Title: The Thursday Murder Club

Author: Richard Osman

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.

But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?

The Review

What an absolute gem of a book!

I will admit that it was curiosity that led me to read The Thursday Murder Club. I love Richard Osman on his various television shows and I wondered if he would be as brilliant on page as he is on TV. 

The short answer is yes. More so.

The story centres on four residents of sheltered accommodation who attend a club every Thursday to discuss unsolved crime case files but when a real life crime happens on their doorstep they set about trying to solve it.

The Thursday Murder Club is joyous. I wanted to be old and part of their gang of crime fighters. This novel helps to remind us that we should never underestimate pensioners. They have lived longer and know more so let’s give them a fair chance. 

What is marvellous about this story is that Osman has you guessing to the very last page. I genuinely didn’t see it coming and made various guesses with very sound arguments for all of my suspects throughout. I didn’t even come close.

The Thursday Murder Club has a lot of heart, humour and page turning cliffhangers. I bloody loved it and I hope it gets commissioned to become a TV drama so those who are not readers get to enjoy the story as well.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman is available now.

For more information regarding Richard Osman (@richardosman) please visit his Twitter page.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: The World Cup of Everything

Author: Richard Osman

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Coronet

The Blurb

In The World Cup Of Everything Richard Osman* gives you and your friends the chance to vote on some of the most controversial, and funniest arguments of our time.

What is the greatest chocolate bar of all?

It’s the Twirl surely? Maybe Maltesers?

What are the greatest crisps of all time? 

Frazzles of course! Anything but Ready Salted Walkers

Best sitcom ever?

Hmmm, ‘Only Fools And Horses’ or ‘Blackadder’

Best animal?

Dog!, No wait, cat! No wait, dog!

Hold on, you disagree? You think that Pickled Onion Monster Munch are the best crisps? And ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys’ is the best sitcom?

Play along with The World Cup Of Everything and you and your family and friends can decide these things once and for all. You will be arguing about, then voting on, the best crisps, the best chocolate, the best sweets, the best sitcom, the best Christmas songs, the best Disney films, the best biscuits and so much more.

It is also packed with amazing stories and incredible facts on everything from Nandos to ‘Die Hard’ to Jammie Dodgers.

And who wins? You decide!

*Richard from Pointless, you know the one.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Years ago, to keep my students entertained on a lunch period we decided to create the ‘League of Biscuits’. We measured he varies qualities of each biscuit – texture, dunkability, taste and we decided that the best biscuit is the ginger nut – not the favourite biscuit but it is the best.

Richard Osman’s book The World Cup of Everything is built on this premise – in this book you get a game and a really good book to read. It is a book that will keep you entertained for hours on end.

The World Cup of Everything by Richard Osman is available now.

For more information regarding Richard Osman (@richardosman) please visit his Twitter page.

For more information regarding Coronet (@CoronetBooks) please visit www.hodder.co.uk.