Lead Review (The Last Devil To Die)

  • Book: The Last Devil To Die
  • Location: Kent, South East England
  • Author: Richard Osman

Review Author: tripfiction

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KENT / Southern England

The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman

No.4 in the Thursday Murder Club Mystery Series

It is delightful to catch up with The Thursday Murder Club members: Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim, at Cooper’s Chase and the book opens on Boxing Day as the team tucks into dinner in the company of priggish Mervyn. He comes to be the least of their concerns (despite having fallen for an Eastern European love scam) when, as New Year dawns, they discover an acquaintance has been found dead. A box containing a specific substance is missing and now they once again they are itching to get involved.

Each character brings talent to the team, and this is not only a sleuthing series, but a look at the lives of people – brought together by circumstance – who have a wealth of experience behind them… lives richly lived. They may be at the older end of the spectrum now but their wit and insight is truly heartening. It is certainly not, however, a simple investigation and there is an underlying poignancy and spirit as the story twists and turns to its conclusion.

The author clearly enjoys bringing his characters together on the page and that comes through to the reader. This is an engaging series with a good sense of warmth and wry humour. It can be read as a standalone but it may be a richer reading experience if the novels are read in order.

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