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The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel
Title The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel
Author
Publisher Pamela Dorman Books
Release DateSeptember 22, 2020
Category Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Total Pages 363 pages
ISBN 1234567890
Book Rating 5 out of 5 from 9552 reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
Book Review & Summary:

"A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom...SUCH FUN!" --Kate Atkinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Sky Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves A female cop with her first big case A brutal murder Welcome to... THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB 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. 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?

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'Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish' Marian Keyes 'I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful in one glorious gulp' Caitlin Moran ____________________________________ Teenager Lizzie Vogel has a new job as a dental assistant. This is not as glamorous as it sounds. At least it means mostly getting away from her alcoholic, nymphomaniacal, novel-writing mother. But, if Lizzie thinks being independent means sex with her boyfriend (he prefers bird-watching), strict boundaries (her boss keeps using herloo) or self-respect (surely only actual athletes get fungal foot infections?) she's still got a lot more growing up to do. ______________________________________ LONGLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 'This made me laugh and broke my heart . . . Stibbe is one of the all time greats' Daisy Buchanan 'Stibbe is one of the great comic writers of our time' Irish Times 'Pitch perfect vintage comedy' Guardian 'Lives up to its title' Sunday Times 'Joyful. Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult' Daily Telegraph 'The literary love child of Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett...this is pure laughing gas' Mail on Sunday 'Loved it! I so love Lizzie. She is brave and kind and funny and totally original . . . I couldn't have liked it more (as I think Noel Coward said.)' Katie Fforde 'Another great from Nina Stibbe' Kathy Burke 'Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe' Red Magazine 'Comedy gold . . . Reasons To Be Cheerful is just the read you need right now' Stylist 'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller' Women and Home

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Release Date 2010-08-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780307762528
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"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable." Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf. "A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers."

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