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In October, Crime & Beyond Book Club met to discuss The Thursday Club Murders by Richard Osman. We had a great discussion of the book, but we got reviews that were all across the board.

First of all, we had a good amount of bodies, for those who care...which is ALL of us! We had 7 murders and 3 suicides, so no one complained about the lack of dead people for this one. We found other things to complain about, though. Leave it to us!

The book got the following scores: two 9s, four 8s, six 7s, one 6, three 5s, one 4, and one 3.

As you can see, all across the board. The people who gave the book a high score: loved it; loved the depth of the characters; thought it was funny and witty; thought it was fun, light, and humorous; thought it had charming towns; loved the quirkiness. In caveman speak: British good. Christina thought it was a good vacation read.

I honestly think that our main criticism was that It made our heads spin. We got confused. The red herrings took us all over the place. The plot lines were endless. And as Allie pointed out, there was too much head hopping. (We were in lots of people’s heads and it just got overwhelming.) German Janice was just plan confused.

Jeff broke it down into sections: at first, it was funny and charming. Then, in the middle, it got funny and grating. It picked up at the end, but he thought Joyce was a serial killer and it turned out she wasn’t. I’m not sure if he was happy or surprised at that outcome. Jay won’t read the next book in the series, but many of us will. Don’t worry, Jay, we’ll tell you all about it.

Next month we’re super duper excited to read the first ever book to feature Windsor Horne Lockwood III (aka Win) as the protagonist.

We will be discussing the book virtually on November 22 at 6:00 pm via Zoom (Zoom link below). Nicole will be leading the discussion and I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks. I just started the book on vacay, and am so far just along for the ride – not sure where it’s all going.

Further Notes:
Secret Santa participation is CLOSED
Holiday Party RSVPs due 11/15 (Party is Friday, December 17)

See you on Zoom for the next discussion.