It’s the following Thursday.
Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.
As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?
But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians.
Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?
The Man Who Died Twice is a witty, charming and brilliant return to Coopers Chase. The unforgettable characters bring their charisma and intellect to an exciting new mystery.
The story is told in three parts, each part with a subheading which cleverly hints to some of the focus within. It’s a definite hint rather than a tell-all and expertly reflective of the characters within!
The chapters are a collection of third person perspective, some specifically following Elizabeth, Ibrahim and Ron, amongst a couple of others, and Joyce’s first person perspective via her diary. I enjoyed this and extra perspective from Joyce is always welcome, as she is a real character and a wonderful grandmotherly figure.
Thrown straight back into The Thursday Murder Club’s following meeting, chronologically it’s as though you barely ever left. The escapades are equally as interesting as in book one and the multiple mysteries running alongside each other only makes the focus even more entertaining.
Each of the characters quirks and amusing personality traits are back with renewed vigour and the familiarity of each of them is like visiting old friends. Additionally, the return of other characters from the previous novel, such as Police Officers Chris and Donna, was a nice addition. It really feels like much of the community is back on an unorthodox crime fighting mission.
The wit and humour from the characters is as wonderful as ever and I really enjoyed gaining more of an insight into their personalities and backstories. The quirks of each and the tangents they find themselves following make each more lifelike.
Joyce’s fabulous stream of conscious returns in her chapters and once again it feels like you’re in her head. The way she flits subject matter without warning is extremely realistic.
The story flows seamlessly into each mystery and I really raced through the pages. I was eager to know what happened with the diamonds and Douglas, amongst other things!
A brilliant revisit to Coopers Chase and The Thursday Murder Club gang. Can’t wait for The Bullet That Missed, which is out in September!
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Until next time,