The Cooper Chase Retirement Center in Kent is home to four residents who meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss and try to solve open cold cases from the files of one of their former members. Together, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim make up The Thursday Murder Club. Until recently, the best they’d done was develop some potential theories to explore. But when a local developer is found murdered with a significant clue left behind, the group goes into action to help the police identify suspects, especially when another body is found who they had as their primary focus.
On the surface, this motley crew may appear to be simple septuagenarians but dig deeper and you’ll soon realize that before their retirements, every one of them had vibrant careers requiring keen sensibilities. I loved everything about this story and actually relinquished my need to do my own deductions, preferring to just follow the Club members. Each brought a different set of analytical skills, which made them so effective and resourceful. There were many laugh out loud moments, too, as they liked to use their age as deception. Nothing doddering about any of them.
As cozy as the mystery seemed, there were some interesting twists and circumstances for serious contemplation. I listened to the story and enjoyed the narrator. As much as I would have preferred a separate narrator for each of the members, she delivered a fine performance with distinctive voices for them all. I’m so glad this is now a series as this will be my comfort zone for delightful and intriguing escapades by a group of senior citizens who still have game.
- Release Date: September 22, 2020
- Narrator: Lesley Manville
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 26 minutes
- Publisher: Penguin Audio