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?
I have been waiting a long time to read this book. I pre ordered it before the cover was even confirmed after really enjoying the first one! I can confirm that I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed this book too!
The writing was light, clear and humorous and despite all the different things going on, I was able to keep up and nothing felt too overdone. There was a good flow to the book and I just wanted to keep on reading it!
The chapters weren’t too long so there was a good pace to the story. Everything was explained in a simple way and you didn’t feel rushed.
I also enjoyed the way that the book was narrated. You saw things through Joyce’s eyes which allowed for the humour to come through, and when she wasn’t there you were still able to get a good insight into the characters. It was very well balanced. I think that it might have been a bit much if it was purely from Joyce’s perspective (even though I love Joyce!). It was very cleverly done and I was gripped (and entertained!) from beginning to end. I have to admit that, as with the first one, I had no idea who did it and I was completely taken in by all the twists and turns! You were constantly lead on different paths and it wasn’t until the end when it was all explained that I could look back and actually think yes that was there!
In terms of the characters, for me they were brilliant (as they were in the first book). I loved them all and was glad that they were back for this book. Joyce was my favourite with her humour and that really made the book for me. It is a unique humour that she has and together with the other characters it brought the story to life. She added that extra sparkle that every murder mystery should have!
Lastly the settings. I love the Retirement Village and the fact that they go on little outings to train stations, a pier, safe houses etc in search of some diamonds added excitement and depth to the story. It was nice to see more of Elizabeth coming out and to have her dragging Joyce to all these different places.
Overall I loved this book as much as the first. The writing was brilliant and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light hearted, humorous mystery.
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