Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

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?

The sleuthing seniors return! And they are better than ever! I absolutely loved The Man Who Died Twice. It is funnier, wittier, and dare I say, smarter, than its predecessor. It really shows Osmond’s growth as a writer, which he himself asserts in the acknowledgements, and I wholeheartedly agree. I couldn’t put this book down – it captures a perfect blend of a gripping mystery whilst keeping a level of heart that makes the story cosy. In this adventure, Elizabeth’s past comes back to haunt her and takes our sleuthing seniors on a new case to solve…There’s drug busts, there’s murder galore, there’s conspiracy theories, there’s millions of £££ on the line… All of it felt very slick from start to finish

What makes these books so special is the balance Osman strikes. It brings an awareness of real issues and concerns that our older generations experience and it always makes me feel emotional and full of gratitude Osman is giving this age group a place in popular and present fiction. It demonstrates that getting older doesn’t mean you’re worth less or less capable of being the smartest person in the room or less capable of being the most caring person in the room.

Elizabeth is her bossy self, Abraham is his wise self, Ron is his usual brass but hilarious self and Joyce is the ever helpful and kind friend we love and know. And the side characters – Donna, Chris and Bogdan – were just as good to read.

I cannot wait to see where Osman takes this group of characters next. I am bursting out of my seat impatient for the next instalment! The Man Who Died Twice is nothing less than a perfect sequel offering an exciting and engaging mystery, whilst tugging the heartstrings and, like The Thursday Murder Club, left me feeling happy. I also didn’t predict the twists!

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