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The Bullet That Missed: (The Thursday Murder Club 3) Hardcover – 15 Sept. 2022
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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?
Unlike the bullet, Richard Osman seems incapable of missing ― The Times
Delivered with the sharp wit that we associate with Osman ― Financial Times
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Readers can't get enough of the Thursday Murder Club series!
- Publisher : Viking; 1st edition (15 Sept. 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241512425
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241512425
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 6 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2022
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Osman has a gentle writing style which is easy to read. Despite the serious aspects of the plot, there is gentle humour running through it that really helps the reader to connect with the plot and characters, however outlandish some of it may seem.
The Bullet That Missed has quite a complex plot that the author brings together in a really clever way.
I was intrigued throughout the novel and I really wanted to know the answers to the questions that are raised.
I hope this series continues for a long time to come and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for these characters!
I asked myself what Joyce would do. I carried on regardless.
The Thursday Murder Club is now veering into a cold case land via the previous slaying of a popular female TV presenter. It’s comfortable territory for the author, and it feels as such for the reader. Introducing Mike the TV anchor and Pauline the helpful make-up artist as the main side ‘cast’, our Fab Four once more persuade those closest to the victim to assist them in their investigations.
Of course, now that we know more about Elizabeth’s ‘secret service’ past things invariably means murkier waters. I don’t want to have to include spoilers - perhaps, suffice to say that she is who Villanelle of ‘Killing Eve’ might hope to be one day, when she knocks on in age.
This book is different in that our four detectives aren’t quite as closely intertwined as they were way back in book one, and I missed that a little bit, but there has to be some progression.
Donna and Chris are on hand once more to provide some sort of police back-up, headed up by a very confident boss who also runs a side hustle as a murder fiction writer.
What keeps us involved, rooting and cheering are the relationships, loyalty, belief and trust in each other that our four faves have. It is unwavering and without condition.
It is what my mum Doreen would have called ‘a lovely turn of phrase’ which Richard Osman injects both warmth and charm into. When he describes Joyce as wishing the TV presenter Mike would undress her cardigan with his eyes, it is simply beautiful to read.
Joyce feels very much like the star of this book - her optimism, sense of romance and flirtation remind us all that a lust for life doesn’t end when the pension payments have long since kicked in.
Osman paints his minor characters with just as much detail - like Elizabeth, we long for the moments of clarity as her husband’s memory continues to dwindle.
When those moments are delivered, they are just as winning as the solving of crimes.
This book provided familiar comfort during a week that felt that winter, and this one may be filled with discontent, was finally on its way. For a reader like myself, and I’m certainly not unique when you see the bestseller list, this is another outing for a Club we are not just invested in, but now feel very much a part of.
If other reviewers long for a bigger, more intellectual picture, then I’m sure they know where to find it.
I wanted a book to read while my husband was downstairs watching a documentary-series about a notorious serial killer, and I found it in this delightful, charming and infectiously funny thriller, where the author delivers pure joy in the details.
And now I have finished it and have to wait for the next one, I’m definitely thinking there is a market for a ‘What Would Joyce Do?’ mouse pad.
Book 3 is a whodunit with some twists, from a beloved bunch who revel in their quiet notoriety.
Oh, and if I happened to join the gang for real then Ron would definitely be my type of fella.
Just don’t tell my husband….
The characters all mesh together and create a page turning story. Humorous, interesting and some of it is very sad, you start to see deterioration of health for one and the realisation from some that they will not live forever. Joyce has some very good lines about living for today, as you might not be here tomorrow, so do the things you want to now before it is too late.
Alan is a dark horse, well actually he’s a dog, but he is a highly intelligent dog and he reminds me of the dog from another book I’ve read this year, lessons in chemistry (try it couldn’t put it down.) dogs with their own minds and thoughts, which is now I like to think they are in real life as well.
There is a good plot throughout the book and it sweeps you in, which is why I read it cover to cover in 3 sittings. Although you could read this as a stand alone, I would highly recommend that you don’t as otherwise you will miss out on the back history of the characters, which Richard has built in the previous 2 books.
I love a good murder, not undertaking one personally, that would be against the law folks, but true crime, fiction, you name it, I love it and these books are some of the best I’ve read and if I can find a retirement complex that has it’s own murder club when I am a bit older, i’m in, put my name down at once. Tell my son please, in case I can’t decide myself, I only want a complex with a weekly murder club, not knitting or conversational French, murder.
These books show so much of people’s nature, a theme throughout for me is Chris and Donna’s tolerance of what could be seen as interfering old people, putting their noses in where the police should be only. I also love Bogden who really grows as a character in number 3 and how he is with Stephen is how you hope others would be when confronted with a gentleman in decline. He has such a good heart and something really good happens for him in this novel. No spoilers, but it will make you take a deep sigh and say “you deserve this mate.”
In this one there is television involved, so the author can talk about that I imagine without much research given his day job and I loved the line that the make up room is where you can catch up on all the gossip, as I imagine that is a fact.
I recently read a book that was compared to these books, big splash on the advert about if you enjoyed Richard’s books, you’ll enjoy these. No, they were terrible, also I love Rev Richard Cole’s and they have compared his first novel to these, again, I read it based on that, again was so disappointed. Nothing compares to these (are you all humming the tune now, sorry,) they are brilliant, buy them, read them and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.