The Bullet That Missed

Pamela Dorman: Viking. (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery, Bk. 3). Sept. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780593299395. $27. M
The four retirees of the Thursday Murder Club—Ron, Joyce, Elizabeth, and Ibrahim—are back to investigate the cold case of a TV reporter, Bethany Waites, who disappeared 10 years earlier. Bethany had been reporting on a big fraud case the night her car went over a cliff; her body has never been found. Heather Garbutt went to prison for the fraud Bethany was investigating, but she refuses to confess to murder. As the Thursday Murder Club digs into the case, former MI6 spy Elizabeth harbors private worries about text messages she’s been receiving, that order her to kill an aging KGB agent to save Joyce’s life. Osman’s novel is a convoluted story with investigations into fraud, murder, and threats in a case that takes the group into prisons, TV studios, and danger; romance, humor, and a clever trap to catch a villain fill out the plot.
VERDICT Although the third in Osman’s series (after The Man Who Died Twice) is confusing at times, it’s a character-rich mystery that will be eagerly received by fans of the Thursday Murder Club.
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