The story centres around 4 pensioners; an ex MI5 agent, a psychiatrist, a nurse, and a union leader. In this second murder club outing the motley crew are caught up in a £20million diamond theft, British intelligence agencies and, yes you guessed it, more murders - they are a murder club after all. Together, with police officers Chris and Donna, and Polish friend Bogdan (who has some mad skills) they set out to solve the intricate and complex crimes.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I got a kick out of imagining pensioners being underestimated and outwitting hardened criminals, police and intelligence services. It is an easy read and keeps you gripped - the chapters are short and often finish on a bit of a cliffhanger keeping the reader engrossed and wanting more.
It’s a classic whodunnit with twist and turns so as soon as you think you have figured it out you get pulled in a different direction. It all comes to very satisfying and plausible conclusion though.
Intelligently written, witty, and clever Osman seems to have tapped into a genre that time forgot but we all love. Remember Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Poirot - all excellent daytime viewing thrillers but with a PG rating so the whole family could sit and watch. These are what this book reminded me of. This is not a bad thing, my point is that a story doesn’t need to have have explosions, car chases and extravagantly thought up grizzly murders for their to be excitement and fun. There are areas of good humour; some laugh out loud moments and some difficult scenes especially the unprovoked attack of a pensioner.
I for one will go back and read the first whilst eagerly awaiting the third instalment