Having just finished Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming, the St Helen’s Church Book Club now turn its sights to a murder mystery by Richard Osman’s whose debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, appears to be lighting up the book charts.
I was at lunch, this is two or three months ago, and it must have been a Monday, because it was shepherd’s pie. Elizabeth said she could see that I was eating, but wanted to ask me a question about knife wounds, if it wasn’t inconvenient?
I said, ‘Not at all, of course, please,’ or words to that effect. I won’t always remember everything exactly, I might as well tell you that now. So she opened a manila folder, and I saw some typed sheets and the edges of what looked like old photographs. Then she was straight into it.
Elizabeth asked me to imagine that a girl had been stabbed with a knife. I asked what sort of knife she had been stabbed with, and Elizabeth said probably just a normal kitchen knife. John Lewis. She didn’t say that, but that was what I pictured.
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.
But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be octogenarians, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?
What people are saying
‘Such a beacon of pleasure’ KATE ATKINSON
‘So smart and funny. Deplorably good’ IAN RANKIN
‘A gripping read’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny’ MARK BILLINGHAM
‘As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can’t help cheering them on – and hoping to meet them again soon’ THE TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH
‘Mystery fans are going to be enthralled’ HARLAN COBEN
‘One of the most enjoyable books of the year’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny’ MARIAN KEYES
‘As gripping as it is funny’ EVENING STANDARD
Our next book club
Please remember that anyone can join our Book Club. The next one will be held on Tuesday 5th January at 7.00. At this event we will discuss The Thursday Murder Club and select our next book.
Buying the book
- You can buy this book from Waterstones, WHSmith or other bookshops in Cardiff
- It can be purchased quite cheaply on Kindle (around 99p I believe)
- You may be able to order it from the library
- If you type the title in to Google and click the Shopping tab, you can find quite a few sellers (New and used)
- If Amazon is out of stock, check Amazon “New” or “Used” options from other sellers through Amazon. Kindle is another option. Waterstones and Blackwells sell it as do many suppliers on eBay. Or why not check out the local library?
Can anyone join the Book Club?
Of course! To join the St Helen’s Book Club, please click this link. You can then enter your details and you will be sent joining instructions. Alternatively, you can always email Canon John on firstname.lastname@example.org.