Thursday, December 10, 2020

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring a current read, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. The excerpts shared are from an eBook borrowed from the library.

Beginning:  Part One

Meet New People and Try New Things


Well, let's start with Elizabeth, shall we?  And see where that gets us?


Page 56:  With respect, I am nearly eighty, and so this won't be my problem, but I do hope they sort it out.


My thoughts:  This first book in a new series is a delightful read.  Set in an English retirement village, its eclectic cast of characters are brimming with resourcefulness and witty observations.  Don't let their advanced age fool you, these retired professionals are whip smart and extremely capable.


From GoodReads:  In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. 

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?


This Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog,  It cannot be republished without attribution.




  1. The synopsis makes the story sounds like the perfect setup for a whodunit. Enjoy your current read!

  2. I actually love aging characters. Could it have something to do with getting older? LOL

    Enjoy, and thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “THE COUSINS”

  3. This one is HIGH on my TBR list. I actually hope that Father Christmas would be so kind as to bring it for me...!

    Hope you enjoy it and keep us posted! Have a wonderful weekend.

    Weekend Book Friends

  4. Sounds great. I'll be adding this one to my wishlist. I'm spotlighting The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley which was a read/listen combo for me. Happy reading!

  5. Sounds interesting!! Happy weekend!

  6. I've looked at this one. Might have to give it a go.

  7. Now that I'm getting older, I sometimes feel like I fit in more with the older crowd. :-) This sounds like a great read, Catherine. I enjoyed the excerpts you shared. And I can't resist an eclectic cast of characters like this.

  8. I've been eyeing this one. I like the excerpts.