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

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It’s all this plus the friendships, the loyalty and support that exist between the gang of four and their growing band of associates that makes this such a delight to read. They’re coming from different backgrounds, sharing different pasts, regrets but their loyal friendship and their curiosity to solve the crimes give them enough hope to wake up and welcome another day of their lives!

And when one of their own is attacked, all members of the group are in great form to step in where others do not! Following the publication of The Thursday Murder Club, Osman said that he had decided to continue writing due to its success outside the United Kingdom, [1] saying, "I was very worried about that thing, 'Oh it's a celebrity writing a novel', which, of course, is one of the worst phrases in the English language. With the investigation going into multiple directions and chaos going around every corner, it’s a mystery how the cases are even solved. This book is fun, it’s charming, it’s so well-written, and it’s safe to say that I’ll follow this series wherever the brilliant mind of Richard Osman wants to take me.Each of these four are so different but they bring so many things to the table and honestly, they’re all so endearing. I enjoyed getting to know more about Elizabeth’s past and her ‘connections’ which was not so subtly hinted at in the first book.

So many thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Viking/ Pamela Dorman Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts. That’s just as well, because our main character, Elizabeth Best, is a retired (I use the term loosely) spy who seems to be as active as ever. Ibrahim, though homebound, has a meaningful role to play in aiding his friends while dealing with his own trauma from his attack.The narrative is split between all the characters mentioned above, but Joyce and Elizabeth play the largest roles, followed by Ibrahim, who is the victim of an awful crime. Elizabeth decides that this is the perfect project for The Thursday Murder Club, and quickly enlists the help of Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron. I just love the energy , compassion, wisdom and intelligence of this group of elderly (in age but not in spirit) sleuths who don’t let age dictate the way they spend their days .

The whole escapade is written in such a lively entertaining and engaging way that it’s hard to put down once you start. Richard Osman is a British television producer, presenter, comedian and the author of the phenomenally popular The Thursday Murder Club. As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats.The first book lays so much foundation, and I think it would be difficult to feel invested in the characters and this story without that background. In The Man Who Died Twice you really get to know the characters that you enjoyed in the The Thursday Murder Club. I like how underneath all the comic capering Richard Osman isn’t afraid to touch on the type of problems associated with old age such as dementia (Stephen) and how easy it can be to lose one’s confidence following an unexpected turn of events (Ibrahim).

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