Book Review: The Bullet That Missed (Thursday Murder Club #3) by Richard Osman

“If murder were easy, none of us would survive Christmas.”

The third book in the Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman and published in 2022, The Bullet That Missed is set on an ordinary Thursday when things should finally be returning to normal. Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.

To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed… While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?


While I love Richard Osman, I haven’t been a huge fan of this series so far. It’s undoubtedly brilliantly written and it has often made me laugh, but I just don’t enjoy light crimes, especially when they involve nosy characters who get themselves too involved (which basically, is all The Thursday Murder Club do!). But this was definitely my favourite in the series so far.

A fast-paced crime with lots of great humour, The Bullet That Missed is an exciting mystery that you’ll easily want to read in one sitting.

With a tightly woven plot, sharp writing and lots of great action, I found this instalment far more engaging than the first two books in the series which allowed me to enjoy the brilliant dynamics between the main characters even more. By the end, I wanted to savour the story a little more to be able to stay in The Thursday Murder Club’s company.

Even if, like me, you’re not typically a fan of this lighter subgenre, there’s certainly a lot to enjoy about Richard Osman’s books, so I’d definitely recommend giving them a read!

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