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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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