The second installment of the Thursday Murder Club series: Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper's Chase, their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck. An unexpected visitor arrives, desperate for their help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he's seriously on the lam. Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last.
The club makes a triumphant return in Mr. Osman’s The Man Who Died Twice ... The Man Who Died Twice, like its series predecessor, is an unalloyed delight, full of sharp writing, sudden surprises, heart, comedy, sorrow and great banter.
The formula is fiendishly clever ... Those of us who write comic crime are often asked to explain the appeal. We can’t. It all boils down to your attitude to entertainment. If you are happy to let other pens dwell on guilt and misery, you can relax and enjoy this novel, which is superbly entertaining. And of course it’s never just about the laughs. The comedy in The Man Who Died Twice allows for all its characters to be alert to sobering realities.
Enthralling ... In places, Elizabeth and Joyce resemble a crime-busting double act, and Ibrahim and Ron feel underused. On the plus side, Osman blends humor and pathos while weaving his tangled web of intrigue and deception ... This is the perfect book with which to unwind.