The Bullet that Missed by Richard OsmanThe Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman
Narrator: Fiona Shaw
Series: Thursday Murder Club #3
Published by Books on Tape on September 20, 2022
Source: Library
Genres: Mystery
Length: 11 hrs 17 mins
Pages: 413
Format: Audiobook
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It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.

To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed...

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?

I absolutely adore the Thursday Murder Club. This time around Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim are looking into the ten-year-old unsolved murder of Bethany Waites, a journalist/co-host of a television news show. Along with this mystery, Elizabeth has an “encounter” with a man they are calling “The Viking”, who is trying to force Elizabeth to kill someone for him or he will kill Joyce.

Each of our characters gets a chance to shine.  Elizabeth gets to see spend time with an ex-KGB acquaintance. Joyce gets to flirt with a handsome TV personality. Ron makes a couple of new friends, and Ibrahim gets to do some brainstorming and use his therapy skills. Donna, Chris, and Bogdan are back too. Bogdan is still my favorite character and I love how his relationship with Donna is progressing.

The mystery was maybe a little convoluted, but I enjoyed it. Yes, it’s unlikely that all these characters would form friendships and work together to bring down (another) bad guy, but it’s fun. We have missing money, shallow graves, a couple murders, and an adorable dog – what more could I ask for?

I listened to the audio and the narrator did a fabulous job. The characters’ personalities and emotions were conveyed well and the pace was good. It also has a bonus section at the end in which Steph McGovern interviews Richard Osman about the series. 

About Richard Osman

Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer, novelist, and comedian. He is the creator and co-presenter of the BBC One television quiz show Pointless. He has presented the BBC Two quiz shows Two Tribes and Richard Osman’s House of Games and served as a team captain on the comedy panel shows Insert Name Here and The Fake News Show. He has made appearances on many British panel shows.

Osman worked at Hat Trick Productions alongside Ben Smith before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK, producing shows including Prize Island for ITV and Deal or No Deal for Channel 4. He is the author of The Thursday Murder Club series.

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