The Bullet That Missed: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman.
It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.
Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A decade-old cold case—their favorite kind—leads them to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers.
Then a new foe pays Elizabeth a visit. Her mission? Kill or be killed. Suddenly the cold case has become red hot.
While Elizabeth wrestles with her conscience (and a gun), Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim chase down the clues with help from old friends and new. But can the gang solve the mystery and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?
From an upmarket spa to a prison cell complete with espresso machine to a luxury penthouse high in the sky, this third adventure of the Thursday Murder Club is full of the cleverness, intrigue, and irresistible charm that listeners have come to expect from Richard Osman’s bestselling series.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 16 minutes|
|Narrator||Richard Osman, Fiona Shaw, Steph McGovern|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 20 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #221 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This style of book is just a pure joy, a treat, like a Saturday matinee, it's something comfy like a lazy brunch on a foggy day. It's a little slice of contentment.
I stopped buying physical print material years ago, for health reasons, and going digital was a great solution but when I couldn't do that anymore I was so very thankful for Audible. I bought the Audible version of this book and had to return it. I had to go digital and felt a bit of feedback about that was needed. I'd recommend a digital or even a physical copy over the Audible format, sadly, for this. And that guts me because I love to sit and put my ear buds in and just putter with my book going but the reader is different on this third installment. What an unfortunate experience it is. Fiona Shaw is one of my all-time favourite actresses, she is stellar in everything I have ever seen her in. Simply superb, unquestionably. Being an Audible voice reader though, has a different skillset. Her hushed tones don't work here. There are no discernable variances in female voices. I couldn't get through the first couple chapters and had to do a return. Still, I do love the series! So the old Kindle got dug out of the drawer and powered up after a good rest and I had to sit, and be still, to read but this was worth it. I do love this series!
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The characters all mesh together and create a page turning story. Humorous, interesting and some of it is very sad, you start to see deterioration of health for one and the realisation from some that they will not live forever. Joyce has some very good lines about living for today, as you might not be here tomorrow, so do the things you want to now before it is too late.
Alan is a dark horse, well actually he’s a dog, but he is a highly intelligent dog and he reminds me of the dog from another book I’ve read this year, lessons in chemistry (try it couldn’t put it down.) dogs with their own minds and thoughts, which is now I like to think they are in real life as well.
There is a good plot throughout the book and it sweeps you in, which is why I read it cover to cover in 3 sittings. Although you could read this as a stand alone, I would highly recommend that you don’t as otherwise you will miss out on the back history of the characters, which Richard has built in the previous 2 books.
I love a good murder, not undertaking one personally, that would be against the law folks, but true crime, fiction, you name it, I love it and these books are some of the best I’ve read and if I can find a retirement complex that has it’s own murder club when I am a bit older, i’m in, put my name down at once. Tell my son please, in case I can’t decide myself, I only want a complex with a weekly murder club, not knitting or conversational French, murder.
These books show so much of people’s nature, a theme throughout for me is Chris and Donna’s tolerance of what could be seen as interfering old people, putting their noses in where the police should be only. I also love Bogden who really grows as a character in number 3 and how he is with Stephen is how you hope others would be when confronted with a gentleman in decline. He has such a good heart and something really good happens for him in this novel. No spoilers, but it will make you take a deep sigh and say “you deserve this mate.”
In this one there is television involved, so the author can talk about that I imagine without much research given his day job and I loved the line that the make up room is where you can catch up on all the gossip, as I imagine that is a fact.
I recently read a book that was compared to these books, big splash on the advert about if you enjoyed Richard’s books, you’ll enjoy these. No, they were terrible, also I love Rev Richard Cole’s and they have compared his first novel to these, again, I read it based on that, again was so disappointed. Nothing compares to these (are you all humming the tune now, sorry,) they are brilliant, buy them, read them and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
I asked myself what Joyce would do. I carried on regardless.
The Thursday Murder Club is now veering into a cold case land via the previous slaying of a popular female TV presenter. It’s comfortable territory for the author, and it feels as such for the reader. Introducing Mike the TV anchor and Pauline the helpful make-up artist as the main side ‘cast’, our Fab Four once more persuade those closest to the victim to assist them in their investigations.
Of course, now that we know more about Elizabeth’s ‘secret service’ past things invariably means murkier waters. I don’t want to have to include spoilers - perhaps, suffice to say that she is who Villanelle of ‘Killing Eve’ might hope to be one day, when she knocks on in age.
This book is different in that our four detectives aren’t quite as closely intertwined as they were way back in book one, and I missed that a little bit, but there has to be some progression.
Donna and Chris are on hand once more to provide some sort of police back-up, headed up by a very confident boss who also runs a side hustle as a murder fiction writer.
What keeps us involved, rooting and cheering are the relationships, loyalty, belief and trust in each other that our four faves have. It is unwavering and without condition.
It is what my mum Doreen would have called ‘a lovely turn of phrase’ which Richard Osman injects both warmth and charm into. When he describes Joyce as wishing the TV presenter Mike would undress her cardigan with his eyes, it is simply beautiful to read.
Joyce feels very much like the star of this book - her optimism, sense of romance and flirtation remind us all that a lust for life doesn’t end when the pension payments have long since kicked in.
Osman paints his minor characters with just as much detail - like Elizabeth, we long for the moments of clarity as her husband’s memory continues to dwindle.
When those moments are delivered, they are just as winning as the solving of crimes.
This book provided familiar comfort during a week that felt that winter, and this one may be filled with discontent, was finally on its way. For a reader like myself, and I’m certainly not unique when you see the bestseller list, this is another outing for a Club we are not just invested in, but now feel very much a part of.
If other reviewers long for a bigger, more intellectual picture, then I’m sure they know where to find it.
I wanted a book to read while my husband was downstairs watching a documentary-series about a notorious serial killer, and I found it in this delightful, charming and infectiously funny thriller, where the author delivers pure joy in the details.
And now I have finished it and have to wait for the next one, I’m definitely thinking there is a market for a ‘What Would Joyce Do?’ mouse pad.
Book 3 is a whodunit with some twists, from a beloved bunch who revel in their quiet notoriety.
Oh, and if I happened to join the gang for real then Ron would definitely be my type of fella.
Just don’t tell my husband….
Well its meh. This book for me was so boring and vanilla I felt cheated when I finished reading. It finished on a damp squib of an ending. What happened to connie? What about Viktor? Why do all the “villains” suddenly became the murder clubs best friends?
The problem for me is it’s the same situations in all the books - they go on a trip, Joyce wants to find a shop, Donna is happy, Chris is happy, Ibrahim looks handsome, Elizabeth doesn’t want Stephen to get worse, the murder club is on a Thursday, Elizabeth is a secret agent with powerful friends, Bogden digs a hole, Bogden fills a hole, it’s virtually the same thing in every book.
The story was dull and predictable, most of the people introduced in the book are one dimensional and the mastermind of the operation was a complete idiot even though he should have known exactly what to do and how to get away with it.
Someone said to me that if this book was by an unknown author it would be a kindle 99p cozy crime book - and that’s exactly what this is - a 99p book with 9 pounds added because a celeb wrote it.
Given the phenomenal success success of the first two books in the "Thursday Murder Club" series, it is unlikely that many regular readers of fiction will not be aware of them. More pleasing is the fact that many lapsed (or perhaps even "never were") readers have been tempted back by Richard Osman's cosy crime novels. Of course, there will be the haters out there who are determined to dislike or dismiss his work purely because they have already taken against him for other reasons - but this prejudiced and disdainful attitude is increasingly lacking in justification. Whilst I agree that the favourable reaction that greeted his first book was a little over-the-top for a debut that was good but not great, each of the two sequels have been an improvement on the one before and Richard Osman is now proving to be an accomplished writer of this genre. "The Bullet That Missed" is his best offering so far.
I won't go into detail about the plot and risk spoilers. Suffice to say that the septuagenarian residents of Coopers Chase, who make up the eponymous "Thursday Murder Club", are back again, but with a new mystery to get their dentures into. Although the plot is not directly related to the previous books, there are occasional references to events that took place in those earlier stories. "The Bullet That Missed" could be read as a standalone and be enjoyable enough, but I would suggest that potential readers would derive even more from the experience if they were already familiar with the main cast of characters.
Over the course of the three books it is apparent that Richard Osman is learning from experience and developing as a writer. His style in "The Bullet That Missed" is noticeably more assured, more relaxed and more fluent than it was at the outset. The plotting is more robust and has a perfectly sound mystery adventure at its heart and there is greater attention to detail. As you would expect, there is still plenty of clever observational humour along the way and Richard Osman draws on his background in television and game show development to good effect. But, beyond that, there are moments that are touchingly poignant and moving, which when combined with all the other elements, helps to move this onto a higher level than the vast majority of cosy crime mysteries out there.