Thursday Murder Club
Richard Osman

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Narrated By: Lesley Manville, Richard Osman, Marian Keyes

Duration: 12 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect

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Read by Lesley Manville and featuring an exclusive Q&A between Richard Osman and Marian Keyes.


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 pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?

It is great to listen to a feelgood story that wittily reflects society as it is rather than beating the drum of a fashionable cause. Lesley Manville, shortly to be Princess Margaret in The Crown, has so far been sparing in recording audiobooks, but she skilfully immerses herself in Richard Osman's characters, making the most of his comic flair. - The Sunday Times

'A little beacon of pleasure...SUCH FUN!' KATE ATKINSON

'What a great read this book is. Brimming with fascinating characters, humour, intrigue and warmth. And of course a brilliant whodunnit' Lesley Manville

'Compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' Harlan Coben

'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy' Marian Keyes

© Richard Osman 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Crime & mystery: cosy mystery, Comic (humorous) crime & mystery, Fiction: general & literary, Humorous fiction, Narrative theme: Love & relationships, Narrative theme: Sense of place, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Crime & mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives

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'What a tonic! A scrumptious mixture of wry humour, poignancy, OAP rebellion and the unexpected. I've never read a murder mystery like this one before. Should be on prescription'

Jane Corry

'A gripping read and rather moving'

Sunday Times

'A superb debut. Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny and packed with characters you will want to see a LOT more of'

Mark Billingham

'What a joy! Full of brilliantly observed humour, spot-on dialogue and twists and turns aplenty. Joyce and the gang are now my favourite crime-solving team'

Nina Stibbe

'I knew The Thursday Murder Club would be funny, and suspected it would be whip-smart, but I didn't expect to fall so hard for the wonderful cast of characters. Bravo'

Sarah Hilary

'Robert Galbraith meets Tom Sharpe. Plot driven with great characters, I'm doing actual lols on every page. I don't ever want to finish this book!'

Philippa Perry

'This novel (an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery set in a retirement village) is a tonic - it's compelling and warm and clever but most of all it's HILARIOUS. Gentle and ingenious. LOVED IT'

Will Dean

'Clever, clever plot, great gags, Ealing comedy set-ups'

Fiona Barton

'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly'

Val McDermid

'So smart, so funny, so warm, and such a wonderful mystery. If we're lucky Richard Osman will keep these characters alive forever'

Caroline Kepnes

'Osman mixes mirth and murder in his exceptional debut. Osman's witty prose is a highlight. Fans of Lynne Truss's Constable Twitten mysteries will be tickled'

Publishers Weekly

'By turns hilarious and poignant, The Thursday Murder Club offers up a brilliant concept that's flawlessly executed and told in a unique, captivating voice. These are rare qualities in any novel, let alone a debut. I read the first page, then put all else on hold to devour this pitch-perfect book in one sitting. Bravo!'

Jeffrey Deaver

'Wickedly clever and charmingly ingenious. MURDER CLUB is exactly the right combination of brilliant plot twists and engaging characters. You race through the pages, only to be sorry for the book to end'

Lisa Gardner

'A little beacon of pleasure...SUCH FUN!'

Kate Atkinson

'A wonderfully engaging cast of characters and a brilliantly woven plot... I often found myself staying up way after lights out for just one more chapter'

James Oswald

'Will delight crime and general fiction fans alike with its mix of British humour and small village life'

Simon Johnson, director for books at Amazon EU

'A bundle of joy... Absolutely loved it'

Jane Fallon

'A total pleasure. Endearing characters, a page-turning mystery and sudden throat-lump moments of tenderness. It is also very, very funny'

Abigail Dean

'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy'

Marian Keyes

'Compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled'

Harlan Coben

'I could go on all day and half the night about this book. Buy it and save me the trouble. As one would expect from Richard Osman, a rich, textured, twisted, and fabulously funny tale of murder and mayhem'

Alan Bradley

'This is properly brilliant. A stunning crime debut. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling'

Steve Cavanagh

'Funny, clever and achingly British - what else would you expect from a book by Richard Osman?'

Adam Kay

'What a great read this book is. Brimming with fascinating characters, humour, intrigue and warmth. And of course a brilliant whodunnit'

Lesley Manville

'I completely loved this book! It's so warmly written and so funny, the characters and setting both wonderfully depicted'

Debbie Howells

'A properly funny and totally charming murder mystery steeped in Agatha Christie joy. Also the best crime solving foursome and full of a type of Britishness that makes you smile'

Araminta Hall

'Diabolically clever, very funny, highly entertaining - utterly delightful. I completely fell in love with it'

Shari Lapena

'So smart and funny. Deplorably good'

Ian Rankin

'Such a pleasurable read. I laughed my arse off, and think that any fan of Richard Osman's (which I am) would love his sly wit and wry observations'

Belinda Bauer

'A brilliant debut - The Thursday Murder Club is a rare combination of mystery, intrigue, wisdom and humour. I loved it!'

Alex Lake

'Utterly charming and very, very clever. Exactly what you'd expect from Richard Osman writing a crime novel'

Sarah Pinborough

'Written with a sharp satirical pen that gives it a cool, funny Pascal Garnier vibe'