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First off let us talk about those wonderful characters. My favourite will always be Elizabeth (think Helen Mirren's character from RED), but I do have rather a soft spot for gentle Ibrahim, who sets about counselling a murderer and trying to be happy for his best friend, Ron, who has started a new relationship. Joyce is the heart of the story and it was fascinating to learn that Richard Osman's mum believes Joyce should be played by Pauline Collins. I now can't unsee this. Ron is fantastic, a real man's man trying to negotiate his way through a very different world. The scene where he has a couples massage with his new lady friend Pauline had me snorting tea through my nose.
The cast are joined by a wonderful set of supporting characters. Bogdan, Donna, Chris and Patrice. Viktor, an associate of Elizabeth's and former ex-KGB questioner proving a very welcome addition.
But it is Osman's own gentle observational writing that makes this wonderfully funny and full of warmth. The chapter when a room is described as 'full of testosterone' was another tea through the nose moment for me.
And so in conclusion, great story, marvellous characters and an author who is able to gently observe a strange world. Mr Osman deserves every success. In my humble opinion, the Thursday Murder Club novels are going from strength to strength. Long May it continue.
Loved the first books and have been patiently waiting for the third instalment. Big disappointment all a bit too formulaic and meeeh as though it has been done to appease publishers rather than readers. Love Richards wit and hope that this is just a temporary blip. He is going through a lot of changes personally and professionally and can be excused for a sub standard product once in a while. No doubt the book will sell well but write for the readers and not the publishers please.
Firstly, I like Richard Osman enormously and this possibly influences any critique I make of this book. Secondly, I am 80 next birthday and that might - ditto -
Yet another totally unrealistic, far fetched murder mystery - John Grisham it is not, but its fun. I read some reviews that really take Osman's books very seriously. Well, I don't think that's quite the what they're about (other than the £££££££££ he is obviously making! Seriously serious!)
I love the way Osman takes perfectly ordinary situations - retirement communities, regional television, woolly cardigans - and using his obvious knowledge of these, peoples them with larger than life characters. I doubt he's that familiar with KGB colonels or money launderers, but his imagination seems to fill these gaps. And when the events become just too far fetched, suddenly something so poignant, I found myself close to tears - Stephen, having remembered the titles of books in Henrik's library, can no longer remember that he plays chess, and Bogdan's gentleness in dealing with him.
The Bullet That Missed arrived, I began to read and immediately got lost in the world of characters not much older than me, and their ever-expanding collection of new friends and enemies. I loved it! Richard Osman is a kind and gentle author, who doesn't need violence for his characters to make the story work. There's no gratuitous unpleasantness, no sex scenes to leave the reader uncomfortable but rather very realistic observations about the older generation and their (my/our) feelings of the aches and pains of encroaching age-related issues. My knees ached in sympathy with Ron's knees, and I absolutely got his anxiety at the pampering session - what will the masseur think of my bum - that I may not have had more than forty years ago, but would paralyse me with embarrassment now. I shan't describe the core characters; if you're a fan, you already know, and if not yet, don't sit there, reading this waffle - buy the first one, then the second, add this third book to your shelf and then do what I've just done, and pre-order book four. My only sadness, really, is that the lovely Mr Osman has left Pointless, to concentrate on his writing. While I understand the reason, selfishly I want it all.
I would like to thank Richard Osman for yet another excellent book. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two I pre-ordered this one ( as I have done for the 4th ) and was NOT disappointed. Some comments I've read are rather negative but perhaps I'm a bit bias as I'm around the age of most of the characters although I have never worked for MI5 or 6 and never been in the KGB I can related to some of the things they do. I believe that the reader won't be disappointed so long as you start knowing its light hearted and for fun. I recommend this to anyone of any age and look forward to Book 4 next year Thank you Richard Osman for bringing many a smile into my life
The residents of Coopers Chase return for more sleuthing. As well as being a fun whodunit, it also tackles the dilemas of those of the 70+ brigade and how they should live out the time they have left. Your fondness of the main characters developes with each book and you are taken on a rooler coaster ride of laughter and sadness. Having an octogenarian father who is becoming more forgetful by the day I think Stephen's chatacter is immensly believable. I had a tear in my eye at his encounter with Bogdan towards the end of the book. I can't wait for the next installment.
You do need to have read the second in the series to fully understand what is going on - if you have not read it give yourself a treat. I was actually reading part of this book in bed - can't tell you which bit - but I could not stop laughing. I did try not to but I could not get it out of my mind. My wife was not too happy at the time ! This is a brilliant page turner. I must try Laser Quest one day ! I will say no more. A book you must read