- Author : RICHARD OSMAN
- Publisher : Viking (25 September 2020); Penguin Random House
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-13 : 9780241425459
Bestselling cosy crime caper
The fastest selling adult crime debut since records began is an amiable if undemanding cosy caper. What marks it out is the originality of the setting, inspired by a visit the Pointless creator paid to an affluent retirement village boasting a full range of recreational and medical facilities including a “contemporary upscale restaurant”.
In the novel this becomes Cooper’s Chase, an exclusive development secreted on the Kentish weald: “You can’t move here until you’re over sixty-five and the Waitrose delivery vans clink with wine and repeat prescriptions every time they pass over the cattle grid”. Every Thursday the amateur sleuths of Cooper’s Chase gather in the jigsaw room, “between Art History and Conversational French”, to investigate unsolved murder cases that the Kent police force have been too incompetent to prosecute themselves. When a local developer is slipped a lethal injection in a scuffle, the Thursday Murder Club have a real life homicide on their hands.