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The Thursday Murder Club • #135

The Thursday Murder Club: 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 beloved 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. What we will do is take a friendly but critical overview to see if we can fathom the secrets behind the book’s appeal.

Listen via the media player above or your preferred podcast player using this podfollow link.

Book recommendations from The Thursday Murder Club episode

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


Find out more about Housebreaking by Colleen Hubbard

If you love a bestseller, why not try our episode on Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and find out what Kate’s book club thought of it.




Have you read The Thursday Murder Club and the follow on titles? If you have thoughts on this episode or book recommendations for us comment below, we’d love to hear them.


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