Blog Tour and Book Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

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?

This has to be one of the book I was most excited about for 2021 so I was absolutely thrilled to have the chance to read an early copy and be part of the blog tour for it. I was like so many people a huge fan of The Thursday Murder Club and I couldn’t wait to catch up with them all again. A sequel to a book you love is always a bit of an anxious thing – what if it doesn’t live up the first one? Well I’m very happy to report that Thursday Murder Club fans have nothing to worry about here – The Man Who Died Twice is every bit as excellent as the first – I devoured it in a couple of days.

Osman’s warmth and wit shine though in this book again as we return to the Thursday Murder Club and their next adventure. This time its Elizabeth and her background that we get to know more about as the focus of the story is around an old colleague from her past, which is the central point for another mystery for the club to untangle as they get drawn in to event involving the mob and some very expensive missing diamonds.

Once again the Club have help on hand in the forms of friendly local police officers Donna and Chris who are just as wonderful as they were the first time round – I love they tread a very careful line between letting the club get involved and still being actual police officers – so many private investigator novels let them completely take over from the police that I find this a refreshing change.

On the more illegal side of things the equally lovely Bogdan is still around as well – his friendship with Elizabeth’s dementia stricken husband is absolutely delightful and such a warm thread running through the book.

It was so lovely to spend time with the Club again, that odd group of people, bought together by the place they live who have found in each other the most wonderful of friends. This book was an emotional roller coaster, I laughed, I cried and I gasped in surprise. Superb writing and I can’t wait to catch up with The Thursday Murder Club again.

With thanks to Viking Books for invitng me on the blog tour and sending me a copy of the book in exchange for honest review.

The Man Who Died Twice is available now.