The Thursday Murder Club is a murder mystery (sort of a cozy?) that takes place in a retirement community. If you’re looking for a perfectly enjoyable mystery that’s never scary but has more depth than a cozy and will also make you laugh, this might be a good choice.
The four main characters, Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim, and Ron enjoy solving old murders in their spare time, but when a developer is murdered in their community, they decide to help the police (whether the police like it or not) to solve the case.
First, the good: the characters are really wonderful. I get so tired of reading books (thrillers, mainly) where the characters are so unlikable. I truly enjoyed reading about the four friends, and I also really liked the two police officers they work with. The mystery is interesting and twisty, but never too scary. It’s not exactly a cozy mystery, in my opinion, but it is a read that will make you feel super cozy, if that makes sense. Also, this book is just funny! I laughed a lot while reading it.
The bad: The ending is convoluted and a bit of a reach. I had to reread some parts to make sense of it all. Still, it didn’t detract much from my overall enjoyment. Keeping in mind that my standards were super low after spending almost three months struggling through one of the worst books I’ve ever read, I still think anyone who enjoys mysteries would enjoy this. It was refreshing and a lot of fun.