cover image The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery

The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery

Richard Osman. Viking/Dorman, $26 (368p) ISBN 978-1-984-88099-4

In Thriller Award–finalist Osman’s riveting sequel to 2020’s The Thursday Murder Club, Elizabeth Best, one of four members of a crime-solving club at Coopers Chase, a retirement residence in Kent, England, receives an SOS written by a feckless secret agent from her past who’s supposed to be dead. The man is at the center of a long-ago clandestine operation and the theft of a large cache of diamonds that interest MI5, the Mafia, and other parties. Soon murders occur, and Elizabeth and club pals Joyce Meadowcroft, Ron Ritchie, and Ibrahim Arif and their associates must finger the perpetrator, decipher cryptic messages, and embark on a convoluted hunt for the diamonds amid considerable danger. Complicating the case are the attack on a club member and the activities of a notorious drug trafficker wanted by the police. The twisty plot, knotty issues of relationships with life partners, and steadfast loyalty among the sleuths provide depth and poignancy. Those who prefer their mysteries with touches of spycraft, humor, and eccentricity will be well pleased. [em]Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Sept.) [/em]