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Publisher's Summary

"A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom...such fun!" (Kate Atkinson, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Big Sky

Four septugenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves 

A female cop with her first big case

A brutal murder

Welcome to....

The Thursday Murder Club

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?

©2020 Richard Osman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Funny, clever and compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled.” (Harlan Coben, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Boy from the Woods)

“I don’t know how to do this brilliant book justice. Diabolically clever, very funny, highly entertaining - utterly delightful.  I completely fell in love with it. I need more of The Thursday Murder Club!” (Shari Lapena, New York Times best-selling author of The Couple Next Door

“Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so very funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy.” (Marian Keyes, international best-selling author of The Break

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Definite twists

The author kept me second guessing who the real killer was the entire time. Highly recommend 👌

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I want join The Thursday Murder Club

This book was such a delight! The plot has many twists and the characters are so well written. You will want to be friends with most of them. Please make a movie or TV show of this!

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Very entertaining, endless plot twists

I'm a big reader of murder mysteries, and this one quickly became one of my favorites. It's so well plotted, with so many twists and red herrings, but also enough clues scattered along the way that you can pick up on if you read very carefully (or, like me, not pick them up until later when they're pointed out to you...). The characters are great, multidimensional, funny and smart and tender and flawed in endearing ways. It's a great setting for a murder mystery too. I just wish Cooper's Chase were real so I could move there.

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Loved the book but needed better audio production

This book was very well written and very well read by the narrator. However each chapter was a different sound level. That got to be a bit annoying as there were over 100 chapters. I had to reset the sound level for each one.

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A pancea for these times

The club consists of four retired individuals living in a Kent, England, retirement community. They meet weekly to discuss cold cases purloined from the files of a past member, a detective. Meanwhile the developer of the retirement community wants to add additional housing by removing a convent's burial ground and building on that space he now owns. Everyone else is opposed to it. As the conflict develops, his contractor is murdered. So the Thursday Murder Club are now investigating an open case. The characters are delightful. The plot progresses logically yet with surprises. It ends satisfyingly. This book would be attractive to lovers of Golden Age mystery and traditional mystery. The narrator is very talented but the recording quality is uneven. Still, if you aren't British, I'd recommend listening to the audio because the performance brings out the British sense of humor you would otherwise miss.

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If you like Alexander McCall Smith you will love The Thursday Murder Club

New author. First novel. Home run out of the park. This book came to my notice on my audible feed and while I usually ignore such prompts am so glad I gave the TMC a try. Great narration, fabulous characters— a fun cozy mystery with both laughs and soul. Two thumbs way up.

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Fabulously entertaining!

This is a book to return to, again and again. It's that much fun. When I read the description, I thought, OK. How bad could it be? Well, I was wonderfully surprised by the rich characterizations, twisty plot, and droll wit. It's all good. Try it. I'm am SO glad that I did. And I hear there's another volume in the works. Yay!

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Sophisticated writing.

Finally, a good clean mystery novel. I can't remember a book filled with as much love and intelligence as this story offers. The Thursday Murder Club is a true mystery in every sense of the word. You can listen in the car with young people, absolutely no swearing. The plot is fascinating. Best of all, there is a second book coming.

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Best Book I’ve Read in a Long Time

I loved this book! I’m in the age range of the main characters, and the writing is a good representation of how my family, friends, and I talk and think, but we’re minus any murder mysteries. 😊 This book is laugh out loud funny, sad, and has a good mystery plot. Lesley Manville is the best reader I’ve heard on an Audible book. I wish she could read every book I listen to.

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World got you down? Escape to Coopers Chase

Here in America things have been rather bleak for somewhere between 8 months and since 2016. If you are suffering from “pandemic fatigue” and existential dread please just get this book. I am not saying it will solve any of your problems but it will help. It is delightful, charming, warm hearted and it’s also a darn good mystery. The audiobook is wonderfully narrated as well. Here’s a pro tip, if you put in one earbud you can partially drown out the sounds of your “distance learning” children but you’ll still be able to hear them when they start yelling about needing their fifth snack of the morning. It won’t bother you as much though because you’ll be there with the gang in cozy Coopers Chase eating quaint sounding British cakes and and drinking wine at 11 am.