The Man Who Died Twice: (The Thursday Murder Club 2)

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The Man Who Died Twice: (The Thursday Murder Club 2)

The Man Who Died Twice: (The Thursday Murder Club 2)

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Ibrahim suffers a brutal mugging, but these friendships grow because of it, especially with Ron and his young grandson who comes to visit. It’s the following Thursday in Cooper’s Chase and the Thursday Murder Cub has gathered over lunch to discuss a new cold case that they are considering and to catch up with one another on the things that have kept them busy since they closed their last case. While it is easy to get wrapped up in the ongoing sagas, the zany humor, and fast-paced plotting, there is also an underlying bittersweet poignancy to the story that deals with the realism of aging. Joyce, the diarist, is a former nurse, who seems a gentle, naïve soul, but there’s almost no blood and gore that she hasn’t seen before. If the man hasn’t been resuscitated , somebody who knows the operation might be the one who wrote that letter!

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And someone from Elizabeth's past needs her help, bringing Elizabeth's life as a former secret agent with MI5 into the limelight. Her first-person observations are a chatty way to bring us up to speed with the activities of the Thursday Murder Club of whom readers have became so fond. It’s always a little intimidating reading a sequel to a popular book, because there’s always the danger it will lose some of its shine or run dry on some of the ideas that made its predecessor so successful. When Elizabeth’s ex-husband, who is still an MI5 operative, approaches her about money-laundering and a diamond theft, the Club becomes embroiled in a complex and deadly, but highly entertaining, adventure.These are feel-good books despite the planned violence and crimes, and in turn that's what makes this book, and I presume series so good, I truly care about the cast and where their journeys will take them. For good measure, a couple of other hoodlums run past, laughing, pausing to kick him while he’s down. I felt I would have been just a little bit better served had I waited a little longer for things to settle in the stomach, if you will. Even though they are busy with their far from successful surveillance of local drug dealer Connie Johnson, Fairhaven’s finest cops DCI Chris Hudson and his partner PC Donna De Freitas are again on hand to assist our favourite senior citizens especially when Ibrahim becomes the victim of a vicious mugging. Thanks to my local library and the Libby app for both the Kindle copy and audiobook, which I enjoyed together.

Oh, and on an unrelated but practical note, I also learned that if you're ever attacked and you have a knife to defend yourself with, you should hold it with an overhand grip instead of an underhand one, as that allows for greater force. I loved Bogdan’s interactions with Stephen, Elizabeth’s husband who is mostly homebound and suffering from dementia. Richard Osman is a British television producer, presenter, comedian and the author of the phenomenally popular The Thursday Murder Club. The diamonds belong to the New York Mafia, they, and Lomax, whose reputation and life is at stake, are going to do whatever they need to do to ensure they get the diamonds back. My favorite crime fighter septuagenarian foursome is back for another complicated case are ready with more than few tricks up their sleeves.

While he is laid up, another member of Cooper’s Chase, Bogdan, steps up to help with driving, playing chess with Elizabeth’s home bound husband and using his considerable body build and talent for “taking care of problem people”. This series has much more depth than is perhaps suggested from the synopsis and has occasionally found itself labeled as a cozy- (I think I even categorized the first book as such) Though this book does meet the ‘cozy’ criteria of ‘no graphic violence’, the mystery and the dialogue are whip smart, with an equal balance of intelligence to match the humor and the occasionally seriousness. The pace is faster, it jumps and flies all over the place and the action doesn't slow down until the end. Honestly there isn’t a single unlikable character in the bunch (OK, one little punk, but he’s forgettable).

Elizabeth's former husband, Douglas Middlemiss, a secret service agent, had broken into the home of a criminal banker, Martin Lomax.I honestly thought I couldn't like them any more than I did, but then Osman decided to prove me wrong. It’s fair to say I don’t think I could ever tire of these characters who for all their lighthearted silly banter are superb friends to one another.

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