The Book Club Review

The Thursday Murder Club • Episode #135

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Episode notes

When a book sells upwards of five and a half million copies and film rights are snapped up by none other than Steven Spielberg it seems to us a special episode is in order. And so join us as we dive into, and attempt to make sense of, the publishing phenomenon that is The Thursday Murder Club, the cozy crime novel set in a retirement community by TV-producer and presenter-turned-author Richard Osman. 

Join us as Kate and two very special guests give The Thursday Murder Club the book club treatment. Our first guest is author and friend-of-the-pod Colleen Hubbard, whose debut novel Housebreaking was published by Hachette last year and is out in paperback April 2023. She joined Kate over Zoom and brought along her friend Sue, a pilates instructor and keen reader, to help give us more insight into how older readers are responding to this book.

Then it's back to Kate and Laura for a stack of our favourite follow-on crime reads, cozy or otherwise.

If you haven't yet read The Thursday Murder Club don’t worry, we will not spoil the plot for you. What we will do is take a friendly but critical overview to see if we can fathom the secrets behind the book’s appeal

Book recommendations

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Wych Elm by Tana French

Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne

Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession.


The Thursday Murder Club is published by Penguin.

Find out more about Colleen and her novel Housebreaking (Hachette) at

The Thursday Murder Club audiobook is produced by Penguin Audio

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