Book Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman @richardosman @PamelaDormanBks

The Man Who Died Twice
A Thursday Murder Club Mystery #2
Richard Osman
Pamela Dorman Books, September 2021
ISBN 978-1-9848-8099-4

If you read The Thursday Murder Club and enjoyed it as much as I did, then you should definitely get your hands on The Man Who Died Twice, the second book in the series. It’s great to revisit Coopers Chase, the upscale retirement village, along with the those unforgettable characters Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim who live there.

Still on something of a high after solving the first Thursday Club Murder Mystery, the friends and neighbours are enjoying some peace and quiet. But not for long! When an old friend and colleague of Elizabeth’s appears asking for her help, fearful for his life after being accused of stealing diamonds worth millions, she is hard pressed to refuse.

It isn’t long before a body turns up and Elizabeth and her friends suddenly find themselves dealing with a murderer intent on recovering those precious diamonds no matter how many bodies fall by the wayside in the attempt. But Elizabeth hopes to prevent that from happening by finding the missing diamonds.

The Murder Club members also find themselves coming to Ibrahim’s rescue after he is knocked down and injured by some street kids who also steal his phone. Mixed in with that are a local drug dealer and several MI6 members who are also chasing the diamonds.

Elizabeth takes charge as only she can, but bodies do appear fairly regularly and she and her friends are soon tangled up with a number of unsavoury characters in a new and far reaching adventure.

Dabs of humour lighten this, at times dark, yet enjoyable tale and there’s also a bit of romance thrown in.

The Author has a winning combination here…. and I can hardly wait for the next Thursday Murder Club Mystery to appear.

Respectfully submitted.

Reviewed by guest reviewer Moyra Tarling, October 2021.