• The Man Who Died Twice

  • A Thursday Murder Club Mystery
  • By: Richard Osman
  • Narrated by: Lesley Manville
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4,359 ratings)

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The Man Who Died Twice

By: Richard Osman
Narrated by: Lesley Manville
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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times bestseller!

The second gripping novel in the New York Times bestselling Thursday Murder Club series, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment

“It’s taken a mere two books for Richard Osman to vault into the upper leagues of crime writers. . . The Man Who Died Twice. . . dives right into joyous fun."
—The New York Times Book Review

The Bullet That Missed, the third installment in the Thursday Murder Club series, is forthcoming!

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.

©2021 Richard Osman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“These septuagenarian sleuths of the Thursday Murder Club don’t miss a beat…”
—People

“It’s taken a mere two books for Richard Osman to vault into the upper leagues of crime writers… The Man Who Died Twice. . . dives right into joyous fun. Osman’s writing reminds me of Anthony Berkeley’s in its mixing of sparkling humor and resonant emotion. . . No wonder readers, myself included, have surrendered to [the Thursday Murder Club members’] abundant charms.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Think of the Thursday Murder Club itself as a senior version of 'The A-Team'. . . Funny, moving and suspenseful. . .  So delicious, even adorable . . A wildly entertaining book.” —The Washington Post

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Smart, Funny, Superbly Read

Osman’s two mysteries about a group of characters in a retirement facility are the most pleasurable mysteries I’ve read in a long time. They’re brilliantly funny in a wry, straight-faced sort of way, and Odman navigates the characters’ serious personal tragedies while remaining essentially confident of human strengths and tolerant of human failings. The retirees aren’t played for condescending laughs; instead, Osman finds humor in the retirees’ inventive ways of breaking people’s expectations of them—and their expectations of each other. And Osman makes me delight in his ending plot twists instead of feeling I’ve been put into my place. Manville’s reading is purely wonderful. I listen to a lit of audio books while exercising, but this is one of the few books for which I would recommend the audio version even for people who normally prefer silent reading. Manville’s voices are just differentiated enough, without annoying exaggerations or disconcerting efforts to signal the speakers’ sex with falsely deep or shrill registers. Her subtle sense of comic timing is impeccable, and she invites the reader to share her delight in each of the characters.

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Fabulous

Extremely entertaining. The characters have come into their own. I laughed, worried and could completely relate to the nuisances of the elderly issues.
Thank you to the team.

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What a delight !

Even better than The Thursday Murder Mystery Club.

Completely over the top; pushes the boundaries of belief; and such a delight. Particularly enjoyable for someone ‘of an age’ where one is frequently invisible.

I love how each character’s story is further developed.

The narrator is excellent!! Each voice is distinct and perfectly captures the personality of the character.

I can’t wait for the continuation of everyone’s story.

No spoilers - it’s too much fun to explore this on your own.

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my very favorite book

As unfathomable as it seems, this book is even better than the first of the series. Every character evokes your emotion in one way or the other, there's so much going on (which is TONS of fun), and it all ties together magnificently in the end. Love it!

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The good times keep going with book number 2!

Book number 2 was a continuation of all the goodness book number 1 started. The mystery unfolded surprise after surprise, and laughter unexpected. Richard Osman just knows how to connect readers to the characters and Leslie Manville gives them each a true voice. Another recommendation for *Must Listen* as well as must read. (It was so good I bought the book, too!)

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Great!

I hope there are more to come in this series!!

Love the characters , nice to have “ older “ charters still active and fun

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Oh my gosh I loved this book!!!

One of the best books I’ve listened to in a long, long time. I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out. Richard Osman is a brilliant writer and Lesley Manville is absolute perfection as the reader. I can’t believe how sad I felt when I finished this book.

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Amazing Writing!

I love, love, love this book! I’m sure to listen to it multiple times. Richard Osman, please continue to gift us with your wonderful talent.

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Charming! Take me to Coopers chase!

Love the Thursday murder club! The characters are so well thought out, you love each one for their own quirks. I thought I knew the killer but I was wrong! Love the narration, story, everything! Can’t wait for another!

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Favorite read of year!

I read close to 100 books this year—and this is my favorite!
Everything is so fun—it is the perfect cozy with all the elements (excluding the Poirot ‘grand revival’)
Good twists and characters.
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The ending the man who died twice, made me tear up. I was not expecting that line. I read lots of great lit. I would put this up with the great cozies—really well done!

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