Richard Osman: The Man Who Died Twice

This review is written with thanks to the publisher for my copy of The Man Who Died Twice via Netgalley.


It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?


I am really excited to have the opportunity to review The Man Who Died Twice. I really enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club and it was a delight to be back with Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim and Ron, and the police officers, Chris and Donna. Despite being in their twilight years, the members of the Thursday Murder Club are sharp, determined and have a wonderful sense of mischief. These characters are brilliantly observed and I loved the sense of humour that runs alongside the more serious issues in the novel. 

As in The Thursday Murder Club, we also see snippets of Joyce’s diary. I really enjoyed these sections as I sometimes felt that Joyce was underestimated by the group and it’s interesting (and often a little amusing) to see what’s really going through her mind. 

As The Man Who Died Twice is a very character driven novel, it is slightly slower paced than some of the books I would normally read to reflect the characters’ ages and personalities. There is still plenty of mystery though and I enjoyed working alongside the Thursday Murder Club to put the pieces of the puzzle together. 

The third Thursday Murder Club book is already available for preorder and I cannot wait to see what adventures they find themselves involved in next! 

The Man Who Died Twice is available from Amazon.

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