As the third instalment in the best-selling Thursday Murder Club series hits UK shelves, author Richard Osman has promised The Bullet That Missed is not the last we’ll see of his popular septuagenarian crime fighters.
“They’re not going anywhere, anytime soon,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Big Issue. “I mean, I love these characters. I love the world they’re in. And I love the reaction to them. So I’m going to do [book] four, then maybe do something else for a year, but they will definitely be coming back. They’re not going anywhere, anytime soon. So for anyone who loves the Thursday Murder Club, they’ll be sticking around for some time.”
The Thursday Murder Club came out in 2020 and was an instant smash. It captured readers with its compelling mystery, humour, and pacey storytelling and has since sold more than a million copies.
The book follows four unlikely sleuths in their 70s: retired nurse Joyce, former spy Elizabeth, trade unionist Ron, and Ibrahim, a retired university professor.
“You wouldn’t want to mess with any of them,” said Osman. “But they’ve all come from a place of kindness and empathy.”
The following year Joyce and the crew were back in another best seller, The Man Who Died Twice. Osman said he was very glad to put a demographic that is too often invisible at the heart of his books.