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The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman, book review

The Bullet that Missed is the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman. In my opinion it was the best one yet.

If you’ve not read any of the Thursday Murder Club books they could be read alone but it’s probably best to read them in order because of the character development in each one. By the time you get to The Bullet that Missed the characters feel like old friends.

The Bullet Than Missed.

bookcover, The Bullet that missed, by Richard Osman. Book Three in the Thursday Mystery Club series.
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking; 1st edition (15 Sept. 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241512425
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241512425
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm

The Blurb

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?

My Review of The Bullet That Missed

I listened to The Bullet that Missed on Audible;

book cover from Audible
By: Richard Osman
Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
Series: Thursday Murder Club, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 15-09-22
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Fiona did an excellent job of bringing the book to life. I really love these characters and their little idioms. I feel like I know them so well. To add a little more Richard Osman introduced some new characters and faded a few in the background. (I did miss Chris and Donna who had much lesser roles in this book.)

As this is the third book in the series I do think that you need to have read the other books. The stories are definitely stand alone, but the characters are developed slowly through each book. Like a few people, I wasn’t overly impressed with the first book, The Thursday Murder Club, but it does pave the way for the sequels, which just get better and better. I really loved The Man That Died Twice and the twist and turns it had just made you want to keep reading.

The Bullet That Missed was a little different, we had our mystery murder, well, several of them, and it wasn’t really difficult to work out the culprit, but there were also some unexpected twists. What I really loved was the warmth put into the characterisation and the laugh out loud moments.

I’m excited to think that there will be a film, but for now, I love these characters in my head.

You can read my other reviews here:

The Thursday Murder Club (reading back I can’t believe I didn’t like this book very much, I may read it again.)

The Man Who Died Twice (I loved this book and may just listen to it again.)

Have you read any of the Thursday Murder Club books?

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3 thoughts on “The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman, book review”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! For me, it was better than The Man Who Died Twice, but couldn’t top the sheer joy of discovering the characters for the first time in The Thursday Murder Club.
    We went to see Richard Osman at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last week. He’s currently working on a fourth book and then is going to take a break from them and write a different sort of crime novel, but he will go back to them and write more books!

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