The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman | #bookreview #ThursdayMurderClub | @VikingBooksUK

I’m pleased to be sharing my review of the latest Thursday Murder Club mystery today. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and was keen to see what the situations the characters would get themselves into this time.

About the book

It is an ordinary Thursday and things should finally be returning to normal.

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A decade-old cold case leads them to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers.
Then a new foe pays Elizabeth a visit. Her mission? Kill…or be killed.
As the cold case turns white hot, Elizabeth wrestles with her conscience (and a gun), while Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim chase down clues with help from old friends and new. But can the gang solve the mystery and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?

My Thoughts

It was good to be back with the Thursday Murder Club again. This time, they are investigating a cold case involving the death of a journalist. Things are never straightforward with this gang and before long they are involved with tv stars, prisoners, ex-KGB members, money launderers and the murky world of crypto-currency. With short chapters following each character, it’s a real page-turner of a book.

As always, despite the danger the group find themselves in or put themselves in, the book is full of humour. Joyce in particular is a hoot! I love the friendship and support between the elderly sleuths and the way they all use their individual and very varied talents to chase down the criminals. And talking of criminals, Richard Osman has quite a knack for creating baddies who turn out to be rather lovable. Viktor and the Viking were both quite charming and engaging despite the no-doubt awful things they had done in their pasts.

There is love in the air for many of the group and this was an added extra element to the book this time. For all that Elizabeth has had a very interesting if mysterious past in MI6, we see a much softer side to her in her friendship with Joyce and especially in her love for her husband Stephen.

The Bullet That Missed is another hugely entertaining read with a cast of quirky characters who feel like old friends by now. One of the good things about reading these books is that you can be fairly certain that all will be well in the end. But there’s always that element of doubt. I think perhaps that The Man Who Died Twice is still my favourite of the series so far, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest adventure and am pleased to read that there will be a fourth in the series. I see the first book is going to be made into a film and I can’t wait to see who they cast. Surely Helen Mirren has to be Elizabeth?

The Bullet that Missed is published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books.
It is available now in hardback, audiobook and ebook formats.

About the Author

Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. His first two novels, The Thursday Murder Club and The Man Who Died Twice were multi-million-copy record-breaking bestsellers around the world. The Bullet that Missed is his third book. He lives in London with his partner and Liesl the cat.

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