Review: The Bullet That Missed (The Thursday Murder Club #3) by Richard Osman

Review: The Bullet That Missed by Richard OsmanAbout the book:

Blurb from Penguin Random House SA

The third book in the record-breaking Thursday Murder Club series from British national treasure Richard Osman.

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

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club is 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

I was counting down to the release date of this book!  Richard Osman is one of my “auto-buy” fiction authors.   Again, we meet Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim, at Coopers Chase Retirement Village. Every Thursday they meet to discuss police files, looking for cold cases to solve.

Some new allies and enemies are entering the story as well, and as always Richard Osman’s storytelling is utterly charming and engaging.  Short chapters, told from different POVs keep your attention and I experienced the “just one more chapter” fever.  It was like enjoying your favourite treat, you just want to devour it because it is so delicious, whilst trying to savour it lasts just a little bit longer.

Do not for one moment think that, because the main protagonists are senior citizens that they are not to be taken seriously.  They are razor sharp, witty, devious, and smart with their life experience and memories enhancing their detective skills.   I do believe that it is the author’s aim with this series, to show that our seniors still have so much to contribute and should not be dismissed and underestimated.

Joyce gives me life!

Where there’s murder involved, you can imagine that there is some obscurity and intricacies, managed beautifully by Mr Osman.

  • Whodunit
  • Character-driven
  • Witty and clever writing
  • Gang of unlikely friends
  • Endearing characters

I heard that a 6-book deal was signed for “The Thursday Murder Club”, so there’s lots more to come!

Have not read this series yet?

It is never too late to dig in! It is quite important to read the books in the correct order though, to fully appreciate the character development and backstories.

The Thursday Murder Club

  1. The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club #1) – 2020
  2. The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club #2) – 2021
  3. The Bullet That Missed (Thursday Murder Club #3) – 2022

Roelia Reads Rating 5/5!

Thank you to Penguin Random House SA for the opportunity to read this book.

The Details

Recommended Price R330.00

Published September 2022


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