The Man Who Died Twice

Pamela Dorman: Viking. (Thursday Murder Club Mystery, Bk. 2). Sept. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781984880994. $26. M
In this sequel to The Thursday Murder Club, Elizabeth Best and her septuagenarian friends Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim are once again on the trail of a killer. Elizabeth’s ex-husband Douglas has contacted her after many years, asking her to hide him in her retirement village. Some bad people are after him, and there is a question about some diamonds that he may or may not have stolen. Elizabeth is afraid of being thrust back into the cloak-and-dagger life she left behind. When someone is killed during an attempt on Douglas’s life, Elizabeth is contacted by MI5 agents who want to figure out who located his safe house. While the hunt is on for the missing diamonds, more deaths occur, and Elizabeth must use her espionage skills to outwit a killer. The friends also deal with a violent act done to one of their own when Ibrahim is brutally mugged.
VERDICT This entertaining follow-up to Osman’s first mystery reveals more about the main characters’ lives, especially Elizabeth’s. Excerpts from Joyce’s diary provide many humorous moments, as well as another perspective of the events of the novel. Recommended for fans of British cozies, especially Simon Brett’s “Fethering” series and Ann Purser’s “Lois Meade” series.
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