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07 September 2020

Audiobook Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, narrated by Lesley Manville *AD Gifted

Penguin provided me with access to a digital copy of the audiobook for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, narrated by Lesley Manville.

I have a thing for "celebrity" novels. They tend to be pretty easy to read and I fly through them. I purposefully seek them out and I keep my expectations middling. Which meant that The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman far exceeded my expectations.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, narrated by Lesley Manville cover

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves

A female cop with her first big case

A brutal murder

Welcome to…


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

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Source: Review copy

5 Word Review: Friendship, murder, mystery, retirement, life.

I found that The Thursday Murder Club was an easy read, but I also think this is the cosiest cosy mystery I have ever experienced. And it's truly excellent fun. And quite cleverly written.

Lesley Manville does an excellent job at narrating the story. Her voice suits the character so well and really brought them to life, with slightly different intonation for each when the story is told from their perspective. They were the perfect choice of narrator and I'll be keeping an eye out for other books they have lent their voice to.

The Thursday Murder Club feels very, very British. It is somehow slightly quaint, even being set in a luxurious retirement village. And that retirement village, wow. I would very much like to live at Coopers Chase myself, I'll take the risk. It sounds like heaven, and very expensive.

Some of the characters did grate me a little - mostly in how they played in to stereotypes. It did lend a very recognisable face of sorts to the characters, their flaws and the things that made me dislike them slightly made them all the more real. But I could have done without the cantankerous old man being a knob just because he can!

I kind of need more to the story - it was a really comforting read and I enjoyed the mystery. I would happily join the Thursday Murder Club for more of their investigations.


  1. I follow Richard Osman on twitter, so I keep hearing about this book and need to clear my book backlog so I can buy it! I am really interested to see how his unique humour style translates to a novel.

  2. I'm always on the lookout for good audio books to enjoy during long road trips. This one sounds very entertaining! I hope I get all the British jokes.

  3. This book sounds so intriguing! I've seen a lot about it and your review has made me add it to my TBR! Great review!

    Lois |

  4. I understand that stereotypes can be annoying, but I love the comforting sound of this :)


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