Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman


Title: The Man Who Died Twice {The Thursday Murder Club #2}

Author: Richard Osman

Published: 16th September 2021, Viking UK

Status: Read September 2021 courtesy Penguin UK/Netgalley



My Thoughts:


Richard Osman’s debut, The Thursday Murder Club, was an absolute delight, as is this sequel, The Man Who Died Twice.

Set in a luxury retirement village in the south-east region of England, the septuagenarian members of the Thursday Murder Club, – Elizabeth, a former MI5 intelligence operative; Ibrahim, a mostly retired psychiatrist; Ron, once a union boss, who enjoys playing devil’s advocate; and Joyce, a former nurse; find themselves in the midst of another caper when Elizabeth is contacted by an ex-colleague, pleading for her help.

Osman gives us a more complex mystery in The Man Who Died Twice which includes £20 million pounds worth of stolen diamonds, a double cross, a drug dealer, an international money launderer, and a teenage thug. Unfolding at a lively pace, I really enjoyed how the main mystery plot developed, finding it exciting and entertaining. I also appreciated the skillful way in which the various threads of the story are drawn together to create a very satisfying conclusion.

I was again charmed by the personalities of the Thursday Murder Club foursome as they inveigled, manipulated, coerced, and traded favours in their race to find the missing diamonds, solve two murders, and avenge Ibrahim. I particularly enjoyed the role Joyce played in this novel, Elizabeth may be the brains of the group, but underestimating Joyce is a mistake, even if she can’t knit. I was also happy to see local police officers, PC Donna de Freitas, and DCI Chris Hudson (who is now dating Donna’s Mum) as well as the enigmatic Bogdan, return.

Witty, clever and lively, The Man Who Died Twice is an entertaining read. I’m cheered to know a third instalment is in the works.


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6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 27, 2021 @ 10:25:51

    I almost bought the Thursday Murder Club yesterday as it is now out in paperback. And now you’ve convinced me that I should get a copy. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Jennifer
    Sep 27, 2021 @ 12:35:54

    It is a terrific read, isn’t it? I am also looking forward to a third instalment.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. BookerTalk
    Oct 03, 2021 @ 05:05:21

    I think there are six planned in total in this series. They are very loosely based on the retirement home where Osman’s mum lives.

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  5. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 09, 2021 @ 07:23:34

    Fantastic review! I loved this so much. I’ve listened to both on audio.



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