Book Review

Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

There’s something very gentle about Richard Osman’s writing that makes the perfect combination of murder and cosy fiction that pulls you in quickly and powers you through to the end.

Title: The Man Who Died Twice
Author: Richard Osman
Series: The Thursday Murder Club #2
Pages: 422
Publication Date: 16th September 2021
Publisher: Penguin
Ownership: eARC

Rating: 3.5 stars

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 Review

Richard Osman has this lovely style of writing that just pulls you in to the story, no matter how far-fetched it all seems – you could almost believe it. (And that’s not just Joyce’s voice). All four of the Thursday Murder Club were on top form, showing their razor-sharp observation skills, compassion and trademark naivete that just sets this apart in terms of cosy murder fiction!

For me, one of the downsides was that this one was really all about Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s mysterious past, Elizabeth being smart, Elizabeth being clever. Her skills and smarts make her the souped-up star of the show, although there are plenty of touching moments from the rest of the team.

Donna and Chris (and Patrice) are potentially some of my favourite characters, though, and I was disappointed that we didn’t see more of them, rather than just bringing in the police when it was convenient for our murder team.

I also found the portrayal of the (female) drug boss a little frustrating. She spends most of her time swooning and dressing up to impress Bogdan (who is excellent), despite clearly being a capable and dangerous crime boss. I couldn’t quite gather whether having her preen about was to say ‘hey, this is funny, she’s a person too’ or to just disempower her …

However it was still a fun mystery for the group to solve, as long as you don’t think too much about all the wanton, gruesome murders …

I received an eARC of the book from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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