Book Review: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

I have to confess that I bought this book because I liked the cover and the title. I had no idea that it was the second of a series and while it took me a little while to come to grips with the many characters, it was a very good read.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron all live at a retirement home. They form the Thursday Murder Club apparently established in book one.  Elizabeth, former Mi5 spy for many years is visited by her ex-husband, Douglas, also a spy. He tells her that he’s stolen a bag of diamonds worth twenty million pounds from a money launderer, Martin Lomax and needs to hide out at the retirement home. Naturally, Martin needs those diamonds back as they belong to a New York mafia gang and a search headed by Elizabeth to find those diamonds ensues. There’s a couple of sub-plots along the way but this one has you guessing until the end.

There are twists and turns in this novel, not to mention a few murders, a growing love story, a mugging and of course a couple of drug lords. We are also given a direct point of view from Joyce who has quite a few quirks yet shouldn’t be underestimated by the clever, Elizabeth.

The characters never really seem to be in danger despite the world they were interfering in. So don’t take it too seriously but enjoy the intricacies of the mystery and the colourful characters.

This is quite a fun and easy read and no wonder it’s a best seller

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