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?