It’s an intricately woven whodunit with delightful characters and witty dialogue, a laugh-out-loud, quirky gem I couldn’t put down. There were so many twists and turns that I was guessing until the very last pages. The friendships between the septuagenarian sleuths are poignant and added depth to the eccentric novels. Of course, I loved that the primary character was a woman of a certain age. Book #2 was even better than the first — great entertainment during trying times. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.
“More women are murdering people these days,” says Joyce. “If you ignore the context, it is a real sign of progress.” Richard Osman, The Man Who Died Twice
In this second installment, the Thursday Murder Club takes on the Mafia, hunts for stolen diamonds, investigates a murder or two, and avenges the brutal mugging of one of their own. Former MI5 spy Elizabeth Best has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake and his life is in danger. As bodies start piling up, she enlists fellow Club members: retired nurse Joyce Meadowcroft, psychiatrist Ibrahim Arif, political activist Ron Ritchie, and three honorary members, fixer Bogdan Jankowski, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hudson, and Police Constable Donna De Freitas. But this time, they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four senior citizens. Can Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?
Published Date: September 2021
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