The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman #review

Book cover of The Man Who Died Twice by  Richard Osman

Title: The Man Who Died Twice
Series: The Thursday Murder Club #2
Author: Richard Osman
Publisher: Penguin

Synopsis:

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? 

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My review:

The Man Who Died Twice is the brilliantly entertaining second novel in The Thursday Murder Club series. We return to Cooper’s Chase retirement home and back to the close friendship group of Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim and Roy as they track down the person who hurt one of their friends and try to find some missing diamonds, allegedly stolen by someone Elizabeth used to work with…

The characters in this novel are as entertaining and loveable as ever. We find out a lot more about Elizabeth and her background, and it’s great to see the return of Donna, Chris too – plus we meet Donna’s mum Patrice too! And it’s great to see the enigmatic Bogdan return too – he’s become one of my favourite characters. We also meet some very ruthless criminals who pose real danger to the group.

As is expected, there are lots of humorous moments in this novel – maybe more than in The Thursday Murder Club, in fact! The plot is great fun albeit very silly at times, as you’d expect really – the ending gets a bit ridiculous, but this isn’t a book you need to believe every minute of anyway! It made me smile and is a great book to relax with as we approach Christmas!

Rating: 4/5

Many thanks to the publisher, Penguin, who provided a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest review.

Read my review of The Thursday Murder Club.


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