The Bullet That Missed: (The Thursday Murder Club 3)

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The Bullet That Missed: (The Thursday Murder Club 3)

The Bullet That Missed: (The Thursday Murder Club 3)

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One Thursday afternoon in the seniors' center, a decade-old cold case --their favorite kind-- leads the Thursday Murder Club to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers. A new foe they call "Viking", wants Elizabeth to kill former KGB chief Viktor, or he will kill her sweet best friend Joyce. Activist marked for death Ron and psychiatrist Ibrahim chase clues for Viking's identity, and investigate mob-queen prisoner from last book. I feel like this series just keeps getting better and better. The mystery was a little weak in the first book, but it has improved so much over book 2 and this one. And through it all, it has retained its wonderful characters and that tongue-in-cheek British humor I love so much, with its quirkiness and gentle poking fun at the absurdity of life and growing old. Above all it’s good to keep busy. Routine is important in prison. Also, it is important to have things to look forward to, and Connie is looking forward to killing Bogdan.” A local news legend is on the hunt for an exciting new headline and our Thursday Murder Club favourites are soon on the trail of two murders that occurred ten years apart. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is presented with a deadly mission: kill or be killed and while she grapples with this latest dilemma, her conscience and a gun - the gang and their new friends unravel a new mystery.

While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed... A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman. The Bullet That Missed is book #3 in the Thursday Murder club series. The unique, eccentric characters make this series a must-read, and this installment is no exception. There are plenty of laughs to be had, and I am already eagerly awaiting the next installment. If you haven’t started this series yet, DO IT NOW! I can find no “cons” for this book because the writing is great, the characters well described and interesting and the mystery was not an easy one to solve. I was completely stumped – in a good way!!

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim find an old cold case that interests them, and they’d like to solve it. When they’re on the prowl, they’re going to get their way. Unfortunately for Elizabeth, she’s also dealing with a personal issue when someone from her past threatens her future. She’s reluctant to share this with her friends, but by keeping it to herself…is she putting them in danger? Well the Fab Four can’t wait to get to work on this case Ibrahim goes to the prison to ask Connie Johnson some questions but is not speaking to anyone. The mysteries are complex, the characters vivid, and the whole thing is laced with warm humor and—remarkably, considering the body count—good feeling. Your next must-read mystery series.” I read book one and listened to book two. The narrator for book two was so good and I was looking forward to her narration of book three. But instead we got another awesome narrator who made this story even better. I just cannot get enough of these characters and this series! The original four spunky septuagenarians, aka The Thursday Murder Club, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron, are at the center of the action. In addition, other favorites are featured, including Chris, Donna, and Bogdan, and Alan, the dog, has a large role.The chapters are short, smart and full of wit, and every character brings flavor to the story. My one and only issue with the book, and the reason for 4 stars rather than 5, is that there was almost TOO much going on, and it created some confusion at times trying to keep all the characters and their connections straight. I’m not sure I’d try this on audio alone, because I found myself needing to look up names and situations a few times, but if you pay close attention you should be fine. A new mystery is afoot in thethird bookin the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman. As the cold case turns white hot, Elizabeth wrestles with her conscience (and a gun), while Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim chase down clues with help from old friends and new. But can the gang solve the mystery and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again? I thought it was a lot of fun, but I mostly just treat it like an amuse-bouche; something to enjoy and feel good about, without putting a great deal of thought into its components. I'm not going to be a downer and point them out; besides, Osman kind of does that for us: Elizabeth is fearless as usual, Joyce is such a hoot with her nonchalent ways and always offering up a cup of tea to anyone, including murder suspects! Like that would prevent the next murder! Ron uses his psychiatrist skills to outwit a prison inmate, and Ibrahim makes himself mad with anagrams.

At the end of the audiobook there is a 'bonus chapter' 30-minute interview of the author by English Journalist Steph McGovern. You hear the authors' passion for this series, crime fiction, his main characters, and loves what their experience, wisdom, and eclectic friendships offer to the books and the readers experience. It was fun to hear him admittedly talk about his characters as if they are real! I love the 4 main characters and their voices. I love that they're old but instead of sitting around talking about the good old days, they're still out there squeezing every last drop out of life. It was best to grab everything while you could. Who knows when your final swim might come, your final walk, your final kiss?The Bullet That Missed hits on every front. Its quandaries stymie, its solutions thrill, its banter is worth reciting and its characters exemplify an admirable camaraderie. One can only hope that the Thursday Murder Club’s next outing appears before long.” Then a new foe pays Elizabeth a visit. Her mission? Kill or be killed. Suddenly the cold case has become red hot. Has Elizabeth ever led a simple life? She was previously a spook with Britain’s MI5, and when she was looking into a cold case recently, she called on three friends from her retirement village for help. Together, they are the Thursday Murder Club. I was once called to give evidence to the Defence Select Committee,’ says Elizabeth. ‘But, legally, they had to blur my face. And I was once in a hostage video.’” Besides this mystery, Elizabeth has had an “encounter” with a man they are calling “The Viking”. He has a proposition for Elizabeth, he wants a certain person killed or else he will kill her and one of her friends.

While the show investigation goes on, Ibrahim has been sent to interview a prisoner, Connie, who is a fearsome character.Not only do the mysteries keep on getting better but the character development has me feeling like these are friends of mine who I am catching up with whenever a new book gets released! DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Waitomo District Library for the loan of The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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