Plano Reads: The Man Who Died Twice
For January’s meeting of the Mystery Book Club, we are reading The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. It’s the sequel to the book we read in November, The Thursday Murder Club. Join us to discuss this book on Thursday, January 19 at 7pm both at Davis Library and virtually through Zoom. To join us virtually, register here.
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
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Description from Libby:
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder 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—an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)—arrives, desperate for her 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. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.
Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of the Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first—an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read.
From Kirkus (July 2021):
Osman follows The Thursday Murder Club (2020), his supremely entertaining debut, with an even better second installment. Coopers Chase, an upscale retirement village in the British countryside, is home to the Thursday Murder Club, which consists of shrewd, deadly former spy Elizabeth Best, retired nurse Joyce Meadowcroft, psychiatrist Ibrahim Arif, political activist Ron Ritchie, and three honorary members, fixer Bogdan Jankowski, DCI Chris Hudson, and Police Constable Donna De Freitas. A letter from a dead man plunges Elizabeth and her friends into a dangerous case involving local crooks, the Mafia, and MI6. The letter is signed by Marcus Carmichael, whose corpse Elizabeth had seen pulled from the Thames years earlier, but it turns out to have been written by Elizabeth’s ex-husband, Douglas Middlemiss, who knew that name would get her attention. Douglas isn’t dead, but he’s still in a spot of trouble involving stolen diamonds and an angry go-between who holds valuable items for a variety of crooks. When a group of teenagers steal Ibrahim’s phone and then kick him in the head after he falls down, the group plots revenge, little knowing that the two problems may soon become one. When Douglas and his handler, Poppy, are shot dead, the group must race MI6 and several vicious crooks to neutralize a number of killers and find the diamonds. Elizabeth, who knows so much about Douglas, is assigned to decode the clues he left behind, but each of her seemingly innocuous friends has skills that enhance the group’s ability to survive and place blame where it belongs while covering up a myriad of minor offenses. A clever, funny mystery peopled with captivating characters that enhance the story at every quirky turn.
Richard Osman is an author, producer, and television presenter. He started in television producing and hosting several British game shows including the ongoing series Pointless, a long-running teatime quiz show, and Richard Osman’s House of Games.
The Thursday Murder Club was his debut novel and was a multi-million-copy record-breaking bestseller around the world. He has since published two more novels in this series: The Man Who Died Twice (2021) and The Bullet that Missed (2022).
He lives in London with his partner and Liesl the cat.
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