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The Bullet That Missed
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The Bullet That Missed
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman. 
“The quartet of aging amateur sleuths…remain wonderful company,” —the New York Times Book Review
 
The Bullet That Missed hits on every front.—the Wall Street Journal

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 decade-old cold case—their favorite kind—leads them to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers.
Then a new foe pays Elizabeth a visit. Her mission? Kill or be killed. Suddenly the cold case has become red hot.
While Elizabeth wrestles with her conscience (and a gun), Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim chase down the clues with help from old friends and new. But can the gang solve the mystery and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?
From an upmarket spa to a prison cell complete with espresso machine to a luxury penthouse high in the sky, this third adventure of the Thursday Murder Club is full of the cleverness, intrigue, and irresistible charm that readers have come to expect from Richard Osman’s bestselling series.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman. 
“The quartet of aging amateur sleuths…remain wonderful company,” —the New York Times Book Review
 
The Bullet That Missed hits on every front.—the Wall Street Journal

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 decade-old cold case—their favorite kind—leads them to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers.
Then a new foe pays Elizabeth a visit. Her mission? Kill or be killed. Suddenly the cold case has become red hot.
While Elizabeth wrestles with her conscience (and a gun), Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim chase down the clues with help from old friends and new. But can the gang solve the mystery and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?
From an upmarket spa to a prison cell complete with espresso machine to a luxury penthouse high in the sky, this third adventure of the Thursday Murder Club is full of the cleverness, intrigue, and irresistible charm that readers have come to expect from Richard Osman’s bestselling series.
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  • From the cover 1.

    I don't need makeup," says Ron. He's in a straight-backed chair because Ibrahim told him you mustn't slouch on television.

    "Do you not?" replies his makeup artist, Pauline Jenkins, taking brushes and palettes from her bag. She has set up a mirror on a table in the Jigsaw Room. It is framed by lightbulbs, and the glow bounces off her cerise earrings as they bob back and forth.

    Ron feels the adrenaline pumping a little. This is the stuff. A bit of TV. Where are the others though? He told them they could come along "if they fancied, no big deal," and he will be gutted if they don't show.

    "They can take me as they find me," says Ron. "I've earned this face, it tells a story."

    "Horror story, if you don't mind me saying?" says Pauline, looking at a color palette, and then at Ron's face. She blows him a kiss.

    "Not everyone has to be beautiful," says Ron. His friends know the interview starts at four. They'll be here soon surely?

    "We're agreed there, darling," says Pauline. "I'm not a miracle worker. I remember you back in the day though. Handsome bugger, weren't you, if you like that sort of thing?"

    Ron grunts.

    "And I do like that sort of thing if I'm honest with you, right up my street. Always fighting for the working man, weren't you, throwing your weight around?" Pauline opens a compact. "You still believe in all that, do you? Up the workers?"

    Ron's shoulders go back a touch, like a bull preparing to enter a ring. "Still believe in it? Still believe in equality? Still believe in the power of labor? What's your name?"

    "Pauline," says Pauline.

    "Still believe in the dignity of a day's work for a fair day's pay, Pauline? More than ever."

    Pauline nods. "Good oh. Then shut your mush for five minutes and let me do the job I'm paid to do, which is to remind the viewers of South East Tonight what a looker you are."

    Ron's mouth opens, but, unusually for him, no words come out. Pauline starts on his foundation without further ado. "Dignity, my arse. Haven't you got gorgeous eyes? Like Che Guevara if he worked on the docks."

    In his mirror, Ron sees the door to the Jigsaw Room open. Joyce walks in. He knew she wouldn't let him down. Not least because she knows Mike Waghorn will be here. This whole thing was her idea, truth be told. She chose the file.

    Ron notices that Joyce is wearing a new cardigan. She just can't help herself.

    "You told us you weren't going to have makeup, Ron," says Joyce.

    "They make you," says Ron. "This is Pauline."

    "Hello, Pauline," says Joyce. "You've got your work cut out there."

    "I've seen worse," says Pauline. "I used to work on Casualty."

    The door opens once again. A camera operator walks in, followed by a sound man, followed by a flash of white hair, the quiet swoosh of an expensive suit and the perfect, masculine yet subtle scent of Mike Waghorn. Ron sees Joyce blush. He would roll his eyes if he wasn't having his concealer applied.

    "Well, here we all are, then," says Mike, his smile as white as his hair. "The name's Mike Waghorn. The one, the only, accept no substitutes."

    "Ron Ritchie," says Ron.

    "The same, the very same," says Mike, grasping Ron's hand. "Haven't changed a bit, have you? This is like being on safari and seeing a lion up close, Mr. Ritchie. He's a lion of a man, isn't he, Pauline?"

    "He's certainly something or other," agrees Pauline, powdering Ron's cheeks.

    Ron sees Mike turn his head slowly toward Joyce, slipping off her new cardigan with his eyes. "And who, might I ask, are you?"

    "I'm Joyce Meadowcroft." She practically curtsies.

    "I should say you...
About the Author-
  • Richard Osman is an author, producer, and television presenter. His first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, was a #1 million-copy international bestseller and a New York Times bestseller; The Man Who Died Twice was also a #1 international bestseller and a New York Times bestseller. Critics have already described The Man Who Died Twice as “his second novel,” and his third novel, The Bullet That Missed, is forthcoming. He lives in London with his partner, and Liesl the cat.
     
     
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 11, 2022
    Bestseller Osman’s diverting third Thursday Murder Club mystery (after 2021’s The Man Who Lived Twice) delivers laughs along with a nicely woven plot involving fraud, murder, and life in the Kent retirement village of Coopers Chase. At the club’s regular meeting in the Jigsaw Room, the four members—Elizabeth, a retired but still well-connected British spy; Ibrahim, a well-meaning psychiatrist; Ron, a still-feisty activist for workers’ rights; and the unexpectedly shrewd Joyce, whose diary entries enliven the narrative—decide to tackle the cold case of Bethany Waites, a journalist for the local TV station whose wrecked car was found at the bottom of a cliff 10 years earlier. The police declared it a murder, surmising that Bethany’s body had been washed out to sea. The group’s investigation stirs up a hornet’s nest and leads to another death, a kidnapping, and blackmail. The pace is breezy, the characters are intelligent and varied in their interests and backgrounds, and the humor is often pitched to readers who understand the vagaries of getting older. Osman reliably entertains. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency.

  • AudioFile Magazine The great Fiona Shaw's performance of this third outing for the Thursday Murder Club is a multilayered joy. Her technique is impeccable as she delivers the deliciously funny dialogue of Osman's elderly characters. Just for instance, late in the plot, sweet, fluttery little Joyce, who already has a Ukrainian money-laundering czar hiding out in her spare room, finds a 6'7" Swedish thug in her house aiming a gun at her and promising to shoot. Her unflappable reaction is so unexpected and disarming--especially in Shaw's performance--that you laugh out loud. But then, in spite of the tightly made and hard-driving plot, the whole production is a comic marvel. New to the series? Start here; start anywhere. You'll catch right up. Huge kudos to all. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine
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