Book 55 of 52: The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

I left on this trip with only one book — gasp I know! But that’s because I knew I would want to pick up something along my travels to read. That ended up being Richard Osman’s The Bullet That Missed, the third in the Thursday Murder Club Mysteries series. And while my last book had nothing to do with England, this book is about as English as it gets.

It’s about a group of senior citizens in a retirement home — the Thursday Murder Club — and the latest murder they’re trying to solve: that of a young female journalist whose car was pushed off a cliff just as she was about to break a big story. It involves getting into the weeds of local British television, including the pecking order of news readers and presenters (of which Osman is one in real life), and also wound back to the murder from the previous book.

Osman fixed a problem he had with that last one, The Man Who Died Twice. You really needed to remember what happened in the first book (called The Thursday Murder Club) to understand the second, which was annoying. The Bullet That Missed doesn’t have that problem. You could read this and get what happened before because of the context clues. I didn’t have to go find a summary of the last book this time around.

The mystery, as usual, is good. I didn’t guess who it was, but I saw the obvious red herring he planted so yay me. But I like these more because of the group he’s created. I think this quote sums it up: “‘It’s the people in the end, isn’t it?’ says Viktor. ‘It’s always the people. You can move half way around the world to find your perfect life, move to Australia if you like, but it always comes down to the people you meet.'”

Anyway, I took the book photo in Paddington Station in London on my way to catch the Eurostar, which took me to where I’m at now: Paris. But I did have a lovely time in England. Here’s a photo of the store where I bought this book from: Daunt Books for Travelers, which I highly recommend visiting.


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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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