Book Review: The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.

To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed…

While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again? 

It was with great pleasure that I picked this book up to spend more time in the company of The Thursday Murder Club. The gang are all back with the delightful addition of Alan, Joyce’s dog and a brand new mystery to solve.

I’m not sure the mystery was quite as engaging this time but I still sped through this delightfully warm book. Having said that I also didn’t work it all out so it may have been partly thee change of pace between the books I was reading!

 There were new people to meet, a bit more of Elizabeth’s past uncovered and new relationships to explore. I enjoyed the new characters and the dynamic’s they allowed us to explore, the growth in the relation between Elizabeth and Joyce was a delight to read. While this book was a little lighter on Ibrahim one of favourite parts was the clear mutual respect and affection between himself and Ron’s young nephew.

The way Stephen’s dementia is handled is heartbreakingly sensitive and the reaction of those around him make it feel very real – Osman mastering the art of the tragic alongside the comic.

Spending time at Coopers Chase again was very pleasant and I look forward to returning there in future.

The Bullet That Missed is available now.