The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is perfect follow up to The Thursday Murder Club. The storyline draws you deeper and deeper until it is racing along pulling the reader enthusiastically after it. The Thursday Club members and their companions are perfectly created and you just can’t resist the urge to like them as if they were true people you could meet in the transport or on the street. The baddies are clearly terrible individuals who merit all that Elizabeth decided they should get.
This story of The Man Who Died Twice spins around a burglary of twenty million pounds worth of diamonds. A few murders are committed and to track them down our old friends need to pool their resources and abilities to solve the secret of who killed the victims. As the story progresses, we will learn much more about every one of the characters who survived from The Thursday Murder Club, which is very much appreciated.
So, The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is actually what I expected – it is a quintessential British Murder secret that is very well written and noticed. The characters are perfectly uncovered as the story advances and the dialogue between them is sensible.
The book has interesting plot lines and ‘twists’ – few of which I was able to foresee. The ‘large uncover’ however kept me speculating and the ending was extremely fulfilling.
Richard Osman’s style will not appeal to everybody, however it does to me. It is evident that he is learning from experience and developing as an author. His style in “The Man Who Died Twice” is noticeably more relaxed and familiar than it was in book one. While I felt that the murder mystery in the first novel was basically a superficial vehicle to make Richard Osman to investigate the universe of these beneficiaries, the plot this time around is somewhat more vigorous and has a completely strong mystery adventure at its heart. As you will see, there is still the clever observational humour and there are even moments that are heart-warming or poignant.
All in all, The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is an enjoyable read. It held my interest throughout and kept me turning the pages.
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