The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is the sequel to the wonderful The Thursday Murder Club, which was one of my favourite reads of 2020. I was lucky enough to get a hardback copy for my birthday within days of it being published.

The action in The Man Who Died Twice starts just a few days after the events of The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth receives a letter from an old contact, which she can’t ignore. He is mixed up with £20 million of stolen diamonds and a violent gang member and needs Elizabeth’s help. But Elizabeth can’t do it alone – she needs Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron too.

In The Thursday Murder Club, we have hints of what Elizabeth did in the past, but now it becomes clear what her old job was. Elizabeth was one of the best back in the day. Has she still got the skills needed to outwit criminals and the secret service alike?

As Elizabeth and the Thursday Murder Club follow the trail of the stolen diamonds, the bodies start stacking up. And Joyce and Ron in particular love nothing more than seeing a bloody corpse. Joyce has learned fast from Elizabeth and starts to come up with her own ideas and conduct investigations on her own.

Builder Bogdan is back, along with police officers Chris and Donna. Donna has mixed feelings about her mum’s new relationship. There’s also a glamorous new drug dealer in town and a clumsy new waitress in the Cooper’s Chase restaurant. Ibrahim has found his confidence and decides to get out more, but his confidence takes a major setback. And Joyce can’t decide whether to get a dog or join Instagram.

The Man Who Died Twice is another brilliant and very funny read from Richard Osman. The story is much bigger than The Thursday Murder Club – extending a long way outside the confines of Cooper’s Chase, but it is as wonderful as ever. The only thing it lacks is the sheer joy of meeting Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim for the first time, as we did in The Thursday Murder Club.

If you loved The Thursday Murder Club, The Man Who Died Twice is a must-read. And if you haven’t read The Thursday Murder Club, why ever not?

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I’ve been looking forward to your review of this! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to hear! I’m sure you will enjoy this. x

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  2. I held off reading your review until I’d finished myself. I loved this book more than the first, but I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t well when I started it and it didn’t keep me focused. I loved it as it got going though. This book was action from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. The books are long but Richard Osman knows how to pack in some amazing inly intricate storyline. BTW… Lance…I’m thinking based on Alexander Armstrong

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    • That’s an interesting idea about Alexander Armstrong, I hadn’t thought of that! I actually saw Richard Osman talking about the books at Cheltenham Literature Festival the other day and of course he said that the characters weren’t based on anyone. Although he admitted that he himself is more like Joyce than any of the other characters!
      So glad to hear you loved the book! What a shame you weren’t well when you read the first book.

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