Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Description (from cover): “Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim–the Thursday Murder Club–are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village.

But they are out of luck.

An unexpected visitor–an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)–arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam.

Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.

Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of the Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first–an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read.”

My Thoughts:

This book really has it all: spies, murder, missing diamonds, and the return of Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim–the loveable grandparents we wished we all had–solving crimes at their posh retirement community. The group recently solved a murder mystery and have called themselves the Thursday Murder Club and are expecting to have some downtime to recover from their last adventure. Alas, this is not the be the case. Elizabeth, a former spy, is contacted by her ex-husband Douglas, who is also a spy and he informs her that he needs her help. He is suspected of stealing two million dollars worth of diamonds from a operation he was participating in and now the guy he stole the diamonds from wants him dead. He is now in confined at the same retirement community for his own safety. Trusting only Elizabeth to help him, she enlists the help of her retirement community friends Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim to assist her again with another investigation. The investigation has twists and turns that no one sees coming and they are all in extreme danger.

This book is the second book in a series with the first book being The Thursday Murder Club which was published back in 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed that book when it was released and knew I had to get my hands on this new installment in the series as soon as I could. Osman has a way with making the reader fall in love with the characters. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim all have different backgrounds and circumstances that led them to living in the retirement community and it is interesting to see how the author weaves them all together. Each has their own quirks and brings their own personalities to the overall story. I don’t know which one I love more. They are all equally fabulous characters in their own right.

I also love how everything isn’t quite so clean and cookie cutter in these mysteries and sometimes the group does things that are not quite legal to further advance their investigations. I find that quite refreshing as I read a lot of mystery novels and it is nice to see an author do something different every once in a while. This book only made me love the series even more and I cannot wait for the next book to be released. Another fantastic read by Osman and one you do not want to miss if you love a good comedic mystery that will leave you on edge trying to figure out what is going to happen next. Please check out the first book in this series as well if you are intrigued. Both were great reads that I couldn’t put down.

Overall Rating: 5+ Stars

Title: The Man Who Died Twice

Author: Richard Osman

Series: Thursday Murder Club #2

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

Pages: 365

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Get It: Amazon

Disclaimer: This book was selected by myself at the library and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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