Welcome back to another Audiobook Spotlight and the first of 2021! In this post I like to shine a light on an audiobook that I have really enjoyed listening to, hopefully to give you some recommendations or make you an audiobook convert!
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Publication Date: 3rd September 2020
Narrator: Lesley Manville
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Humour
Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
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. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
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?
Spoiler: This is my favourite book of 2020. For me, it was absolute perfection. I can’t stop talking about this book! And here is why:
Firstly, despite this being a crime novel, it was absolutely hilarious in such a quintessential British way. I adore watching Richard Osman on TV, particularly his games show Richard Osman’s House of Games and the whole novel smacked of his wit. This was particularly evident in the characterisation of the members of the Thursday Murder Club. Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim and Ron were caricatures of themselves, with lots of tongue in cheek humour, but they still felt incredibly real and believable. Elizabeth is such an enigma; I’ve heard rumblings of TTMC #2 in the pipeline so I’m hoping the next instalment will shed some light on her!
As I was listening to this book in the car, there were so many times, stuck in traffic around Leicester, that I laughed or gasped out loud, frequently shouting “Oh my God” or “no way!” at the twists and turns. You always think you know what will happen and who is the culprit, but you never, ever do!
When I listened to this book, in part thanks to Lesley Manville’s superb narration, there were several moments where I could so vividly imagine the scene through Osman’s fantastic imagery. The humourous presentation of events sometimes felt like a classic British comedy where the camera pans out and what you thought was happening was indeed something else!
Although I found this book really witty, it wasn’t just a comedy. It was about friendship, growing older, finding a good quality of life and there were many moments which really touched me.
Since listening to this book, I’ve recommended it to my other audiobook enthusiast colleague who thought it was fantastic and I’ve bought a copy for my mum for Christmas. I’m also tempted to buy a copy to have on my shelf to re-read (no idea when…) or lend out to my friends to spread the word about what a job this book is. I cannot wait to see what is in store in the sequel in the future!