Well, I did it. For the first year I’ve completed the Goodreads Challenge! I set out to read 20 books and The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman was the final book I needed to complete it. What a book to hit the target with, too! The Man Who Died Twice is the sequel to The Thursday Murder Club, which you can read my thoughts on here.
Following the events of The Thursday Murder Club, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are missing the excitement of having a murder so close to home to investigate. That is until someone from Elizabeth’s past shows up, her ex-husband. Her ex-husband, who just so happens to have in his posession 20 million pounds worth of diamonds, and needs Elizabeth’s help with protection. The mafia is involved, MI5 is involved, and our 4 favourite pensioners are in for a wild ride.
I really enjoyed the first book, but I adored this sequel. We were given the chance to delve deeper into the lives and minds of the four main characters which was a delight. Joyce’s Instagram account, @greatjoy69 actually exists, which I love. You can imagine the DMs that Joyce received with a handle like that, and the way it was addressed in the book was so funny. I was so happy that Chris and Donna still played a big part in the story even though the main case wasn’t theirs.
The mystery itself isn’t on a level with the likes of Sherlock, but it was enough that there were plenty of twists that I saw coming. I enjoyed this case much more than the original too, which helps. But it isn’t the cases that makes both books so great , it’s the characters. They’re just so well written, whether they’re the heroes we’re rooting for, or the villains we hate, every single person in this story is interesting, and that’s the most important part of any book, I think.
I’m desperate now for a movie adaptation, or a TV series. Murder mysteries are everywhere but there’s a charm to The Thursday Murder Club that would make it stand out from the rest for sure. Until then, I’ll be patiently waiting for book number 3.