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The Man Who Died Twice: (The Thursday Murder Club 2)

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After parting ways , Joyce shares with us in her journal that although learning to navigate Instagram has been fun, she really wishes something exciting would happen again.

Joyce is there of course, making her diary comments, keeping an eye on Elizabeth's wellbeing, and selling badly knitted friendship bracelets for charity.

The case puts them in grave danger and also causes the foursome to confront personal fears and, ultimately, embrace life. On top of the espionage and diamond smuggling, one of their own will suffer badly at the hands of local lowlifes and bringing their attacker to justice will become just as important as solving their newest murder case.

MY THOUGHTS: I just loved The Thursday Murder Club, but approached The Man Who Died Twice (don't you just love that title! As the creative director of Endemol UK, Richard has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including Deal Or No Deal and 8 Out of 10 Cats. The plot and pace of this marvellously mad caper is much faster than the first one, there’s more danger and a higher body count. I felt I would have been just a little bit better served had I waited a little longer for things to settle in the stomach, if you will. The impetus to this adventure is Elizabeth receiving a letter from an old colleague/flame, who finds himself in a bit of a bind and is hoping for her assistance.

This time round the group is dragged into an investigation when Elizabeth receives a letter from her ex husband, who has apparently stolen twenty million dollars worth of diamonds and thus aggravated several prominent crime bosses and maybe MI5 as well. The Man Who Died Twice is a crime novel written by the British comedian and presenter Richard Osman. It’s always a little intimidating reading a sequel to a popular book, because there’s always the danger it will lose some of its shine or run dry on some of the ideas that made its predecessor so successful. On reflection, he can’t even remember whose grenades they were, or why he had agreed to bury them, but that comes with age. I loved Bogdan’s interactions with Stephen, Elizabeth’s husband who is mostly homebound and suffering from dementia.

And of course, they involve their favorite local gendarmes, Donna and Chris, as well as the former thug but all-around-nice-guy, Bogdan. The strength of a “Cozy” is its characters and it’s what I enjoy MOST in this series although the mystery is THIS book was much stronger and more entertaining than the one in the first, for me! Without being in the least bit patronising and keeping the tone lighthearted he manages to address these issues with both wit, compassion and respect so despite the obstacles they face their value as characters is not diminished and they are not overlooked.It has filled my heart reading both of these books and I'm so looking forward to picking up the third! Little does she know that “The Thursday Murder Club” will soon be embroiled in a dangerous new case involving 20 million dollars in stolen diamonds, MI5 spies and even the New York City Mafia! It was fun to reunite with the members of “The Thursday Murder Club” from book one of the series, (as well as many of the other supporting characters) and I strongly recommend that you get acquainted with them by reading or listening to the first in the series-to better appreciate the growth of the relationships in this installment. As for characters it’s pointless trying to pick a favourite when the author spoils you for choice but I’m going to anyway!

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