British TV presenter, producer and director Richard Osman adds “novelist” to his resume with The Thursday Murder Club, an imaginitive and witty whodunit set in the high-priced Coopers Chase Retirement Village in Kent, England.
Solving cold-case murders isn’t an pastime listed within the retirement network brochure, however it’s quite popular with a quartet of whip-clever resident septuagenarians—Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron—who are devoted to the cause. The institution meets in the Jigsaw Room; the time slot is “booked below the name Japanese Opera: A Discussion, which ensured they have been constantly left in peace.”
Little do they recognise that Coopers Chase developer and proprietor Ian Ventham has constructed the area with ill-gotten money, and he’s were given plans to expand while, er, taking care of a few criminal-underworld-related issues. When Ventham’s business associate Tony Curran, a talented builder and prolific drug dealer, is murdered, the membership seizes the possibility to paintings on something sparkling and exciting (despite the fact that their help isn’t always welcome). Not lengthy after, there is another murder, plus the invention of human bones that don’t belong within the cemetery where they had been found. The investigation’s urgency ratchets up accordingly—and the quantity of feasible suspects increases, lots of them right there in Coopers Chase.
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Through a few hilariously masterful manipulation, the group finds clues and teases out witness testimony, no small thanks to Elizabeth’s incredible network (she just possibly might be a former spy) and the membership members’ talent for using stereotypes about the elderly to their advantage. Joyce, the organization’s newest member, chronicles the club’s hijinks in her diary with a tone of hesitant glee, and also muses on motherhood, mortality and romantic love.
Osman’s careful interest to the realities of lifestyles in a retirement village ensures that The Thursday Murder Club is a compassionate, considerate tribute to a segment of the populace that’s often dismissed and ignored. It’s also an awesome instance of the ways wherein a homicide thriller can be extraordinary fun.