The Last Devil to Die: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery

by Richard Osman

Hardcover, 2023

Call number

MYST OSM

Genres

Publication

Pamela Dorman Books (2023), 368 pages

Description

Shocking news reaches them--an old friend has been killed, and a dangerous package he was protecting has gone missing. The gang's search leads them into the antiques business, where the tricks of the trade are as old as the objects themselves. As they encounter drug dealers, art forgers, and online fraudsters--as well as heartache close to home--Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim have no idea whom to trust. With the body count rising, the clock ticking down, and trouble firmly on their tail, has their luck finally run out?

User reviews

LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
The four members of the Thursday Murder Club—Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron—and their many friends and loved ones are back in the murder game in this fourth mystery devoted to their sleuthing, this time confronting the killing of someone they know. Kuldesh Sharma, the antiques dealer who
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aided them in a previous case, and a long-time friend of Elizabeth and her husband Stephen, is murdered in a country lane, and it looks like a professional job. Is it simply a case of Kuldesh getting dragged into the heroine business, as at first seems apparent, or is there more going on beneath the surface? While the gang works to figure everything out, Elizabeth confronts a heartbreaking situation with Stephen, whose dementia has grown ever worse...

Engaging, well-written, and very entertaining, The Last Devil to Die is a worthy follow up to its predecessors, once again pairing an engrossing mystery with a character-driven story of four elderly people and their sometimes complicated lives. As mentioned in my reviews of some of the previous books in the series, I think one of Richard Osman's real strengths is his ability to create a cast of characters who feel like real people, and whom the reader comes to love. This has certainly been the case for me, and part of my enjoyment of the series has been the chance to "visit" with the gang, as well as some of the secondary characters (I really want to know more about Bogdan!). Of course, this strength means that when tragedy strikes, it is terribly sad. As someone who cares for a relative with dementia, I found the storyline concerning Elizabeth and Stephen almost unbearably painful, and I lay awake all night after completing the book, staring at the ceiling and contemplating my own relationship with my dementia-stricken loved one. As it happens, although I completed the book shortly after Christmas, I am only now posting my review, after a partial reread. I think this delay is owing to my strong feelings about this part of the book.

In any case, this is certainly one I would recommend, although I think it is better to read the preceding books in the series first. For my part, I look forward to more of Osman's work, both in the new series he is apparently poised to start, and, when he returns to the world of Cooper's Chase, to the Thursday Murder Club.
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LibraryThing member witchyrichy
I had pre-ordered The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman and was pleasantly surprised when it showed up in my Kindle library. I, of course, read it immediately ahead of other current reads. I was not disappointed although it had a more somber tone than previous books. It may be because I listened
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to the other books. It was nice to be back with the elders of Coopers Chase and good to see Joyce move out from Elizabeth's shadow. The mystery was a twisty tale with an extra comical layer.
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LibraryThing member Amzzz
Could I tell you anything about the mystery in this book? No. Did I bawl? Yes. The characters in the Thursday Murder Club are nothing short of delightful!
LibraryThing member Eyejaybee
This fourth outing for the characters introduced in The Thursday Murder Club is another success – Richard Osman spins another dose of ‘cosy’ murder investigation with the same wry humour that marked the previous three. He is not, however, simply churning out books to a formula. There are
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marked differences in this one, with further insights into the Club members, and new characters hovering on the fringes.

I don’t propose to say much about the story for fear of inadvertent spoilers. I enjoyed the book, and noted a particular sensitivity in Osman’s handling of the issue of dementia, and several related subjects. These could have become intrusive, or detracted from the overall enjoyment of the book, but Osman struck a careful balance, and succeeded in lending a deeper poignancy to this book than the previous ones.

I understand that he is going to take a break from the Thursday Murder Club for a while, and that his next novel will enter new territory, but I hope that we have not seen the last of them.
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LibraryThing member zhoud2005
The series is getting tired.
LibraryThing member lauralkeet
The Thursday Murder Club was formed by a group of seniors living in a retirement community, with an initial interest in cold cases. By this fourth book, our protagonists have established a track record solving present-day crimes. Their success simultaneously delights and frustrates the local
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police, but by this fourth book they have all figured out how to work together. This time, the crime victim is an antiques dealer, a long-time friend of Elizabeth’s husband Stephen whose assistance proved invaluable in a previous case. The investigation has the team exploring both drug traffickers and shady antiques dealers.

Of course they solve the crime, but along the way the four club members experienced events that have a profound effect both personally and collectively. The most significant of these developments was foreshadowed early on, but played out differently than I expected. Richard Osman then devoted the next few chapters to a very emotional interlude exploring the impact on each club member. This poignancy continued alongside this series’ trademark humor, with events tied up in a very satisfying way.
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LibraryThing member ASKelmore
Best for:
Fans of the series - you should really read the first three before you read this one.

In a nutshell:
The best octogenarians out there are back to solve another crime - this one hitting closer to home.

Worth quoting:
N/A (Audio book)

Why I chose it:
I tore through the first three of these books
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and couldn’t wait to read what these folks are up to next.

What it left me feeling:
Content

Review:
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are back. Oh how I’ve missed them. They live in Cooper’s Chase, a retirement community in England. The book begins with the murder of Elizabeth’s husband’s friend Kuldesh, which obviously draws the team in. I won’t share more at risk of spoilers.

What I have enjoyed so much about these books is the character development, and we get even more in this one. This book has some funny moments, but also a lot of heart and some real rough moments as well. I love media that isn’t focused on people finding partners or raising children; I love books that talk about friendships, and especially friendships among older people. I’m sure I said this in my last review, but I feel like older characters are often left out of media, or are mentioned only as grandparents, not people with full and independent lives.

Osman does a great job not just of spinning a twisty, turning plot that one probably won’t guess but that isn’t still totally out of left field. But more than that - he gives us characters that we care about and root for. Complex, interesting characters.

Recommend to a Friend / Keep / Donate it / Toss it:
I recommend the audio book, because Fiona Shaw (who you may know from Killing Eve, or Harry Potter, but who will always be the Headmistress from the Pileforth School for Girls featured in Three Men and a Little Lady to me) does a fantastic job reading it.
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LibraryThing member shearon
When this series started I read that the author intended three books. When I was reading the third one, [The Bullet That Missed] I thought that was about right: that the series was great, but it had run its course, the characters were becoming too caricatured, the plot twists too silly, the
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dialogue too cute. So I was disappointed to later read that the author now intended several more. Not hard to imagine why. It is a very popular series. People love it. I am sure a lot of money is being made.

So I started reading this fourth installment with pretty low expectations. I am very glad to say that I was wrong. Some of the plot twists are very silly and some of the dialogue much too cute (but hilarious). But Osman is broadening the characters a little bit, as well as introducing a couple new ones. It also tackles issues of love and loss with sensitivity and heartbreaking warmth. It does get a little too sappy for me at the very end, but Osman has pulled me totally back into the fold with this one and I now look forward to his next installment.
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LibraryThing member Dianekeenoy
It's always fun to get back into the lives of Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibraham and their Thursday Murder Club! This installment starts with the death of an old friend and the disappearance of the package he was protecting. I love this series!
LibraryThing member foggidawn
You'd think that an illicit shipment of heroin worth a hundred grand wouldn't have anything to do with the members of the Thursday Murder Club, but you would be wrong, of course.

This series continues strong, eliciting both laughter and tears from me as I read this volume. If you've enjoyed the
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series so far, you'll probably like this one -- and you'll be glad to know that the author intends to write more of them.
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LibraryThing member Judiex
A small group of retirees Coopers Chase have formed the Thursday Murder club. In THE LAST DEVIL TO DIE, one of their friends meets his fate at the beginning of the book.
Kuldish Sharman, an antique dealer who has been involved in shady deals occasionally, reluctantly accepted a box to hold for
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someone overnight. When he got a call to meet someone that night, he did not bring the box with him. he heard the person approaching it before he could get out of the car, he shot to death.
To main characters exhibit change during the story. Joyce takes oven when other characters can no longer do so. Chapters from different perspectives.
The crimes involve drugs and antiques.
One major subplot starts with a letter which Stephen received an and wanted his wife Elizabeth to listen to. He had written the letter a year ago and had itI mailed it to himself. In it, he described his mental conditions, symptoms of dementia and what he wanted to do about it. Their story continues throughout the book and contains very valuable information for people personally are or know people are dealing with dementia.
Richard Osman includes many light episodes. An exceptionally clever one is about is about heroin among the Thursday Murder Club members at a restaurant which keeps changing when a waitress or child walks by.
Easy, well-constructed story with a few twists.
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LibraryThing member phoenixcomet
When one Steven's friends (Elizabeth's husband) are murdered, the Thursday Murder Club is on the move again. This group of seniors make aging fun.
LibraryThing member bookappeal
The best in the series so far - and that's quite a high bar!
LibraryThing member Maydacat
A friend of Stephen’s has been killed, and the Thursday Murder Club is in hot pursuit. In what would become a long and merry chase, the fearless four will leave in their wake surprised criminals and dead bodies. Actually, the bodies are not their fault: when you kill for money and drugs, you
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should expect that the odds of you being a victim at some point are really pretty good. The first murder is personal for the group, being that the deceased was a friend. Elizabeth is in the midst of her own personal grief. Stephen, her husband, is becoming increasing affected with the end stages of dementia. Her friends are rallying around them both, offering support as best they can. Meanwhile, they all are working to sort out the clues in this most intriguing and complex mystery. A large amount of heroin has gone missing, and people are being killed for the want of it. This series just keeps getting better, as this latest installment illustrates. The author has interwoven into this thriller the pathos of a wife whose husband is slowly dying. A bit more of the backstory of another character is disclosed. The author deals with the emotional issues in the story with sensitivity and caring. Everything comes together in a cohesive and spellbinding tale. The saying that there is no fool like an old fool certainly doesn’t apply to this Thursday Murder Club. A more intelligent group of oldsters doesn’t exist. May they live forever, and may the next installment come quickly! (Even though Mr. Osman is going to make us wait a bit for it while he begins a new series.)
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LibraryThing member Velma57
I love the Thursday Murder Club books! Wonderful retired characters living in Coopers Chase, I feel like I know these people personally. This latest book was somewhat emotional though, with one of the characters husband suffering from dementia and the toll it takes on them. But the crime they solve
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had some twists and turns and I wouldn't have guessed the ending.
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LibraryThing member creighley
Shocking news reaches the Thursday Murder Club-an old friend has been killed, and a dangerous package he was protecting has gone missing.
The gang’s search leads them into the antique business,where the tricks of the trade are as old as the objects themselves. As they encounter drug dealers, art
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forgers, and online fraudsters-as well as heartache close to h9me-Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim have no idea whom to trust.
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LibraryThing member ethel55
With the proliferation of really good senior sleuth stories coming out, it's great to be back in Cooper's Chase with the OGs. Their lives are continually evolving and you can't deny these friends are keeping their brains pretty sharp with the odd happenings that touch their world.
LibraryThing member Romonko
4 1/2. What could be more fun than going out on another murder hunt with the intrepid 4 of The Thursday Murder Club. In this book, our group finds themselves in the middle of a drug war after a friend has been found murdered and it turns out that a package he was carrying has gone missing as well.
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How did their elderly friend who runs an antique shop get involved in this deadly game? All the while as the seniors are trying to figure out this puzzle, their leader is dealing with some heartache and despair of her own. Elizabeth's husband Stephen is quickly losing his battle with Alzheimers and Elizabeth is preoccupied with this and with the decisions that she must make. Meanwhile bodies are falling all around, in addition to the club's dead friend, so we are left hoping that they can find their way out of this mess caused by some thoroughly nasty crime lords. These books are so much fun, but this one has a lot of sorrow in it as well. But Joyce and Abraham and Ron, as well as Bogden are on top of things whist still trying to support Elizabeth in her grief. This is a very emotional book, but still full of humour and joy. Number 4 is definitely a winner in this series. The various storylines in the book were a bit confusing to me, so that is why I have given the book 4 1/2 stars. The book is well-worth the read, and if this is the first one that you have read in this series, it will certainly pique your interest to read the other three.
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LibraryThing member DrApple
I love this series. This time the intrepid retirees are searching for a lost shipment of heroin and trying to solve the murder of an antique dealer mostly without the help of Elizabeth. Her husband, Stephen, is sinking ever deeper into depression. The chapters which feature Elizabeth and Stephen
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are a bit depressing and kind of bring down the whole book for me.
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LibraryThing member BoundTogetherForGood
I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book as much as the prior ones. I suppose the fact that it dealt with Stephen's circumstances is why.
LibraryThing member kayanelson
A charming read. This book hit home for me as my mother is battling dementia. Getting into Stephen’s mind made me realize ho difficult it can be for her.
LibraryThing member smik
At their Boxing Day lunch the Thursday Murder Club learns of an online scam affecting new resident Mervyn. And then on December 27th, their friend in the antiques business, Kuldesh Sharma, is killed. These two incidents form the basis of most of the investigations the Club becomes involved in:
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convincing Mervyn that he has been "taken for a ride", and finding out who killed Kuldesh. The Kuldesh scenario leads them once more into close contact with local police Chris and Donna. Puzzlingly Chris and Donna are taken off the case by Jill Regan of the National Crime Agency.

I love the way these books are written, and the empathetic way these geriatic investigators are dealt with, with snippets of humour, and realistic scenarios.

The book contains a tribute to those people, and their families, living with dementia. It is rare for reading a book to bring tears to my eyes, but, as Elizabeth and Stephen arrive at a solution, this one did.

The author finally assures readers that there will be more in this series.
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LibraryThing member beckyhaase
THE LAST DEVIL TO DIE by Richard Osman
How can a book about 4 murders be a tender love story? And yet, THE LAST DEVIL TO DIE is a tender love story. Our four senior sleuths, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim, are caught up in a drug war, an art forgery, a “love for money” fraud and the murder of
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one of Stephen’s friends along with three other murders.
Osman, who has written three other novels starring the four members of the Thursday Murder Club is back again with a delightful, charming and intriguing mystery. His characters are true to form and fine companions for a chill autumn evening or two with a hot cup of tea. Who will be the “last devil to die” and, therefore, the murderer will keep you guessing to the last pages. The main characters are clearly the focus, but Osman makes even minor characters, like the fox, a fully developed personality.
A delightful story well told. Buy it!
5 of 5 stars
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LibraryThing member Neale
Probably the best of the four so far. Some sad aspects plus some funny ones. Great read!
LibraryThing member SandyAMcPherson
Another entertaining story from Osman, but with a sad shadow overhanging the sequence of events as a previous character is the victim, and life progresses as foreshadowed in Book 3 for Stephen and Elizabeth. New participants appear in helping solve the murder mystery and add some amusing aspects to
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the usual discussions.

The mystery somewhat takes a back seat in the midst of the other issues that come forward. Nevertheless, this doesn't detract from reader enjoyment: because the narrative is really built around the people at Coopers Chase and what life is like living amongst the elderly. Never too much, but certainly realistic. Always wry amusement or strong personalities having a bit of an argy-bargy. The main thing to keep in mind: this series really is one of the "read it in order"
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Awards

Anthony Award (Nominee — 2024)
Libby Book Award (Finalist — Mystery — 2023)
LibraryReads (Monthly Pick — Hall of Fame — September 2023)

Pages

368

ISBN

0593299426 / 9780593299425
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