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Bookfair Justin Fall 2022: Adult

The Bullet That Missed
A Thursday Murder Club Mystery
By (author): Richard Osman
Richard Osman


Pamela Dorman Books



Product Form:



General / adult
Sep 20, 2022
$37.00 CAD


9.28in x 6.2 x 1.1 in | 1.19 lb

Page Count:

352 pages
Pamela Dorman Books
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General

A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman. 

It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A decade-old cold case—their favorite kind—leads them to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers.

Then a new foe pays Elizabeth a visit. Her mission? Kill or be killed. Suddenly the cold case has become red hot.

While Elizabeth wrestles with her conscience (and a gun), Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim chase down the clues with help from old friends and new. But can the gang solve the mystery and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?

From an upmarket spa to a prison cell complete with espresso machine to a luxury penthouse high in the sky, this third adventure of the Thursday Murder Club is full of the cleverness, intrigue, and irresistible charm that readers have come to expect from Richard Osman’s bestselling series.

Story Locale: English countryside

THE THIRD IN THE QUIRKY, BESTSELLING SERIES: The Man Who Died Twice debuted in the top ten on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover, and The Thursday Murder Club was also a New York Times bestseller in paperback. Both installments in the series were #1 bestsellers in the UK and abroad, and featured on the Indie bestseller list. The Thursday Murder Club has sold more than 1 million copies in the UK alone, with the rest of the world catching up.

“OSMANIA” TAKES OVER: Richard Osman is a major star in the UK, and his profile is quickly rising here in the US as well.  The series has received rave reviews from People, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and more, in addition to multiple starred trade reviews, and fantastic blurbs from the likes of Kate Atkinson, Harlan Coben, Shari Lapena, Joe Hill and others.

FRANCHISE IN THE MAKING: We aim to make Richard Osman and the Thursday Murder Club a book-a-year franchise that appeals to both male and female readers, and have signed up four books total to keep the fun alive.

THE FAB FOUR RETURN!: The four club members—Ibrahim, Ron, Joyce, and Elizabeth—have firmly installed themselves in readers’ hearts. Readers will be eager to return to the world of these witty, clever senior citizens for whom no mystery is too tough to solve.

FILM RIGHTS OPTIONED FOR FEATURE FILM: Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment have optioned the series for film adaptation.

Richard Osman is an author, producer, and television presenter. His first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, was a #1 million-copy international bestseller and a New York Times bestseller; The Man Who Died Twice was also a #1 international bestseller and a New York Times bestseller. Critics have already described The Man Who Died Twice as “his second novel,” and his third novel, The Bullet That Missed, is forthcoming. He lives in London with his partner, and Liesl the cat.

Author Residence: London

Author Hometown: Essex

Marketing: Digital advertising campaign

Influencer outreach

Digital asset creation

Social media and online promotion

Library marketing and promotions

Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram

Publicity: Author Events

National Print and Online Reviews and Features

Radio and Podcast Interviews

Mystery Review Attention

Author Social Media: Twitter: @RichardOsman; Facebook: @MrRichardOsman; Instagram: misterosman

“Osman concocts a satisfyingly complex whodunit full of neat twists and wrong turns. But unlike most crime novelists, he ensures his book’s strength and momentum stem not from its plot or its thrills but rather its perfectly formed characters. Once again, the quartet of friends makes for delightful company… Heartwarming and enthralling. ‘They carried a kind of magic, the four of them,’ a policeman muses. That magic is still there in abundance.”
—Washington Post

The Bullet That Missed hits on every front. Its quandaries stymie, its solutions thrill, its banter is worth reciting and its characters exemplify an admirable camaraderie. One can only hope that the Thursday Murder Club’s next outing appears before long.”
—Wall Street Journal

“The Thursday Murder Club is back, and that should make everyone happy — except, of course, murderers. Richard Osman’s engaging series about a group of crime-solving retirees has delighted readers since the first book. The Thursday Murder Club, an international bestseller, was funny, original, baffling, poignant and thoroughly engaging. That’s a high bar to set from the get-go, but Osman has easily achieved it in subsequent books… This book is as delightful as the others. A remarkable achievement, Osman up there effortlessly balancing on that very high bar.”
—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Not to be missed.”


“The mysteries are complex, the characters vivid, and the whole thing is laced with warm humor and—remarkably, considering the body count—good feeling. Your next must-read mystery series.”
—Kirkus, starred review

“Bestseller Osman’s diverting third Thursday Murder Club mystery (after 2021’s The Man Who Lived Twice) delivers laughs along with a nicely woven plot….The pace is breezy, the characters are intelligent and varied in their interests and backgrounds, and the humor is often pitched to readers who understand the vagaries of getting older. Osman reliably entertains.”
—Publishers Weekly

“It’s charming and, as always, will leave you guessing the murderer until the very end.”
Town and Country

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