There’s a flurry of crime fiction being devoured here at the moment, and this is a new title that I wasn’t expecting to be able to add to my read list quite so soon. The latest instalment from Richard Osman and The Thursday Murder Club – The Last Devil to Die. This book was released less than two months ago and amazingly I managed to pick up a copy of the hardback in a charity shop only a month after the release date. I’m guessing it was someone very keen to read it who did so rather quickly rather than it being someone who didn’t enjoy the book!
If you’ve read any of the first three books in the Thursday Murder Club series then you will know just how adorable the main characters are. To many of us Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim feel like old friends and their relationships with each other, and those around them – like my favourite Bogdan – are utterly delightful. Osman’s character development is simply brilliant. If you’ve not yet discovered these feisty pensions and their friends then you really do have a delightful time ahead of you.
One of the things I like most about the Thursday Murder Club titles is the amount of humour they contain. Again I found myself laughing out loud at some points of the book and on several occasions reading passages out loud to my husband as I just had to share how funny they were.
If you’ve not tried Osman’s books then please don’t be put off by the humour in there. Alongside the laughs they contain a brilliant bit of crime fiction. Lots of twists and turns and plenty to keep your brain active trying to work out who is guilty and who isn’t when you’re not reading.
What sets The Last Devil to Die apart from the other titles in the series is, for me, the beautiful compassion around dementia and love that is a thread through the whole book. The subject is treated so delicately and respectfully, yet at the same time Osman manages to address some really difficult facts about living with and loving someone with dementia. His writing in those particular parts of the book is stunningly. It’s full of emotion, but at the same time really accessible writing too. I know some people talk about how he’s writing for the masses and has only seen success as an author because of his pre-existing fame, but when you read these sections I defy anyone who says he isn’t a skilled author. It’s beautiful.
As for the crime part of story itself – what a wonderful tale it is once more. Lots of action, some great new characters and an insight into the darker side of the antiques world. And a nice mention for the WI too. Although I’d love to see Richard Osman take Elizabeth and Joyce along to a real modern day WI – I think Joyce would be struggling to describe a night of burlesque dancing or making nipple tassels in her diary afterwards!
Richard Osman has said he’s going to have a bit of a break from writing about the Thursday Murder Club and move on to some new characters for a while before coning back to Coopers Chase. Whilst I can’t wait for him to return to see what they all get up to next, I’m also intrigued and excited to see what new characters he’ll come up with. He’s said it will feature a father-in-law / daughter-in-law detective duo so fingers crossed they don’t let us down.
If you’ve read the other Thursday Murder Club titles then please do pick up The Last Devil To Die next – you won’t regret it. And if you’re yet to visit Coopers Chase where Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim live then what are you waiting for? You don’t have to read the books in order, but it is the best way to do so. The first book is a tad slower than the other three, but that allows a bit more time fro the characters to develop and by book 2 they are racing along!
The Last Devil To Die is available online to buy here. It is currently only available in hardback or airport large size paperback. The normal sized paperback will be out on 9th May 2024. The other Thursday Murder Club titles in order are:
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