DCI Chris Hudson continues his relationship with Patrice, the mother of DC Donna De Freitas (his police sidekick). And maybe Donna herself will find someone soon too. The character of Bogdan, the Polish jack-of-all-trades managing the building works at the village, is intriguing. He is like an honorary member of the TMC now. There were plenty of laughs among the murder and mayhem so all in all another satisfying read. I wanted to give this 5 stars but there were a couple of things which I found a little kind of unethical but still, it is a cracking read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Chu (The ChuseyReader)

    I gave the Thursday Murder Club another chance but now I know this series is just not for me!! It was a great bedtime read because it put me to sleep very quickly :D. What's your favourite cosy mystery? Not sure if it's just this series or the genre that's not for me What I enjoyed • Compared to the first one, the pace was faster and there was more happening. The first 30% kept me interested as there were gradual reveals. • I liked how the different subplots intertwined in the end. What I didn't enj I gave the Thursday Murder Club another chance but now I know this series is just not for me!! It was a great bedtime read because it put me to sleep very quickly :D. What's your favourite cosy mystery? Not sure if it's just this series or the genre that's not for me What I enjoyed • Compared to the first one, the pace was faster and there was more happening. The first 30% kept me interested as there were gradual reveals. • I liked how the different subplots intertwined in the end. What I didn't enjoy • There wasn’t enough setting around the Coopers Chase retirement home and the Thursday Murder Club gathering like there was in book 1. The characters Ron, Ibrahim, Elizabeth and Joyce sounded similar, if their dialogue was mixed up I wouldn’t notice. Although they were quirky they didn’t feel like retirees, but middle aged people sleuthing around. • Why does it switch between third person to first person Joyce’s diary? A shift in writing style makes me expect some sort of development or reveal. However her chapters were incredibly boring and there wasn’t anything new to learn. But for people who enjoy the charm of these characters then Joyce’s chapters would be entertaining. • There was a lot of meandering and tangents that I kept on losing focus. Beyond the 30% mark or so, the investigation and reveals were light and didn’t hook me in. Recommendation Overall I would recommend this if you enjoy light mysteries with humour, don’t take themselves too seriously and don’t mind some tangents. If you liked book 1 then I think you'll likely enjoy this too! :) Many thanks to Penguin General UK and NetGally for the ARC

  16. 5 out of 5

    NILTON TEIXEIRA

    4 solid stars! I won’t say a lot but I must say that this book is simply brilliant and so refreshing! The friendship and the interaction between the 4 septuagenarian main characters is absolutely terrific and it felt so real. It is, in my opinion, the best think in this series. I loved the first book, but I think that this one is a lot better. I also immensely enjoyed the audiobook, which I listened while reading the book, and I have to say that the audiobook is amazing and I do recommend it (on it 4 solid stars! I won’t say a lot but I must say that this book is simply brilliant and so refreshing! The friendship and the interaction between the 4 septuagenarian main characters is absolutely terrific and it felt so real. It is, in my opinion, the best think in this series. I loved the first book, but I think that this one is a lot better. I also immensely enjoyed the audiobook, which I listened while reading the book, and I have to say that the audiobook is amazing and I do recommend it (on its own or with the book). The storyline and its development is skillfully written and some of the dialogues are funny and witty. Although this book works as a standalone, I do suggest reading the first book, just to get acquainted with the characters, as this book does not give “flashbacks”, which I think is great. This was a wonderful entertainment. PS.: I must mention that my favourite part and the one I kept looking forward to reading was Joyce’s diary. How I treasured those moments!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anissa

    It's another brilliant time with the Thursday Murder Club! I love these people! They really feel like people I've got to know and care about not just characters in a story. That's magic. I loved the first book and gave a rare for me, five stars and this one gets it too. And yes, I have already added the third to my TBR. I chose to read this and then proceeded to have the busiest week I've had in a while so it took me until this weekend to finish reading half the book. I savoured every bit along t It's another brilliant time with the Thursday Murder Club! I love these people! They really feel like people I've got to know and care about not just characters in a story. That's magic. I loved the first book and gave a rare for me, five stars and this one gets it too. And yes, I have already added the third to my TBR. I chose to read this and then proceeded to have the busiest week I've had in a while so it took me until this weekend to finish reading half the book. I savoured every bit along the way and experienced all the feels. I laughed over Joyce's journal musings, worried endlessly for Ibrahim (way to just go for my heart with my fave, Osman!), Ron continued to be awesome and bring in awesome family members (Kendrick can have all the cupcakes and as much Minecraft as he can stand because he came through for TTMC!) and Elizabeth's secrets kept me rapt the whole while. Then there's Chris who's found new love with Patrice (Donna's mum) and Donna who is just at a low point in her personal life. And last but not least, my guy Bogdan whose relationship with Steven, in particular, has my heart as well as his relationships with the rest of the crew. I care about all of them and they were treading in dangerous waters this time and lots of bodies piled up so I was ever so worried for all of them almost to the very end.  I wouldn't have had it any other way. Now, the mystery was also a part of what went so right for me here. I was into this puzzle and enjoyed working out who could've done it. I suspected some things correctly but fell for other bits of misdirection so wound up surprised as well and it was all deliciously satisfying. Seeing the villains get theirs was nice even if I was taken aback by Elizabeth's aloofness. The politeness and forthrightness of everyone from Elizabeth, Bogdan, the spies and criminals reminded me of the John Wick verse. Macabre and funny as hell. Everyone is deadly but they all know where they stand and the game is afoot. So, of course, I recommend this. It had crime, heart (I even cared for a tertiary character, Lance and hope he comes back again and it's all Joyce's fault) and humour. I need this to be a series on tv and I am now fancasting it in my head. I look forward to the next and I can't wait. All the stars! ALL. OF. THEM.  Recommended.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    Such a fun book following the first fun book in this series. Richard Osman has done justice to the septuagenarians, Elizabeth, Ibraham, Ron, and Joy once again, as this intrepid group track down dangerous people and twenty million pounds worth of diamonds. We meet Douglas, an exhusband of Elizabeth, a charming philandering soul who is involved with the diamonds. The mafia, owner, or so they claim of the diamonds want their diamonds back and no cost of life and limb is too much for them. We experi Such a fun book following the first fun book in this series. Richard Osman has done justice to the septuagenarians, Elizabeth, Ibraham, Ron, and Joy once again, as this intrepid group track down dangerous people and twenty million pounds worth of diamonds. We meet Douglas, an exhusband of Elizabeth, a charming philandering soul who is involved with the diamonds. The mafia, owner, or so they claim of the diamonds want their diamonds back and no cost of life and limb is too much for them. We experience some catching up moments between Elizabeth and Douglas, but Douglas is fearful and is placed in a safe house guarded by M15 agents. When two bodies are shot in the face in the safe house, it is believed that Douglas and his young protector have gone to the great beyond. Where are the diamonds? In true M15 form, Douglas has left clues so the the former M16 spook Elizabeth can find the cache. Of course the TMC join forces and try to find not only the diamonds but the killers. Once again Richard Osman has made this group of seventy year olds a fun journey with lots of intelligence, and joie de vie. They are proud members of the "age is a number club", and prove there is a lot of spunk in these "mature" adults. Lots of turns make for an enjoyable story, but I did find that the ending seemed a tad rushed. If you enjoyed the first one, you will probably like this one as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Wonderful! There are few authors who can make me laugh and cry on the same page, write a crime story that has so many twists and turns my head is dizzy, create and develop such a wide range of fascinating characters, and have me desperate for the third book in the series before the second is published. The Thursday Murder Club was great fun but Richard Osman has honed his craft since then and this is so much better. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim, Chris, Donna and Bogdan join forces again to Wonderful! There are few authors who can make me laugh and cry on the same page, write a crime story that has so many twists and turns my head is dizzy, create and develop such a wide range of fascinating characters, and have me desperate for the third book in the series before the second is published. The Thursday Murder Club was great fun but Richard Osman has honed his craft since then and this is so much better. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim, Chris, Donna and Bogdan join forces again to solve several murders and a theft. The mafia, MI5, drug lords and international criminal organisations are involved but The Thursday Murder Club gets the better of them all. Great stuff! My only question is when on earth does Richard Osman find the time to write?! With thanks to Penguin/Viking and NetGalley for a review copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    It was lovely to be reunited with all the familiar characters from the first book. This time the story is more focused on the members of the Thursday Murder club with Joyce coming to the fore through her diary entries. We are also introduced to Kendrick, Ron’s grandson and a delightful addition to the team, while both Bogdan and Stephen’s characters are further developed. The mystery involves Elizabeth’ ex-husband who was also a spy. Spies mean MI5 are investigating but Detectives Donna and Chris It was lovely to be reunited with all the familiar characters from the first book. This time the story is more focused on the members of the Thursday Murder club with Joyce coming to the fore through her diary entries. We are also introduced to Kendrick, Ron’s grandson and a delightful addition to the team, while both Bogdan and Stephen’s characters are further developed. The mystery involves Elizabeth’ ex-husband who was also a spy. Spies mean MI5 are investigating but Detectives Donna and Chris are still part of the story as we get to learn more about their private lives. Head of the MI5 team is Sue, seemingly a younger version of Elizabeth so that is a challenge. This book was a lot of fun and I enjoyed reading it even more that the first in the series. The storyline was more streamlined and there are less ‘improbable occurrences’. I did miss meeting other residents of Cooper’s Chase but I am sure there will be opportunities in future episodes. I received this book from Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review. Here is the link to my review of the first book in the series. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I loved, “The Thursday Murder Club,” and was delighted to receive the sequel for review. We are back at Coopers Chase, where the members of the Thursday Murder Club are engrossed in a cold case, when a letter is slipped under Elizabeth’s door and, before long, there is a current mystery to investigate. If, in the previous book, we had glimpses of Elizabeth’s previous life as a spy, her past is explored in greater depth this time round, with MI5 appearing (Sue and Lance) alongside Chris and Donna I loved, “The Thursday Murder Club,” and was delighted to receive the sequel for review. We are back at Coopers Chase, where the members of the Thursday Murder Club are engrossed in a cold case, when a letter is slipped under Elizabeth’s door and, before long, there is a current mystery to investigate. If, in the previous book, we had glimpses of Elizabeth’s previous life as a spy, her past is explored in greater depth this time round, with MI5 appearing (Sue and Lance) alongside Chris and Donna, from Fairhaven police. Chris and Donna are staking out Connie Johnson, the ‘drugs kingpin’ of Fairhaven, when they learn that one of the Thursday Murder Club has been injured in a mugging and, of course, are keen to see justice done. While you sense that Richard Osman had huge fun with this book, involving spies, international money laundering, diamonds, and much more, I promise that you will have much more fun reading it. Every character is integral to the plot and fleshed out; whether the young girl watching the left luggage lockers at the station, Ron’s grandson, Kendrick, or the driver of the Coopers Chase minibus. Joyce’s musings will make you chuckle, but there is real poignancy and depth to Osman’s writing. This is fun and – for me – pretty much unputdownable, but it is also intelligent and perceptive. Long may the Thursday Murder Club continue, and I will happily follow their adventures. If I could give this ten stars I would…. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review. I look forward to buying it on Audible and enjoying the whole adventure again, on publication.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    It was delightful to re-visit the world of Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron at the Coopers Chase retirement community, characters readers grew to know and love from Richard Osman's 2020 smash hit The Thursday Murder Club. In this outing, the team of sept- and octogenarian crime fighters become embroiled with British Security Service MI5 after Elizabeth's former husband, who's still with the secret service, makes contact with her. A cache of valuable diamonds have gone missing from the nearby hom It was delightful to re-visit the world of Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron at the Coopers Chase retirement community, characters readers grew to know and love from Richard Osman's 2020 smash hit The Thursday Murder Club. In this outing, the team of sept- and octogenarian crime fighters become embroiled with British Security Service MI5 after Elizabeth's former husband, who's still with the secret service, makes contact with her. A cache of valuable diamonds have gone missing from the nearby home of a shady middleman. Ibrahim is mugged while on a visit to town, the culprit escaping the scene. The team's friendly police contacts, DCI Chris Hudson and PC Donna De Freitas, are meanwhile on obbo, attempting to catch a nefarious female crime boss in the act. After three violent deaths, the three separate storylines gradually converge as the Thursday Murder Club use their combined skills, charm and wide range of contacts to shed light on who are the good guys, who are the bad, and who are a bit of both... Building upon the solid foundation of The Thursday Murder Club, the characterisations of the central quartet are quirky and sympathetic. The supporting cast, both returning characters and new, are also well-developed and intriguing. The plot of The Man Who Died Twice is more complex and beguiling than that of its predecessor, and Richard Osman strikes a perfect balance between pathos, humour and intrigue. While I believe reading The Man Who Died Twice as a standalone would prove an entertaining and rewarding experience, I would strongly recommend reading in series order, for the sake of character development in particular. I'd highly recommend The Man Who Died Twice to any reader who enjoys character-driven mysteries with a nice dollop of humour. It's a delightful and engrossing read. My thanks to the author, Richard Osman, publisher Penguin UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this much-anticipated title.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Keenly anticipated, the second in the Thursday Murder Club series, The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is finally published. The team is back with savvy Elizabeth (previous MI6 agent), gruff Ron Ritchie (former trade unionist), caring Joyce Meadowcroft (onetime nurse) and intelligent Ibrahim Arif (an ex psychiatrist). For those unfortunate not to have read Richard’s debut crime fiction, the second is suitable as a standalone book, as knowledge of the previous events are unnecessary. Set in t Keenly anticipated, the second in the Thursday Murder Club series, The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is finally published. The team is back with savvy Elizabeth (previous MI6 agent), gruff Ron Ritchie (former trade unionist), caring Joyce Meadowcroft (onetime nurse) and intelligent Ibrahim Arif (an ex psychiatrist). For those unfortunate not to have read Richard’s debut crime fiction, the second is suitable as a standalone book, as knowledge of the previous events are unnecessary. Set in the luxurious Cooper's Chase retirement village in Kent, the group of pensioner friends are once again fully engaged in enjoying life and solving murders and finding the missing diamonds. An absolute joy to read, with its erudite narrative and humour, yet great crime fiction, best described in aussie slang as a ‘ripsnorter’. A sheer delight of a crime solving team, so reminiscent of the adventurous English children’s crime novels. So, a must read, do not miss five-star plus rating. With grateful thanks to Penguin General UK, Fig Tree Books and the author for an uncorrected proof copy for review purposes. Can’t wait for the next adventure of the geriatric sleuths!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    It has been a few months since we last read about things at Cooper's Chase and the Thursday Murder Club. One of their members has died, that happens when you live at a seniors retirement center, but for the remaining 4 members there is plenty of action. There are two parallel matters that they are now involved with. The first involves Ibrahim, a retired psychotherapist, and who is mugged right outside of the police station! He is seriously injured both physically and emotionally and the remainin It has been a few months since we last read about things at Cooper's Chase and the Thursday Murder Club. One of their members has died, that happens when you live at a seniors retirement center, but for the remaining 4 members there is plenty of action. There are two parallel matters that they are now involved with. The first involves Ibrahim, a retired psychotherapist, and who is mugged right outside of the police station! He is seriously injured both physically and emotionally and the remaining three members (Elizabeth, Joyce and Ron) are busy helping the police catch the assailant. The Elizabeths ex-husband shows up and is involved in both stealing $20 Million in diamonds plus dead bodies keep popping up. For a group of septuagenarians this is one busy group and they all use their unique talents and abilities to resolve the issues before them. This is the 2nd book in the series and you can tell the author really enjoys these characters and intrigue they are involved with. Not only that, it is refreshing to have a mystery series that features older characters, all of whom use their years of experience to figure out how to handle matters and assist the authorities in these cases. All in all a very well written and entertaining mystery series, with nothing that is objectionable to readers - unless you have an aversion to a few dead bodies!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Oh what fun! Easily all the stars for this one as I couldn’t get enough of my crime solving senior citizens. I loved The Thursday Murder Club last year and the follow up is just as clever, witty and twisty. I was hooked from the very beginning and sad when it was time to say goodbye again. But it looks like a third book is in the works so happy days. We return to Coopers Chase and are reunited with the gang... Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim. After all the excitement of the previous book they a Oh what fun! Easily all the stars for this one as I couldn’t get enough of my crime solving senior citizens. I loved The Thursday Murder Club last year and the follow up is just as clever, witty and twisty. I was hooked from the very beginning and sad when it was time to say goodbye again. But it looks like a third book is in the works so happy days. We return to Coopers Chase and are reunited with the gang... Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim. After all the excitement of the previous book they are on the look out for their next case and find it when a former colleague of Elizabeth’s turns up. Not going to say too much about the plot by this book hasn’t it all... a mugging, drug dealers, bodies piling up, MI5, diamonds and so much more. A fun, cozy murder mystery where once again the bodies start to pile up around them. It is funny and we learn a lot more about not only our 4 main characters but the local police that they work with... Chris and Donna. Highly recommend. Thanks to Penguin, Viking and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. Out in September 16th.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 The Thursday Murder Club - ★★★★★ #2 The Thursday Murder Club 2 - ★★★★★ The Man Who Died Twice was one of the most anticipated reads for me this year. I loved Richard Osman’s first book in the series, The Thursday Murder Club, and I couldn’t wait to dive into the second book immediately. Synopsis: It’s the following Thursday. Our lovely group of pensioners is going on about their day-to-day routine, when Elizabeth receives a letter from Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 The Thursday Murder Club - ★★★★★ #2 The Thursday Murder Club 2 - ★★★★★ The Man Who Died Twice was one of the most anticipated reads for me this year. I loved Richard Osman’s first book in the series, The Thursday Murder Club, and I couldn’t wait to dive into the second book immediately. Synopsis: It’s the following Thursday. Our lovely group of pensioners is going on about their day-to-day routine, when Elizabeth receives a letter from an old colleague. He’s in danger and he needs her help, and he’s somehow managed to get himself involved with some stolen diamonds and some angry people capable of a lot of violence. When things get heated and people start to die, Elizabeth needs the Thursday Murder Club crew to assist her. And Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim can’t wait to embark on another adventure. My Thoughts: This book is everything I expected it to be, but it still amazed me. First of all, Richard Osman is such an amazing storyteller. It was so easy to get into the story and read the book. The pace was steady and the chapters ended with a bit of suspense and mystery that made me keep going. The story was very well thought of, kept me hooked until the very end. The group of four people that we already know and love work so well! Each one of them is a unique character and I loved reading their individual scenes just as much as I enjoyed them hanging around together and solving mysteries. They have a certain bond that I crave to have when I make it to that age. When I think of the Thursday Murder Club crew, I have the Friends crew in mind, when they are in their 80’s. I usually get bored and distracted when reading dialogues that don’t contribute to moving the story forward – but with this book, I craved more interactions and never ceased to be amazed. The mystery side of the book was very interesting. We get a few clues along the way and at some point, I was sure I cracked the case. But boy, oh, boy, was I wrong! And not only that, but there is a smaller mystery as well that happens side-by-side, making the reading journey very unpredictable. I loved how everything comes together in the end, and it all makes perfect sense. I very much enjoyed the adventure that was The Man Who Died Twice and I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book Richard Osman decides to throw my way. Funny and mysterious, smart and adventurous – this book is a wonderful sequel to a brilliant series. If you’re still in doubt – go for it! The Thursday Murder Club crew will immediately grow on you, as they did on me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman, the second book in The Thursday Murder Club Series starts from right where the last book ended, it's the falling Thursday and Elizabeth has received a mysterious letter from her old friend, colleague, an old man whom she had a lot of history with - Marcus Carmichael. The story is filled with murders, letters from potentially dead people, old friends and criminals whom the murder club put behind the bars, rivalry, mafia gangs, diamonds, violent mobsters, an The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman, the second book in The Thursday Murder Club Series starts from right where the last book ended, it's the falling Thursday and Elizabeth has received a mysterious letter from her old friend, colleague, an old man whom she had a lot of history with - Marcus Carmichael. The story is filled with murders, letters from potentially dead people, old friends and criminals whom the murder club put behind the bars, rivalry, mafia gangs, diamonds, violent mobsters, and four friends having each others back and finding the £20 million pounds of stolen diamonds as well as the killer before someone else gets murdered. I must say, this book is way better than the first one, the author has done a brilliant job in filling the gaps that he missed out in the first book as a murder mystery. The book thus stands to be humorous as well as mysterious at the same time. If you are murder mystery lover and want to explore something similar yet different, this is something you should check. More mystery and characters unfold as you read the book, which definitely would count as spoilers if I wrote anything more 😂

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    I started off thinking I wouldn't like this but quite enjoyed the start, it was lighthearted and funny, I liked the idea of (view spoiler)[ a group of pensioners that worked with MI5. (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed getting to know the characters and got drawn into to the storyline of Ibrahim and the incident that happens with this character early on in the book but the rest fell flat. The main mystery seemed to revolve around some(view spoiler)[ stolen diamonds, we know that the person who was suspe I started off thinking I wouldn't like this but quite enjoyed the start, it was lighthearted and funny, I liked the idea of (view spoiler)[ a group of pensioners that worked with MI5. (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed getting to know the characters and got drawn into to the storyline of Ibrahim and the incident that happens with this character early on in the book but the rest fell flat. The main mystery seemed to revolve around some(view spoiler)[ stolen diamonds, we know that the person who was suspected to have stolen them did steal them and was shot so that wasn't much of a mystery (hide spoiler)] unless a twist happens after I stopped reading at page 185. This reminded me of the style most radio 4 comedies are written in, too hammed up and twee.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The Man Who Died Twice returns the reader to retirement village Cooper's Chase and our four favourite septuagenarians - Joyce, Elizabeth, Ron and Ibrahim. This time the gang become embroiled in a spy mission to rescue some diamonds, leaving bodies in their wake. Although I enjoyed The Thursday Murder club, I found something a little bit lacking in the plot and writing style. This does a much better job of hooking the reader into the narrative, while ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The Man Who Died Twice returns the reader to retirement village Cooper's Chase and our four favourite septuagenarians - Joyce, Elizabeth, Ron and Ibrahim. This time the gang become embroiled in a spy mission to rescue some diamonds, leaving bodies in their wake. Although I enjoyed The Thursday Murder club, I found something a little bit lacking in the plot and writing style. This does a much better job of hooking the reader into the narrative, while also expanding on these characters we've known to love. All round it's a much more cohesive story, filled with everything you would expect from the group. We get Joyce baking and flirting, Ron dressing up as a plumber and a London gangster as part of their schemes, Ibrahim just being the centre of reason and Elizabeth leading them all into danger with a level head. The book works so well because of these characters and the way they intertwine and interact with each other. All of them are really well developed and nuanced, and it makes it very difficult to not fall in love with them. As mentioned, the narrative is executed much better than in the previous installment. The plot takes a playful nod at Elizabeth's MI5 past, bringing in her ex husband to spice things up a little bit, while slowing drawing out this bigger story involving murder, diamonds and the Mafia. We also see the evolving relationship of Chris and Patsy, as well as Donna, and how their lives keep getting caught up with the Thursday Murder Club. However they definitely take a backseat this time round, which I appreciated more. I feel like these stories should be predominantly about the main gang. At times I did think the plot is dragged out a little bit too much, meaning the pacing is a little off. There's also good discussions around themes such as trauma, PTSD, loneliness and playing up to stereotypes. Everyone always underestimates the elderly, presuming they'll be a bit past it, and although this is another topic that is used to great affect in the previous novel it's a refreshing enough discussion that I welcomed it again this time around. Joyce in particular is very good at coming off as unassuming and friendly, but underneath she's as sharp as a knife. That woman doesn't miss a thing. Another great entry to the Thursday Murder Club series. I really hope there's another one, because these books are wonderfully refreshing and comforting. Also, I want to see Joyce and Alan. That woman deserves the world.

  30. 4 out of 5

    R Smith

    Loved the friendship bracelets

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