Man Who Died Twice
by Osman, Richard

"Richard Osman is back with everyone's favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of The Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first-an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read"-

<b>Richard Osman</b> is an author, producer, and television presenter. His first novel, <i>The Thursday Murder Club, </i>was a #1 million-copy international bestseller. Critics have already described <i>The Man Who Died Twice</i> as &ldquo;his second novel.&rdquo; He lives in London.

The follow-up to Osman's best-selling The Thursday Murder Club (2020) reintroduces Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim, all residents of an English retirement community who have eschewed bridge and crafts for crime-solving. Elizabeth, a former MI5 agent, is surprised when an old partner (and former husband) gets in touch, but she's soon got the gang involved in a case that involves millions in diamonds and a mobster who takes no prisoners. There are murders, too, a goodly number of them, and a clever revenge subplot against a young lout who has dared to harm one of the club. Osman, a familiar TV face in the UK, captures the spirit of older folks who don't want to be pigeonholed by their age and who capture the charming insouciance of those who've seen a lot, including death. The use of the present tense moves the dialogue at a sprightly clip, while the plot itself often gallops. But it is the four very different, sometimes annoying, but utterly endearing members of the club who will leave readers eager for Osman to call the next meeting to order. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Osman follows The Thursday Murder Club (2020), his supremely entertaining debut, with an even better second installment. Coopers Chase, an upscale retirement village in the British countryside, is home to the Thursday Murder Club, which consists of shrewd, deadly former spy Elizabeth Best, retired nurse Joyce Meadowcroft, psychiatrist Ibrahim Arif, political activist Ron Ritchie, and three honorary members, fixer Bogdan Jankowski, DCI Chris Hudson, and Police Constable Donna De Freitas. A letter from a dead man plunges Elizabeth and her friends into a dangerous case involving local crooks, the Mafia, and MI6. The letter is signed by Marcus Carmichael, whose corpse Elizabeth had seen pulled from the Thames years earlier, but it turns out to have been written by Elizabeth's ex-husband, Douglas Middlemiss, who knew that name would get her attention. Douglas isn't dead, but he's still in a spot of trouble involving stolen diamonds and an angry go-between who holds valuable items for a variety of crooks. When a group of teenagers steal Ibrahim's phone and then kick him in the head after he falls down, the group plots revenge, little knowing that the two problems may soon become one. When Douglas and his handler, Poppy, are shot dead, the group must race MI6 and several vicious crooks to neutralize a number of killers and find the diamonds. Elizabeth, who knows so much about Douglas, is assigned to decode the clues he left behind, but each of her seemingly innocuous friends has skills that enhance the group's ability to survive and place blame where it belongs while covering up a myriad of minor offenses. A clever, funny mystery peopled with captivating characters that enhance the story at every quirky turn. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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