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The Man Who Died Twice (The Thursday Murder Club Book 2) by [Richard Osman]
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Praise for The Man Who Died Twice:

"These septuagenarian sleuths of the Thursday Murder Club don't miss a beat..."
--People

"[Feels] like a reunion with old friends. Clever, witty, and touching, this thriller has it all."
--Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before She Disappeared

"A thing of joy. Osman has a natural sense of humor that he's able to translate into both character and dialogue."
--
Kate Atkinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Sky

"Osman delivers another must read full of humor and heart. I loved it."
--Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Win

"This book is SO MUCH FUN! Fiendishly clever and brimming with wit on every page, The Man Who Died Twice is the tonic we all need. Osman just gets better."
--Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

"He's back and he's better than ever! By turns moving, hilarious, and brilliantly suspenseful, the novel keeps us flipping pages from start to finish."
--Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author of The Final Twist

"Osman's novels are so much more than just brilliantly engineered mysteries... they're also funny, warm, and big-hearted. He can't possibly write them fast enough to suit me. These books are absolute gold."
--Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

"Richard Osman's action-packed second outing with the Thursday Murder Club overflows with wit, friendship, and derring-do, as the eccentric quartet of British crime solvers joins forces from a countryside retirement village. They tussle with the mafia, investigate murders, and, of course, enjoy teatime."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"The club makes a triumphant return... The Man Who Died Twice, like its series predecessor, is an unalloyed delight, full of sharp writing, sudden surprises, heart, comedy, sorrow and great banter."
--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"Fun and ingenious ... Osman blends humor and pathos while weaving his tangled web of intrigue and deception. This is the perfect book with which to unwind."
--Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Osman follows The Thursday Murder Club, his supremely entertaining debut, with an even better second installment. . . A clever, funny mystery peopled with captivating characters that enhance the story at every quirky turn."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"It's impossible to single out any one feature that makes The Man Who Died Twice such an absolute treat... Richard Osman creates real magic with his characters. They are frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious but also entirely real and three-dimensional...If possible, this sequel is even better than the Osman's charmer of a debut, The Thursday Murder Club. This series is both a load of fun and an ode to how the power of friendship is important throughout one's life but especially during the final stretch. Don't miss it."
--Bookpage (starred review)

"[The Man Who Died Twice] captures the spirit of older folks who don't want to be pigeonholed by their age and who capture the charming insouciance of those who've seen a lot. . . the dialogue at a sprightly clip, while the plot itself often gallops. But it is the four very different. . . but utterly endearing members of the club who will leave readers eager for Osman to call the next meeting to order."
--Booklist

"Riveting. . . 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."
--Publishers Weekly

"This slick sequel will leave you buzzing with 'the gentle hum of contentment.'"
--The Times

"If you liked The Thursday Murder Club, you're in for a treat, as this sequel is even better."
--Good Housekeeping (UK)

"It's balm for the soul."
--Daily Express

"It's an unalloyed pleasure to spend time with Osman's sparkling, well-observed characters who are also wittily perceptive about our foibles and the quirks of modern life."
--Sunday Express

"Osman's characters are beautifully drawn, and the result is a novel that's pure pleasure to read."
--The Observer

Praise for The Thursday Murder Club:

"Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining."
--Wall Street Journal

"An amusing debut that finds gold in getting older."
--People

"Don't trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman's own laugh-out-loud whodunit."
--Parade

"Funny, clever, and compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled."
--Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boy from the Woods

"A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom. . . SUCH FUN!"
--Kate Atkinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Sky

"Charming, funny, and ultimately, surprisingly, very moving."
--Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Find You First

"I don't know how to do this brilliant book justice. Diabolically clever, very funny, highly entertaining--utterly delightful. I completely fell in love with it. I need more of The Thursday Murder Club!"
--Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

"Loved every word. Loved the fleet, nimble plotting, as ingenious as top-shelf Agatha Christie; loved the boisterous cast of characters--think Fredrik Backman; loved the crisp, witty, Carl Hiaasen-caliber dialogue... yet above all, I love The Thursday Murder Club for its psychological texture, emotional depth, and luminous, fireside warmth. What a generous novel. Readers of Louise Penny and Kate Atkinson, rejoice.
--
A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Suspenseful, funny, and poignant. The delightful, spirited characters from this witty, sometimes bittersweet story deserve a return engagement."
--Booklist (starred review)

"An imaginative and witty whodunit... Osman's careful attention to the realities of life in a retirement village ensures that The Thursday Murder Club is a compassionate, thoughtful tribute to a segment of the population that's often dismissed and ignored... Great fun."
--BookPage (starred review)

"The character-driven mystery, featuring a group of sleuths all too aware of their own mortality, and a likable pair of cops, is suspenseful, funny, and poignant... The delightful, spirited characters from this witty, sometimes bittersweet story deserve a return engagement."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Osman mixes mirth and murder in his exceptional debut. . . witty."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A fascinating primer in detection... A top-class cozy infused with dry wit and charming characters who draw you in and leave you wanting more, please."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A rather beguiling piece of work, reading like Kingsley Amis's The Old Devils refracted through an Agatha Christie prism... The ageing protagonists are a winning bunch, and Osman's skills have already led to greenlighting of further outings for his sleuths."
--Financial Times

"A sparkling debut... Fiendishly clever and brilliantly funny."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Witty... The characters and the writing are a treat... Everyone in the central quartet, especially the two women, are more complex than they originally seem, and while the tone is predominantly light and funny, Osman finds some moments of sweet poignancy."
--Seattle Times

"With wry British humor, and a cast of intrepid retirees, Richard Osman's delightful mystery caper offers surprising depth... The wit and the plot will bring readers back for more of this series."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can't help cheering them on--and hoping to meet them again soon."
--The Times (UK)

"A witty and poignant tale."
--The Daily Telegraph (UK)

"One of the most enjoyable books of the year. . . well-written, hilarious, and joyously big-hearted. . . The charm of The Thursday Murder Club is that it's so much more than a crime novel."
--The Daily Express (UK)

"Brilliant, smart, charming, and wryly funny."
--Good Housekeeping (UK)

"So smart, so funny, so warm, and such a wonderful mystery. If we're lucky Richard Osman will keep these characters alive forever."
--Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of You

"So smart and funny. Deplorably good."
--Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of Westwind

"Grinning like a monkey having just finished The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Loved its clever, clever plot, great gags, Ealing comedy set ups and Elizabeth. Can't say more but I want to be her one day..."
--Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow

"A rich, textured, twisted, and fabulously funny tale of murder and mayhem."
--Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

"By turns hilarious and poignant, The Thursday Murder Club offers up a brilliant concept that's flawlessly executed and told in a unique, captivating voice. These are rare qualities in any novel, let alone a debut. I read the first page, then put all else on hold to devour this pitch-perfect book in one sitting. Bravo!
--Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author of The Final Twist

"Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so very funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy."
--Marian Keyes, international bestselling author of Grown Ups

"A warm, wise, and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly."
--Val McDermid, international bestselling author of How the Dead Speak

"Utterly charming and very very clever."
--Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Cross Her Heart

"Funny, clever, and achingly British--what else would you expect from a book by Richard Osman?"
--Adam Kay, internationally bestselling author of This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident

"A superb debut. Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny and packed with characters you will want to see a lot more of."
--Mark Billingham, international bestselling author of Their Little Secret

"What a joy! Full of brilliantly observed humor, spot-on dialogue, and twists and turns aplenty. Joyce and the gang are now my favorite crime-solving team."
--Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to Be Cheerful

Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard Osman is an author, producer, and television presenter. His first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, was a #1 million-copy international bestseller. Critics have already described The Man Who Died Twice as "his second novel." He lives in London. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GS1BT6T
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (16 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2658 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 422 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0241425425
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1.0 out of 5 stars It is literally painful to read this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It is literally painful to read this book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2021
This was not what I expected. I had steeled myself for a cozy-crime story which would, no doubt, be awful but at least be a harmless way of passing some time. However, it’s got “serious” bits in it; but this book is more Val Doonican than Val McDermid. There are moments, basically unskilled shifts in tone, which are probably meant to be shocking but are telegraphed pages in advance, and make the attempt at a serious crime novel look leaden and clumsy.
This book is awful. I punished myself reading it. Every sentence is overwritten to breaking point. It is very hard to care about any of the characters because they are all so badly written. There is one called Elizabeth who is nearly seventy but talks like she’s twenty; one of the many signs of poor characterisation in this book. I suspect she is meant to be the “strong female character” in the story, which is par for the course these days for any book, but this one lacks strong characters of any gender. The villain is bereft of any dimension, let alone the requisite three. This book has three parts and 84 chapters for some reason. 84. This is not the hallmark of competence, and neither is writing a story in the present tense just to be “edgy”.
A plot that does nothing, characters that irritate and attempts at humour that do nothing but irritate, this is the last-minute homework of a talentless amateur desperately trying to avoid failing a creative writing course. No book can literally be painful to read; words on a page cannot actually cause you physical discomfort. But you know what? “The Man Who Died Twice” very nearly makes such a book an excruciating reality. If this is 21st century literature then you have to fear for the future of the written word.
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