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Thursday Murder Club book club notes

A classic whodunit for the most perceptive reading groups.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing 80, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves to solve the puzzle behind the demise of a local property developer. If our unorthodox but brilliant gang can catch the killer before it’s too late, there’s no reason your book club buddies shouldn’t be able to do the same. Here are some questions to separate the rookies from the sleuths.

Discussion points and questions:

  • Who do you like best: Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim or Ron? Why?
  • Joyce was a nurse, Elizabeth was in the secret service, Ibrahim was a psychiatrist and Ron was a trade union leader. Who do you think was most helpful in solving the crime?
  • Did you think that PC Donna De Freitas and DCI Chris Hudson made a good team? What did one bring that the other lacked, and vice versa?
  • Joyce says ‘I am very happy to be overlooked and always have been. And I do think perhaps that will be helpful in this investigation.’ Do you agree?
  • As Val McDermid said, at the heart of this book is a ‘warning never to underestimate the elderly’. Who misjudges the residents of Cooper’s Chase the most?
  • Who did you think the killer was? What made you think it was them?
  • One of the recurring themes is the grey area between the law and each character’s moral code. Do you think Penny’s husband, John, did the right thing? How about Penny?

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